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MCAULIFFE DONATION

McAuliffe, Warner donate funds tied to straw donor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen Mark Warner are donating to charity funds tied to a wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty Thursday in New York to using straw donors to bypass campaign finance limits. He's also given directly to the campaigns of several Democrats besides McAuliffe and Warner.

An adviser to McAuliffe's political action committee said Thursday that the governor will donate $4,300 to a nonprofit that provides free health care to the poor. Chatwal gave to McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign.

A spokesman for Warner said the $1,000 Chatwal gave to Warner's campaign in 2012 will be donated to charity.

Last month, McAuliffe donated $2,500 to charity after Washington, D.C., businessman Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty to several campaign finance violations.

Chatwal and Thompson were large donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. McAuliffe was Clinton's campaign chairman.

There's been no evidence that Clinton, McAuliffe or Warner were aware of either Chatwal's or Thompson's wrongdoing.

BODIES-TRASHED APARTMENT

Man convicted of killing 4 over drug stash

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A Texas man has been convicted of fatally shooting four people, including two toddlers, after 60 pounds of marijuana went missing.

Forty-seven-year-old Darrell Lynn Bellard of Dickinson, Texas, was convicted Thursday by a Prince George's County jury on four counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 slayings.

Thirty-eight-year-old Dawn Brooks; her children, 3-year-old Shayla Sikyala and 4-year-old Shakur Sikyala; and the children's aunt, 41-year-old Mwasiti Sikyala, were found dead in a trash-filled apartment above a detached garage in Lanham.

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced her intention to seek the death penalty for Bellard when she took office in 2011. Maryland abolished the death penalty last year; Alsobrooks is seeking a term of life without parole.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 29.

OBAMA-REPUBLICANS-IMMIGRATION

Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.

Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't learned how to work effectively with lawmakers.

Obama told reporters during a press conference Thursday that they actually had a "very pleasant conversation" and that he called the Virginia Republican to wish him a happy Passover. Obama says there was a mismatch between Cantor's stance in private and public.

Obama supports a bipartisan Senate bill that has stalled in the House, where Republicans prefer a piecemeal approach. Obama said in a statement before their call that Republicans are behind the times on immigration.

CHRIS BROWN-BODYGUARD

Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer says the man who claims he was punched by Chris Brown and his bodyguard is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose.

Bernard Grimm made the statements at a trial Thursday in Washington for his client, bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, who is charged with misdemeanor assault.

Both men were arrested in October after a Maryland man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo with Brown and two women.

Hollosy's trial is expected to last one to two days. Brown's trial will follow. Brown denies punching the man.

FORT PICKETT-SECURITY

Va. base to be home for embassy training center

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Members of Virginia's congressional delegation say Fort Pickett will be the home of a training center for U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to high-threat areas around the globe.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Obama administration. The Fort Pickett facility will be called the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the center will provide training for up to 10,000 students annually. He said the General Services Administration has said the center will create hundreds of jobs and bring federal investment to rural Nottoway County.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said the 2012 deaths in Benghazi and threats to U.S. embassies around the world underscore the need for the training center.

Besides Virginia's U.S. senators, U.S. Reps. Randy Forbes and Robert Hurt delivered the announcement.

NATIONALS-FISTER

Nats' Fister throws 2 innings at extended spring training

WASHINGTON (AP) - Right-hander Doug Fister threw two innings at extended spring training in Florida and could join the Nationals in about three weeks "assuming all goes well," manager Matt Williams said.

Williams said Fister had "no issues" Thursday.

Fister is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 23 with a strained back muscle.

The plan is for Fister, acquired from Detroit in an offseason trade, to get five days' rest before increasing to three innings. He will then head to a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment for "probably a couple" starts, Williams said.

"We've got to build him like we would build him in spring. I think he's a little bit ahead of the game in that regard, but certainly would like him to get five innings somewhere, at least," Williams said.

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