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CRAWLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Officials say a woman has died in a fire in West Virginia. According to media, the blaze was reported Thursday afternoon at a home in Greenbrier County. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement that the victim was a 77-year-old female. Her name wasn't released. The agency said no smoke alarms were found in the residence.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia couple has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of the woman's 3-year-old son. Media outlets report a Cabell County Circuit Court jury found 24-year-old Mariya Ajena Jones and 33-year-old Aaron Brendon Miles guilty Thursday of second-degree murder and murder of a child by a parent. The jury recommended no parole for Jones and Miles, and a judge sentenced them later Thursday. A medical examiner determined Jayden Jones had been physically abused.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Deer in eight West Virginia counties have died from a disease that causes extensive bleeding. The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease was confirmed in the deer found in Boone, Brooke, Hancock, Lincoln, Marshall, Ohio, Tucker and Wayne counties. The disease has also been confirmed this year in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The DNR says it is not contagious to humans.

HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That's still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago.

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