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The latest ICE crackdowns on immigrants are hardly 'routine'.

Associated Press/LM OteroIn a town near Seattle, immigration agents went to the home of a convicted Mexican drug trafficker. In passing they also picked up his son, who had no criminal record and a legal permit to work in the United States. In El Paso, Texas, agents walked into a county courthouse and detained an immigrant ...

- Business Insider - US

'Kill all n****rs': Virginia university probes 'white power' video of woman in Donald Trump mask.

Old Dominion University revealed on Tuesday that it was investigating a hate-filled video that was posted on YouTube. Throughout the video, which has now been removed for violating YouTube's community standards, a woman in a Donald Trump mask can be seen dancing and waving a firearm. The woman...

- The Raw Story - US

Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abo...

- The Raw Story - US

Virginia Governor vetoes a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Thomson ReutersVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not ...

- Business Insider - US

Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs. "Attempts to ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Liens show governor's companies owe his state $4.4 million.

BECKLEY, W.Va. " Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show.The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

With laundry service, a group for disabled people benefits the community.

The Marion County Disability Action Center in West Virginia has launched the Feel Good Laundry service, which also gives opportunities to the group's clients.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

This Brooklyn shop makes jewelry you'll want to wear every day.

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. CatbirdAs part of an ongoing series, Insider Picks features products or stores poised for big things. The subject of this spotlight is a beloved jewelry boutique ...

- Business Insider - US

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate.

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006.

- WRAL.com - US

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006.

- Billings Gazette - US

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Virginia death row inmate.

WASHINGTON " The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape in 2006.William Morva argued that he should have been allowed to present evidence that he wouldn't...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Morning Digest: Don't wait around until 2018—there are tons of elections on the ballot this year

Leading Off ● 2017: Regularly scheduled federal elections only take place in even-numbered years, but roughly three-fourths of American cities elect local offices in odd-numbered years. Daily Kos Elections has compiled a 2017 election calendar with all the key dates for this year's major local contests, and we have a lot ...

- Daily Kos - US

Monticello ready to open Sally Hemings' room

Sally Hemings, who was one of the 607 slaves kept by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the U.S., was believed to be the mother of six of his children. The room of Hemings at Monticello mansion, Virginia, is currently under repair as part of a $35 million restoration project, and will be open ...

- The Raw Story - US

Cell Blocks Aren't Psych Wards

In April 2015, Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, was accused of stealing $5 worth of snacks from a convenience store. A Virginia judge ordered Mitchell, who had been prescribed schizophrenia medication, to be sent to a psychiatric hospital, but there were no open hospital beds, so he was put behind bars instead. Five months ...

- Reason.com - US

Virginia Legislature Sends Anti-LGBTQ 'License to Discriminate' Bill to Governor

HRCand Equality Virginia blasted the Virginia House of Representative’s final vote of 54 to 38 passing House Bill 2025 -- discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. The dangerous anti-LGBTQ ...

- Human Rights Campaign - US

Monticello Restoration Project Puts An Increased Focus On Jefferson's Slaves

Thomas Jefferson's Virginia plantation is being renovated to shed more light on the enslaved people who lived and worked there. One of the most notable of those slaves was Sally Hemings.

- NPR - US

In Marshall, Va., Support for Donald Trump Hasn't Wavered

Fauquier County, home to Marshall, is a growing area, with a higher-than-average population of college graduates. Support for Mr. Trump here is one signal that the president is holding his political base.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Nation's largest military shipbuilder plans to hire 3,000

The nation's largest military shipbuilder says it plans to hire 3,000 workers in Virginia this year.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Brown's 3 lifts Miami over No. 18 Virginia, 54-48 in OT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Bruce Brown had a tough night from the field, and yet, with the ball in his hands and Miami in need of a basket, the...

- Townhall.com - US

WVU's Huggins falls in apparent health scare, stays on bench

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees on the court during an apparent health scare while the 12th-ranked...

- Townhall.com - US

After Huggins' scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — After West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees and clutched his chest in a scary moment before halftime,...

- Townhall.com - US

Before 'Loving', Kinney case crossed the color line

In 19th-century Churchville, Va., a blacksmith and a white woman defied the law to marry.         

- USA TODAY - US

Virginia city cancels visit to Ark Encounter after atheist protest

A Virginia city's Parks and Recreation Department has canceled a planned trip to The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum for families after an atheist group claimed it would violate the Constitution due to the exhibit's "Christian and proselytizing nature."

- FOX News - US

Golden Reel, Make-up and Hair awards: 'Hacksaw Ridge', 'AHS: Roanoke', more

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 — Hacksaw Ridge pulled ahead at the 2017 Golden Reel awards with a double win, while the La La Land stylist received a lifetime achievement award from the Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild where American Horror Story: Roanoke...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Virginia's 2017 Governor's Race Will Make Trump-Clinton Look Dull

Virginia chooses a governor in 2017.

- Reason.com - US

Good News, There's a New Election to Fight About: New at Reason

Virginia chooses a governor this year, and it's going to be a show. A. Barton Hinkle writes: If you have been moping around at home for the past few months, barely able to stir from the couch because you are so despondent over the lack of excitement in politics these days—well, cheer up. Relief is on the way. In about ...

- Reason.com - US

Hints from the fossil record on how to re-oyster the Chesapeake

Rowan Lockwood is extracting pearls of data from long-dead oysters.

- PhysOrg - NL

Mike Pence says he was 'disappointed' that Michael Flynn withheld information from him

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool BRUSSELS — Vice President Mike Pence said Monday it was right to oust Michael Flynn as national security adviser for misleading him about the adviser's contacts with Russia. "I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate," Pence ...

