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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) An Ashburn man has been arrested after authorites say he assaulted his fiance and attacked her sister with a samurai-style sword. Loudoun County officials say 27-year-old Richard V. Muse the Second has been charged with felony assault and domestic assault.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Republican attorney general-elect Ken Cuccinelli has selected conservative lawyers to fill key spots in the office he takes over next week. He says his office will be ready to battle what he says are unconstitutional federal mandates on states.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) The command master chief of Carrier Air Wing 17 has been relieved of duty after he was found to be having an inappropriate relationship with a first class petty officer. The Navy announced that Donald Engstrom received a nonjudicial punishment for fraternization.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine says Virginia has exceeded his goal to conserve 400,000 acres during his term. He says the conservation effort has resulted in creation of three state parks, five state forests, three wildlife management areas and 13 natural area preserves.

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