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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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Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through 'Adopt A Cow'

The cheeses of the Italian Alps are prized for their flavor. But the tradition of cheese-making here is dying off. Now remaining farmers are banding together around an unusual adoption program.
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987, and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
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Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday.

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