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MIDTERM ELECTION-VIRGINIA

In Virginia, US Senate race unusually low key

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The top senate race between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie is decidedly lower key than previous elections in Virginia.

Polls have consistently shown Warner with a large lead over his Republican rival, and national groups that have been pouring money into competitive senate races in other states have largely ignored the Old Dominion.

But Gillespie says he's hopeful that the race will tighten after Labor Day.

And Republicans say public polls may be missing how close the race is. They say a Warner-aligned super PAC's attack ad against Gillespie is proof the race is closer than it looks.

BOARDING SCHOOL-CHARGE

Ex-Va. boarding school director convicted

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - A former program director at a faith-based boarding school for troubled teens in Virginia has been convicted of sexual battery.

Nathaniel Daniel entered an Alford plea to the misdemeanor charge this month in Caroline County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

A judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison but suspended it and ordered Daniel to undergo a sex offender evaluation.

Daniel was removed as a program director at the Abundant Life Academy, a boarding school for troubled teens in Milford.

The Free Lance-Star reports a police tip about an incident in June led to the charge against him. No other details were released.

Four others former workers at the school face trial in October on assault charges in a February incident involving a student.

ELECTION FRAUD-MARYLAND

Some Md., Va. residents may have cast 2 ballots

BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocacy groups say hundreds of Maryland and Virginia voters may have cast two ballots, one in each state.

The Maryland State Prosecutor's Office is investigating an allegation made by two groups, Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland. Those groups say there is evidence of double voting among some Maryland and Virginia residents.

Virginia Voters Alliance says it found that 164 people cast ballots in 2012 in both Maryland and Virginia, which is illegal under federal law.

The groups say they uncovered thousands of duplicate voting registrations in Maryland and Virginia.

EQUIPMENT FATAL

Man killed by falling equipment from truck in Va.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Police in Newport News say a man has died after a metal object from a flatbed truck fell on him.

Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson says in a news release the 79-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene of Friday's accident in Newport News.

McPherson says two men were transporting various pieces of equipment on a flatbed truck when the load shifted. The truck pulled over and the men were adjusting the truck's cargo straps when a piece of equipment fell.

Police identified the victim as John Parmley of Oriental, North Carolina.

LIVING ROOM COCKPIT

Va. man builds flight simulator in his living room

ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - A homeowner in Ashland has built the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in the middle of his living room.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Alvaro Coronado is afraid of flying and decided to face his fear by learning the sounds and movements of the plane.

The building process involved trial and error and some unconventional thinking.

He used plumbing pipe to form the shape of the flight simulator's nose. Layers of thin metal sheets form the roof and are nailed to plastic material around the piping. Hard spray insulation foam holds everything together.

Using flight-simulating software, computer monitors display the changing view of the sky and Earth.

Coronado says he never went to flight school or engineering school. With a grin, he says he attends "YouTube University."

POLICE CRUISER-ACCIDENT

Norfolk police cruiser involved in wreck; 5 hurt

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Five people have been injured in a car accident in Norfolk, including two police officers.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a Norfolk police cruiser with its lights and sirens activated collided with a car shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday. Police spokeswoman Melinda Wray says the impact pushed the cruiser into two other vehicles.

Wray says both officers in the cruiser and two men and a boy in the car had non-life threatening injuries. The officers were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and those in the car were taken to Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital.

The accident is under investigation, although Wray says charges are pending against the car's driver for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

FISHING VESSEL-LEAK

Coast Guard helps leaky boat off Virginia coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says it has assisted a recreational fishing boat that took on water in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 46-foot vessel with six adults and two children aboard was about 45 miles east of Cape Henry when the operator reported the incident at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Coast Guard says it launched a response boat from Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach. A Coast Guard helicopter and airplane returning from an unrelated rescue also responded. The helicopter lowered a pump to the fishing boat and the leak was eventually stopped before the vessel was escorted to Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.

NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

National Book Festival opens moves inside Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Book Festival has moved inside and is opening to the public in the Washington Convention Center this weekend after a decade on the National Mall.

The free festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Library of Congress event features activities and books for readers of all ages.

This year's festival includes a poetry slam, a discussion about books that have been made into movies and live cooking demonstrations from some top chefs.

Pavilions for various reading subjects will feature more than 100 authors and illustrators. The Pavilion of the States will feature each state's literary heritage. New pavilions will focus on science, picture books and the culinary arts.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are the honorary hosts.

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