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February 26, 2015 - 6:58pm
6 min 44 sec ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have agreed to compensate victims who were involuntarily sterilized by state officials decades ago under a widely accepted program.

The Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate victims at the rate of $25,000 each.

More than 7,000 Virginians were sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. There are only 11 known surviving victims.


February 26, 2015 - 6:31pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Three men accused of conspiring in Europe to sell military-grade weapons to informants who said they wanted to shoot down American helicopters in Colombia have pleaded not guilty.

Cristian Vintila, Massimo Romagnoli and Virgil Flaviu Georgescu appeared Thursday in a New York federal court. Their lawyers declined to comment.

Prosecutors say Vintila and Georgescu were based in Romania and Romagnoli was based in Greece. The men were...

February 26, 2015 - 6:29pm
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MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — A rail line has reopened in southern West Virginia where an oil train derailed earlier this month.

A statement from multiple agencies responding to the fiery derailment said crews restored the tracks and reopened the line for commerce Thursday afternoon. Cleanup activities continue at the site in Mount Carbon.

Investigators have not determined what caused 27 of the CSX train's 109 cars to go off the tracks during a Feb. 16...

February 26, 2015 - 6:22pm
6 min 44 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Where there's smoke, there's fire. But fog signals art, as Pittsburgh firefighters are quickly learning.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports that firefighters have been called to a downtown public square at least twice — including on Thursday morning — by people who reported smoke when they saw machine-generated fog that's part of a new art installation.

"A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" by...

February 26, 2015 - 6:19pm
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his experience taking on protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.

The likely Republican presidential contender on Thursday appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference — known as CPAC — in suburban Washington.

Asked how he would handle the Islamic State group, Walker said he's been concerned about the terrorist group for years — at home and...

February 26, 2015 - 6:16pm
6 min 44 sec ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say a woman was knocked unconscious when she was pelted by an egg in a so-called drive-by egging.

Detective Patrick Michaud says the egg hit the woman right behind the ear and knocked her out early Tuesday. Her friends caught her before she fell to the ground and drove her to a local hospital.

Police say the woman and her friends were standing outside a bar in the Crown Hill neighborhood when someone in a passing truck...

February 26, 2015 - 6:10pm
6 min 44 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has for the first time nominated a four-star general to lead the organization responsible for its nuclear missile corps and strategic bomber fleet.

It said Thursday that the nominee is Gen. Robin Rand, a career fighter pilot who has never served in the nuclear missile corps or the bomber force.

Rand currently is commander of Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio.

If confirmed by the...

February 26, 2015 - 6:09pm
6 min 44 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, DC, is now the only place east of the Mississippi where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private. The city's mayor today defied threats from Congress and implemented a voter-approved initiative.

But Republicans in charge of Congress are warning that DC may pay the price -- in smaller federal appropriations to the District.

A GOP lawmaker from Maryland -- who's one of the most vocal pot opponents in the...

February 26, 2015 - 6:08pm
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine."

Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke to CPAC, House Republicans were considering a short-term funding fix to prevent a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department.

Republicans initially linked...

February 26, 2015 - 6:01pm
6 min 43 sec ago

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Two quick-footed therapy llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour.

The fugitive llamas were part of a trio that were making a therapy visit to elderly residents at...

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