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David Duke agrees to pay $5K to man hurt at Virginia rally
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is receiving $5,000 in a judgment against former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke as part of a lawsuit the man filed against white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters. Bill Burke, of Athens, Ohio, says he suffered severe injuries during a 2017 rally in Virginia two years ago. Burke says he was struck by a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr., in a crash that killed a counterprotester during the rally. Duke's lawyer says Duke denies allegations that he promotes violence. Burke's lawyer called the judgment a step in the right direction against white supremacy.
Russian pleads guilty in Virginia to large-scale card fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian national has pleaded guilty to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud. Twenty-nine-year-old Aleksei Burkov struck a plea bargain Thursday in federal court in Alexandria. He was extradited to the U.S. from Israel in November over the objection of Russian officials. An indictment accused Burkov of running a website called Cardplanet that let people buy stolen credit-card numbers for anywhere from $3 to $60. People used the numbers to make more than $20 million in fraudulent purchases. Prosecutors say Burkov even offered a money-back guarantee if a stolen card number no longer worked.
Virus concerns disrupt Chinese student exchange in Virginia
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — More than 20 Chinese exchange students who recently arrived in northern Virginia will be unable to visit their host school because of concerns over a disease outbreak. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church announced Wednesday that the students and chaperones from Hubei province won't be visiting the school or staying with host families as originally planned. Instead, the school will work with the students' tour company to arrange other cultural and educational activities in the area. The changes came after Longfellow parents expressed concerns about the outbreak of a new virus in that part of China that has killed 17 people.
Police: Teacher had sexual relationship with student
FALL CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a high school teacher has been arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Fairfax County police arrested 57-year-old Philip Spivey on Wednesday and charged him with four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian. Justice High School Principal Maria Eck said staff at the school learned of the relationship this month and notified police. Spivey hasn't been to the school since Jan. 8. The school lists Spivey as an English teacher of students with different native languages. Authorities say he also was a private music teacher. Police have asked anyone who may have had inappropriate contact with the teacher to call investigators.
Washington files multistate lawsuit to block 3D gun files
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a move by the Trump administration to allow 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet would make it easier for terrorists and criminals to access weapons. His office is leading a coalition of 20 states in a lawsuit that again seeks to block the Trump administration's move. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Ferguson said a previous multi-state lawsuit led a federal judge last year to strike down the administration’s earlier attempt to allow the files to be distributed. Now, Ferguson says, the federal government is pursuing formal rules that would allow such files to be made public.
Senate passes bill for schools to provide menstrual products
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms. Senate Bill 232 applies to schools that educate fifth-to-12th graders. According to the Virginia Department of Education, this encompasses 132 school districts and almost over 630,000 female students.
Advocates want to make Virginia an abortion 'safe haven'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With a newly empowered Democratic majority at the Virginia General Assembly, abortion-rights advocates say the state has a chance to roll back decades of restrictions and become a “safe haven” for women in neighboring conservative states. Pro-choice groups are pushing to undo Republican-backed laws including a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and requirements for ultrasound and counseling. A Senate committee passed that bill Thursday, a day after a House committee advanced that chamber's version. Abortion opponents argue the laws protect a pregnant woman's health and safety and are prudent given the gravity of the decision to obtain an abortion.
Wanted man who hid in pipe dies from suspected hypothermia