- Business Insider - US

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'La La Land', 'People V. O.J. Simpson' Among Winners – Full List

The 2017 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards honored the talented professionals who create the looks for Hollywood's most memorable characters and stars of stage, screen, television and, now, the Internet. Winners in the film categories included La La Land, Suicide Squad and Nocturnal Animals, among others. On ...

- Deadline.com - US

The 2017 legislative elections and the post-Trump map

While many eyes are already on the 2018 midterm elections, it is worth noting that some very important elections on the statewide level are on tap for this November. So, it is fair to say that the first chance to assess the electoral impact of Donald Trump will come in just nine short months. The two states that headline ...

- Daily Kos - US

Telephone owned by Adolf Hitler sells for $243,000

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. " A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000.Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Woman in diabetic shock airlifted by Coast Guard from cruise ship

The 75-year-old passenger was taken to a hospital in Virginia

- ABC News - US

This week at progressive state blogs: In MT—'I don't rent to your kind'; protecting SW Virginia

This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Here is the February 11 edition. Inclusion of a blog post ...

- Daily Kos - US

Carter scores 24, No. 9 WVU beats Texas Tech 83-74 in 2 OTs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia's Jevon Carter and Tarik Phillip weren't in the mood for another debilitating loss after the Mountaineers let a late lead slip away at the end of regulation for the second straight game.

- Billings Gazette - US

Jackson, No. 10 Tar Heels roll past No. 14 Cavaliers 65-41

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina managed to speed up the tempo on Virginia's methodical offense and kept the pressure on a defense that...

- Townhall.com - US

Oldest continuously serving Army National Guard unit celebrates 282nd anniversary

On Friday, the 201st Field Artillery, also known as the First West Virginia,' celebrated its 282nd anniversary as the oldest continuously serving National Guard unit in the U.S. Army.

- Stars and Stripes - US

More state legislatures recognizing pornography is harmful

Richmond, Va., Feb 18, 2017 / 03:02 am .- Virginia could become the third state to officially recognize the harmful effects of pornography. By a vote of 82-8, the Virginia House of Delegates on Feb. 2 passed a resolution recognizing that pornography leads to “individual and societal harms.” The resolution says ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

News24.com | 'Likeable' US man gets 8 years for trying to help Islamic State

A Virginia man caught trying to help the Islamic State group during an FBI sting last year has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison

- News24.com - ZA

Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone

Fairfax, Va. Feb 15, 2017 Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Wisconsin man, Virginia man each get prison for trying to join Islamic State

- A Wisconsin man and a Virginia man were sentenced separately to federal prison on Friday for attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said.

- Reuters - US

ICE agents are rounding up immigrants, criminal or not—it just makes them feel good

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are out in full force, reportedly rounding up nearly 700 "criminal aliens." Except for the guy who was caught sleeping at his father's home in Seattle. Or the two men ambushed by ICE agents after walking out of a homeless shelter in Fairfax County, Virginia, one morning. Whatever ...

- Daily Kos - US

Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

The Senate approved the longtime EPA critic on a 52-46 vote. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota voted for him; Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted against.

- NPR - US

Virginia man gets 8 1/2 years for efforts to aid Islamic State

Haris Qamar tried to fly to Turkey and join the Islamic State in 2014, but his parents stopped him by taking away his passport.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Hitler's telephone – a 'weapon of mass destruction' – is up for auction

A Maryland auction house is selling a telephone owned by Adolf Hitler. Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City says occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner during a visit to Hitler's Berlin bunker. Rayner's son is now selling the red phone...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Wisconsin man, Virginia man each get prison for trying to join Islamic State

Joshua Van Haften, 36, of Madison received a 10-year sentence from a federal court in Wisconsin after pleading guilty in October to attempting to support a terrorist organization. Van Haften, who posted an oath of allegiance to Islamic State's leader online, traveled to Turkey in 2014 and tried to cross the border into ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Chill raccoon hitches a ride on a garbage truck, steals some hearts, remains unfazed

The level of chill this raccoon has reached is previously uncharted territory, honestly. Politico reporter Helena Evich spotted the tiny trash hitchhiker Friday, clinging to the back of a garbage truck and apparently on its way to Rosslyn, Virginia. SEE ALSO: Tiny kitten livestream from tiny house is what you need right ...

- Mashable! - US

Scott Pruitt's name confirmed by Senate to lead Environmental Protection Agency

, Feb 18 : Scott Pruitt's name has been approved by the U.S. Senate to head the Environmental Protection Agency .The Senate confirmed Pruitt's name after lawmakers voted 52-46 in his favour.He got the support of Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin as both voted in his favour.The two Democrats represent energy ...

- Sify - IN

Robert Michel, champion of Washington civility in senior House post, dies at 93

Robert Michel, a gentlemanly Midwesterner who championed civility in Washington as House Republican leader but left Congress dismayed by the rise of conservative firebrands in his own party, died on Friday at age 93, a former aide said. Michel died at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virgi...

- The Raw Story - US

Ten Arrested, Including Four Illegal Aliens, After 'Savage' Gang-Related Killing of Maryland Teen

Imported gang violence continues to afflict Virginia: authorities charged illegal alien suspects with murder and all ten suspects for gang participation and abduction on Thursday for the "brutal" slaying of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas.

- Breitbart - US

Florida man charged with plotting to bomb East Coast Target stores to make the company's stock price drop

A Florida man has been charged with plotting to blow up Target stores in New York, Florida, and Virginia in an alleged conspiracy to send the company's stock plunging. Mark Charles Barnett, 48, of Ocala, Florida, was charged with possession of a destructive device affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon, ...

- Business Insider - US

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