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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A judge in Virginia has dismissed piracy charges against six Somali nationals accused in an attack on a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Africa. The six still face charges of plundering and weapons counts.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Aides to Gov. Bob McDonnell say the state's final 2010 budget surplus will be nearly $404 million, nearly double the previous estimate. He planned to make the announcement Thursday to the General Assembly's money committees.

    LAS VEGAS (AP) A lawyer says a 77-year-old retired postal worker will fight his transfer in custody from Las Vegas to Virginia to face a murder charge in the slaying of his then-wife 45 years ago. The move could postpone extradition for Donald James Long for a month or more. A Clark County District Court hearing was postponed today until Thursday.

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) The family of a Pennsylvania Navy reservist killed in a head-on crash in Kuwait has filed a wrongful death suit against a civilian contractor and his employer. The estate of Petty Officer Brian Patton filed suit yesterday in federal court in Scranton.

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