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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A former Virginia Tech graduate student says he's deeply remorseful for the decapitation killing of a classmate in 2009. Haiyang Zhu was sentenced to life without parole today for killing fellow Chinese student Xin Yang. The slaying was the first at Virginia Tech since the 2007 mass shooting.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Gun rights activists are carrying holstered handguns and unloaded rifles at a northern Virginia rally defending the Second Amendment. They say it's the first armed rally in a national park since a new law allowing people to carry firearms in national parks.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Roanoke is getting $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess pollution problems. The funding is part of a national program targeting abandoned industrial and commercial properties for cleanup projects.

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