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Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia's former governor was all about business texted or called the first lady more than 1,200 times over the course of nearly two years.

A defense attorney in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, raised the issue of the frequent texting Friday in his cross-examination of Jonnie Williams. Williams is testifying under immunity for the prosecution.

Attorney William Burck also showed an email Maureen McDonnell sent to Williams the day an earthquake hit Virginia. It said: "I just felt the EARTH MOVE AND I WASN'T HAVING SEX!!!!"

The McDonnells are charged with taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's products.


Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is tentatively approving a plan to have government sharpshooters kill more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years.

The agency released its final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the plan involving the Antietam and Monocacy (mah-NAH-kah-see) battlefields in Maryland and the Manassas battlefield in Virginia.

The decision becomes final in 30 days barring unforeseen developments.

The plan is intended to reduce damage to forests and other vegetation.

It includes a combination of lethal and nonlethal measures to keep the deer herd in check. After the fifth year of shooting, the agency would use chemical contraceptives to maintain an acceptable deer density, assuming an appropriate reproductive control agent becomes available.


Woman killed in crash involving police cadet

LANHAM, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Prince George's County involving an SUV driven by a cadet.

It happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 495 in Lanham. Troopers say 18-year-old Sebastian Reyes, a cadet in the commercial vehicle enforcement division, was driving an unmarked SUV on a routine assignment.

Police say Reyes used a crossover for emergency vehicles to head in the opposition direction. Officers say Reyes lost control of the vehicle and sideswiped a car driven by 59-year-old Karen Holt-Williams of Temple Hills.

Authorities say Holt-Williams' car traveled across the interstate and hit a jersey wall. Reyes' SUV hit another car.

Holt-Williams died at a local hospital. The crash is under investigation.

Troopers say Reyes has been placed on leave.


Cantor to resign from House seat in August

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday that the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor's office is reviewing the request for a special election.

Hours after stepping down as House majority leader Thursday, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he would step down instead of serving his full term, which would have ended in January.

Cantor told the newspaper a special election would give the winner seniority rather than waiting until January to take office with the new Congress.

Cantor lost to Dave Brat, an underfunded, tea party-backed opponent, in the June Republican primary.


Army extends comment period in Md. trail dispute

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is giving people more time to comment on a disputed plan to fence off part of a popular Silver Spring running trail near an old Army landfill.

Officials said Friday they will accept comments through Sept. 11 regarding the Ireland Trail near the Forest Glen Annex. The previous deadline was Aug. 11.

Engineers want to install nearly 2,500 feet of chain-link fence around an area officials believe is contaminated with toxins and medical waste from the landfill. More than 30 chemicals have been found in the soil, groundwater and a stream.

The plan would close off about 30 percent of the trail. Some area residents say warning signs are enough.

The annex is operated by Fort Detrick in Frederick. It includes a medical research facility.


Cabrera set to make Nationals debut

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals activated infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on Friday and optioned right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals acquired Cabrera, along with cash considerations, from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for infielder Zach Walters.

Cabrera, 28, was in Washington's starting lineup Friday night, batting seventh and playing second base. The veteran shortstop has started 149 games at second base, most recently in 2009.

Cabrera is hitting .270 for his career, with 211 doubles and 82 home runs in 914 games, all with Cleveland.

Barrett, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Washington this season, but he has allowed seven earned runs in his last 6 2-3 innings.

His 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings are tops among all National League rookie relievers (minimum 30 innings pitched).


Young beats Anderson to reach Citi Open semifinals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 Friday at the Citi Open.

Young, an American ranked 73rd, hadn't made it this far on tour since October 2011, when he was the Thailand Open runner-up. Two months earlier, he got to the semifinals at Washington's hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.

When Friday's match ended, Young screamed and slapped his chest with his right palm.

Young will face No. 2 Milos Raonic or unseeded Steve Johnson on Saturday.

In women's action, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the semifinals when Vania King withdrew from the tournament with a right hip injury, while Marina Erakovic beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-4, and Kurumi Nara defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1.

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