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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The U.S. has deployed a warship to the Mediterranean Sea capable of shooting down ballistic missiles as it tries to protect Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear threat. The USS Monterey departed from its home port in Norfolk, Va. on Monday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Smithfield Foods is giving consumers a behind-the-scenes look at the world's largest pork producer on the heels animal abuse allegations at one of its hog farms. The Smithfield, Va.,-based company said Monday that it has released a new series of videos that provide an in-depth look at pork production at the company's Murphy-Brown livestock production subsidiary.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Norfolk man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges. U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says 25-year-old Darnell M. Barnwell pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Norfolk to conspiracy to defraud the Navy Federal Credit Union and to committing credit union fraud.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Ingle's grocery stores founder Robert "Bob" Ingle has died at age 77. The North Carolina-based company now has 200 locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

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