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Jury chosen in former Va. gov's corruption trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A jury has been selected for the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife.

The jury of eight men and four women was seated Monday evening for the trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell. Opening statements are set for Tuesday.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.


US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.

The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.


Va. man charged with leaving 2 kids home alone

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Newport News man has been charged with leaving his two children alone at home.

WAVY-TV reports Newport News police charged 26-year-old Bryan Shaffer with two counts of child neglect.

Police say the grandparents of the 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl told officers that Shaffer was in charge of the children Saturday night. But he wasn't there when they went to the home about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Shaffer was arrested upon returning home. Police say the children were sleeping and unharmed when the grandparents arrived.

Child Protective Services workers have been notified of the case.


New Portsmouth tunnel detour set after traffic jam

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - New detours are being set for the eastbound Downtown Tunnel in Portsmouth after initial plans caused a miles-long traffic jam.

Elizabeth River Crossings spokeswoman Lauren Hansen tells The Virginian-Pilot ( that more vehicles will be redirected to the tolled South Norfolk Jordan Bridge to relieve Midtown Tunnel traffic.

On Saturday, the original detour caused 3 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic from Midtown Tunnel into downtown Portsmouth. Jordan Bridge was mentioned as an alternative route.

The change takes effect this weekend.

The eastbound Downtown Tunnel will be closed every weekend through Sept. 7 for renovations, except for Labor Day weekend. More closures are expected through the fall.

The Portsmouth Police Department, state highway department and Elizabeth River Crossings met Monday to discuss the changes. Elizabeth River Crossings is overseeing the tunnel work.


Mining deaths on rise, 22 in first half of 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 for the same period last year and 19 in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration on Monday released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents. The report shows eight coal miners died in the first half of the year. Fourteen workers in other types of mines - including gypsum, silver and gravel - were killed.

The accidents included miners who were pinned or crushed by heavy equipment. Others fell or were struck by falling objects.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main said in a statement that the fatalities are preventable. He said the deaths should serve as a wake-up call to "keep safety at the forefront."


DC asks for stay of ruling allowing gun carrying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the District of Columbia have asked a federal judge to stay his ruling that strikes down the city's ban on carrying guns outside the home.

Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed the request for a stay on Monday. The judge's ruling was made public on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mayor Vincent Gray plans to draft legislation that would comply with the court ruling. Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Gray, says the mayor doesn't want to wait for appeals process to play out before exploring what legislative steps would be needed.

In the wake of the ruling, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has instructed officers not to arrest District residents who are carrying registered firearms or visitors who have permission to carry guns in their home states.


Virginia teen killed in Michigan tubing accident

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old Virginia girl was killed in a tubing accident on a northern Michigan lake.

The Iosco County sheriff's department tells The Bay City Times ( ) that the accident happened Friday on Jose Lake. It's in Plainfield Township, about 55 miles north of Bay City in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The sheriff's department said Monday that it isn't releasing the girl's identity.

The department says a 55-year-old woman was towing the girl behind a power boat when the tube struck an anchored swimming platform.

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