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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The last American veteran of World War One is lying in honor inside a chapel at Arlington National Cemetery. Frank Buckles will be buried with full military honors later today. He died last month at age 110.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Authorities say it isn't clear what caused a sport-utility vehicle to run off the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel and into the water. Police found the vehicle this morning and still are searching for the two people believed to have been inside the vehicle.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A police department academy is revising training policies after a recruit collapsed during training and died. Forty-year-old Norfolk police recruit John Kohn collapsed during self-defense training in December.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Seven Somalis have pleaded not guilty to piracy and other charges today in federal court in Norfolk. The charges are related to a hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) University of Virginia researchers are hoping that a test flight at a NASA facility next year will help them evaluate designs for rockets using compressed air. Researchers in Charlottesville unveiled a model yesterday of a rocket called a scramjet that uses cutting-edge technology to reach speeds many times faster than that of sound.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has created a community council to help shape its policy decisions. The Fed announced the new, 12-member council today.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) The indicted security chief at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine is due back in federal court today. Hughie Elbert Stover's arraignment on obstruction charges is set for 11 o'clock this morning in Beckley.

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

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