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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Philip Morris USA and other major tobacco companies won a lawsuit todayfiled by 37 Missouri hospitals seeking more than $455 million for treating sick smokers. Philip Morris USA was one of six tobacco companies involved in the lawsuit.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia General Assembly ended its legislative redistricting session without taking care of another pressing matter: selection of two new state Supreme Court justices. Legislators were unable to agree on successors to retiring Justice Lawrence Koontz Junior and the late Justice Leroy Hassell Senior.

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) Officials are releasing new details about the four storm-related deaths in Washington County. A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says two people were killed in separate residences, one at a local business and a fourth in a traffic crash Thursday morning. A fifth person was killed in Halifax County.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state Senate has passed a new plan redrawing Virginia's legislative districts just in time to allow House and Senate primaries to proceed as scheduled in August. The plan advances to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who vetoed a previous version of the legislative reapportionment bill two weeks ago.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The ACLU of Virginia has lost its bid to allow organizers of a protest parade in Richmond bypass paying traffic control fees. Police had told organizers to pay $294 for the use of two patrol cars and two off-duty officers to serve as police escorts.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) Portsmouth police have identified a man who was fatally shot by an officer investigating a burglary report. The police chief identifies the man as 26-year-old Kirill Ivanovich Denyakin.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office has hired a man who served nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn't commit. Forty-six-year-old Thomas Haynesworth began working last week in the office's mailroom and supply room as an office technician.

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) Virginia's first lady is taking to the sky to support military families. First lady Maureen McDonnell and her daughter, Cailin, will skydive along with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team todayon Friday as part of her ongoing work to raise awareness for military families. The jump will take place at the Dinwiddie Airport.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.
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Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.
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Local Lawmakers Returning Early To Capitol Hill For Syria Vote

House lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill tonight to meet the president's call for action on Syria.

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Apple's U2 Album Promotion Backfires

U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple's CEO called, "the largest album release of all time." They released U2's album, Songs of Innocence, for free to everyone with an iTunes account.

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