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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) A Chinese ship seized by federal authorities after it and its owner were sued over a crane accident at APM Terminals in Portsmouth has been released.

Port officials say the ship delivered two new cranes and was pulling away when another crane aboard the vessel clipped one crane on the dock, causing it to fall off its tracks.

BOSTON (AP) Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting federal health care reform. Coakley's brief filed this week with the Virginia court argues that a Massachusetts law has successfully reduced the number of uninsured people and saved money.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A state report says there's been little change in water quality in the central Shenandoah Valley, despite cleanup efforts by local governments and farmers. The report by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality assessed about half of the 14-county region's 6,810 miles of rivers and streams.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Transportation is launching a blitz of patching to plug thousands of potholes across the commonwealth. Gov. Bob McDonnell says more than 161,000 potholes were repaired during last year's pothole campaign.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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