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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Pentagon has released information showing that the world's largest Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, fielded more sexual assault reports than any other military installation last year. After publishing the data on Friday, officials cautioned that many incidents recorded at bases occur elsewhere. Naval Station Norfolk is home to dozens of ships that deploy across the globe. It recorded 270 reports of sexual assault in 2016, constituting more than 20 percent of those recorded by the Navy.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to order that 55 absentee ballots be counted in the election of a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. The Washington Post reports Judge Claude Hilton said Friday in Alexandria that that the ballots that arrived the day after the Nov. 7 election were late. But Hilton says he saw no evidence of improprieties.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is congratulating college sports champions at the White House. Teams including the Texas A&M women's equestrian team, Pennsylvania State University's women's rugby team, and the University of Washington's women's rowing team have gathered around the White House grounds to be recognized for their wins. Trump is posing for photos with the players. At one point, he playfully got into a wrestling pose. At another, he popped a volleyball into the air.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Rolling Stone is defending itself against a defamation lawsuit over a discredited article about a University of Virginia gang rape. The magazine argues in court documents that UVA fraternity members knew about inconsistencies in the woman's claim weeks before the article's publication. Rolling Stone says that by choosing to keep problems with the woman's account a secret, fraternity members misled the magazine and now have no right to claim they were defamed.

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