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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli promises that a national investigation into mortgage foreclosure practices will be thorough and fair to both homeowners and lenders. He says he's joining other state attorneys general in an investigation of broken laws in foreclosures nationwide.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Microsoft founder Bill Gates is in northern Virginia for the dedication of a new $17 million learning center at United Way Worldwide headquarters that will bear his mother's name. Most of the funding for the learning center at the Alexandria headquarters came from a $10 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Department of Forensic Science is expected to present its report regarding the use of a controversial form of DNA searching that helps identify criminal suspects using genetic material from their relatives. The report is expected to be released on Friday.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A former American Safety Razor purchasing director will spend more than two years in prison for defrauding the company out of more than $900,000. Authorities say 42-year-old Joseph Scott Champion of Fishersville was sentenced today to 30 months in prison.

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