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Published: 04/25/11

Supreme Court Rejects Quick Review of Health Care Law

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Supreme Court Rejects Quick Review of Health Care Law

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track. Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama's signature legislation will continue in federal appeals courts. The justices turned down a request by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a leading opponent of the law, to resolve questions about its constitutionality quickly. The Obama administration opposed Cuccinelli's plea. Only rarely, in wartime or a constitutional crisis, does the court step into a legal...

Published: 04/17/11

North Carolina Gets Worst of Storms That Ravaged Swath of US

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North Carolina Gets Worst of Storms That Ravaged Swath of US

ASKEWVILLE, N.C. - A tornado-spewing storm system that killed at least 45 people across half the country unleashed its worst fury on North Carolina, where homes broke apart, trees snapped and livestock were swept into the air. Residents in the capital city and rural hamlets alike on Sunday mourned the dead, marveled at their own survival and began to clean up devastated neighborhoods. Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday, but most of the state's 21 confirmed deaths occurred in two rural counties. A thunderstorm spawned a tornado that killed four people i...

Published: 04/17/11

Twisters Leave Dozens Dead, Destruction in 6 States

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Twisters Leave Dozens Dead, Destruction in 6 States

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rescue crews searched for survivors in wind-blasted landscapes Sunday in North Carolina, the state hardest hit by a storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Virginia and left dozens dead. The spring storm, North Carolina's deadliest in two decades, spun off 62 tornadoes in that state alone Saturday night. Eleven people were confirmed dead in rural Bertie County, county manager Zee Lamb said. Another four were confirmed dead in Bladen County, bringing the state's death toll to at least 21. Deaths reported by officials in five other states brought the U.S....

Published: 04/14/11

12,000-Square-Foot White House Replica for Sale

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12,000-Square-Foot White House Replica for Sale

Want the presidential digs without the presidential headaches? Pony up $4.65 million and the White House is yours. Realtor Chu Nguyen of Fairfax Realty is selling the McLean, Va., home on behalf of an anonymous Vietnamese engineer. Using White House blueprints, he built the house out of love for the country that took him in as a refugee in the mid-'70s. At 12,000 square feet, the home at 1111 Towlston Road is one-fifth the size of the home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. After a seven-year build, the engineer and his family moved in 15 years ago. Hollywood came knocking, and the new home stood in ...

Published: 04/11/11

To the Hounds: Fox Hunting Lives On as an Animal-Friendly Pastime

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To the Hounds: Fox Hunting Lives On as an Animal-Friendly Pastime

GORMAN, Calif. -- It's a pastime, participants will tell you, that's as American as apple pie: one played in the great outdoors, on real grass, with lots of running and jumping and zig zagging all over the place. And, no, it's not football or baseball, although a horsehide is tangentially involved. David McNew, AP Huntsman Scott Neill and foxhounds return from a British-style fox hunt for coyotes March 26 on Tejon Ranch near Gorman, Calif. We're talking fox hunting here, a sport so American it has been pursued by presidents, Hollywood celebrities and just plain folks from all wal...

Published: 03/29/11

Police: Va. Parents Sealed Children Into Filthy Bedroom With Drywall

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Police: Va. Parents Sealed Children Into Filthy Bedroom With Drywall

A Virginia couple are accused of leaving their three young daughters in a room filled with urine and feces, then nailing drywall to the door, trapping the children inside. John Michael Robey, 33, and Christina Dawn Moore, 26, have been charged with felony child abuse, the Prince William County Police said in a statement. The couple's 4-year-old daughter managed to escape the Bristow, Va., home Saturday evening and run to the home of a neighbor, who called police. When they arrived at the home, police said they found the little girls' two younger sisters, a 4-month-old and a 2-year-old, alone...

Published: 03/17/11

Virginia Middle School Students Suspended for Oregano Possession

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Virginia Middle School Students Suspended for Oregano Possession

A few Virginia parents would probably like to know what local school administrators are smoking. Seventh-grader Adam Grass and three other students at Hickory Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were suspended last week after being caught with what teachers initially thought was a bag of marijuana but turned out to be a stash of oregano, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Unfortunately for the disciplined boys, now facing expulsion, there isn't much of a difference between Italian herbs and Mary Jane, at least in the state's eyes. According to school board member Christie Craig, Virginia has a zero-...

Published: 03/13/11

Woman Goes to Va. Court With Tiny Monkey in Bra

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Woman Goes to Va. Court With Tiny Monkey in Bra

AMHERST, Va. -- A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra. The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn't notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork. In an interview with The News & Advance of Lynchburg, the woman says the marmoset is 7 weeks old and requires constant attention. The woman tells the newspaper she bought the animal on an o...

Published: 03/5/11

Police: Serial Rape Suspect Tried to Hang Self

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Police: Serial Rape Suspect Tried to Hang Self

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The man suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years tried to hang himself in his cell Saturday, but survived and was treated at a hospital, police said. Aaron Thomas, 39, was returned to jail after a brief hospital stay, New Haven police Officer Joe Avery said Saturday night. Thomas is scheduled to appear Monday in New Haven Superior Court. Police said Saturday that DNA confirmed that the unemployed truck driver is the East Coast Rapist, suspected in attacks on at least 17 women. Thomas could not be reached for ...

Published: 03/4/11

East Coast Rapist Suspect Arrested in Connecticut

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East Coast Rapist Suspect Arrested in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A man suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over a span of 12 years as the so-called East Coast Rapist has been arrested in Connecticut, federal and local authorities said. The suspect, 39-year-old Aaron Thomas, was facing questioning by investigators following his arrest Friday at his home in New Haven, police spokesman Joseph Avery said. Fairfax County Police / AP This composite of artists' sketches provided by the Fairfax, Va., County Police Department was distributed in a recent initiative to catch the attacker. On...

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