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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Zach Terwilliger to serve on an interim basis as U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia. The Alexandria-based office has a high profile in the Justice Department. It handles numerous terrorism and espionage cases. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is scheduled to go on trial there in July. Virginia's senators have recommended Terwilliger for the post, but he has not yet been nominated by President Donald Trump.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has appointed two brain experts to evaluate a man facing the death penalty in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl last year. The appointment Thursday of a neuropsychologist and neurotoxicologist to evaluate 23-year-old Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling came over the objections of a prosecutor who called the request "neuro-witchcraft." Martinez-Torres is facing charges including capital murder and rape in the June killing of Nabra Hassanen of Reston.

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a power company can continue constructing controversial power line towers that will cross the James River near historic Jamestown Island in Virginia. In an opinion published Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled against conservation groups who sued to stop the project. They claimed the towers will harm the view near the historic site. Dominion Energy says the project is needed to meet the region's growing energy needs.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who served as a Navy commander wants to lead Democrats in capturing a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL. National Democrats have their eyes on the 2nd Congressional District spanning Virginia's coast where Democrat Elaine Luria hopes to win a June primary and face Republican Congressman Scott Taylor in the fall.

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