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ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — NASA plans to launch a suborbital rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore next week to test new rocket technologies. NASA says in a news release that the Terrior-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched from its Wallops Island facility between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A pretrial hearing on 13 defense motions in the case of five Somali nationals accused of piracy enters a second day in Norfolk. A federal judge is scheduled to resume the hearing today as attorneys for the five defendants attempt to chip away at the government's case.

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Three groups say they want a crack at upgrading U.S. 460 in eastern Virginia. The proposals would turn the highway between Petersburg and Suffolk into a four-lane toll road.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it began inspecting parts used to build submarines nearly a year ago after it received a tip about discrepancies from Northrop Grumman Corp.'s shipyard in Newport News. The supplier, Fairless Hills, Pa.-based Bristol Alloys, and its president are charged in a federal information with defrauding the government.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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