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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A federal judge in Norfolk has declared a mistral in the case of two former Blackwater workers accused of murdering two unarmed Afghan civilians and wounding a third man in Kabul. The judge set a new trial date for March 1.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is holding its fourth annual tax holiday on energy-efficient products. Gov. Bob McDonnell says the tax holiday will run from Oct. 8 until Oct. 11, giving residential consumers time to buy such energy-efficient appliances like dishwaters and washing machines.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A conservation-minded group has donated about 150 acres along the James River to Virginia Commonwealth University to help expand the school's biological field station. The area includes critical bald-eagle nesting areas and habitat for many plants and animals.

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