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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The piracy trial of five Somali men accusted of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa is nearly in the hands of jurors. Authorities say closing arguments this afternoon are expected to the be final step before the federal case in Norfolk goes to the jury.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) Attorneys for the families of two students slain in the Virginia Tech shootings are arguing that university leaders should not be exempt from a $10 million lawsuit. Other lawyers say the president and a former assistant are protected by sovereign immunity because the school is partly state-funded.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) A Portsmouth teenager convicted of firing shots from a gun inside a high school has been committed to state custody. Sixteen-year-old Keith Elliott was sentenced today in Portsmouth Circuit Court in the case, which caused no injuries.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia officials are bracing for winter and urging residents to reppare emergency kits with flashlights, food and water. A severe storm in December 2009 dumped up to 2 feet of snow on some areas like a similar storm last February.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 22

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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

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Cuccinelli Claims PAC Shortchanged His Campaign

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A lawsuit by Republican Ken Cuccinelli says a political action committee raised large amounts of money invoking his name in email solicitations despite giving only a pittance to his 2013 campaign.

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Cellphones In Class Are No Problem In One Maryland School District

An Eastern Shore school district is allowing teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance.

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