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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville's leaders have decided their city isn't ready for Emancipation and Justice. The Virginia city's council voted to rename two parks dominated by statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson to yet again, to the neutral Market Street and Court Square parks.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and prison sentences of two women who used an internet chat room to raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group al-Shabab. Muna Osman Jama, of Reston, Virginia, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, of Kent, Washington, were convicted of providing support to a terrorist organization. Jama was sentenced to 12 years, while Dhirane received 11 years.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has died after accidentally stabbing himself with a sword. Newport News police said in a statement that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the unidentified man's house. Witnesses told police that the 28-year-old was walking down some stairs with the sword in his hands. It accidentally plunged into his groin area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MINERAL, Va. (AP) - Safety officials are planning to stage a mock emergency at Dominion Energy's Louisa County nuclear power plant to test emergency procedures onsite and in surrounding communities. The drill is scheduled for Tuesday at the North Anna Power Station. The exercise will involve officials in Caroline, Hanover, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania counties, nearby towns and various agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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