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Snow forces many Virginia schools to close - Free Lance-Star
RICHMOND — A winter storm dumped an inch or two of snow across much of central and eastern Virginia, forcing many schools to close. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for those regions Tuesday. The weather service said snow was ...

Howling blizzard slams Boston area; New York mostly spared - Free Lance-Star
BOSTON — A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on the Boston area along with other stretches of lower New England and Long Island on Tuesday but failed to live up to the hype in Philadelphia and New York City, where buses and subways ...

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights - Free Lance-Star
SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for ...

Virginia's jobless rate falls to lowest since October 2008 - Free Lance-Star
RICHMOND — The U.S. Labor Department says Virginia's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state's lowest unemployment rate since October 2008. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5 percent in November and ...

Virginia Senate OKs bipartisan redistricting, 2-term governor - Free Lance-Star
RICHMOND — The state Senate on Monday approved constitutional amendments that would establish a bipartisan redistricting process and enable the Virginia governor to seek a second term. But both measures face long odds in the House of Delegates.

Despite pressure, College Football Playoff not interested in moving semis off New Year's Eve - Free Lance-Star
The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff ...

Sister of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author leaves books to famed writer - Free Lance-Star
MONROEVILLE, Ala. — The late sister of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, Alabama attorney and church leader Alice Lee, is leaving books and other personal items to the famed writer. Alice Lee’s will, filed in Monroe County Probate Court ...

Morris leaves Redskins to join Falcons' staff - Free Lance-Star
WASHINGTON — Raheem Morris, who served the past three seasons as the Redskins’ defensive backs coach, is leaving the team to accept a position with the Atlanta Falcons, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Monday. Morris, a former head ...

Dolores Westerkamp - Free Lance-Star
Dolores Westerkamp, 92, of Fredericksburg passed away after a short illness at her home in Chancellor’s Village on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was born in Chicago. As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Dolores enjoyed living in the Philippines ...

Letter: Howell has worked for the good of our area - Free Lance-Star
I’ve called out Speaker William J. Howell in the past, for a few votes that I disagreed with. It is my duty as a citizen to voice my opinions to the elected leadership, and it is his duty to listen. Often, my objections were met with detailed facts and ...

Tammy Jo Jenkins - Free Lance-Star
Tammy Jo Jenkins, 55, of Fredericksburg died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Mary Washington Hospital. Survivors include her father, Kenneth “Pete” Harding Sr.; brother Kenneth Harding Jr.; and sister Melody Curtis (Mark). She was preceded in death by her ...

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter - Free Lance-Star
ALEXANDRIA — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Jurors convicted 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling, of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts ...

Lily C. Noakes - Free Lance-Star
Lily Catherine Noakes, 7-year-old daughter of Eric and Melanie Noakes of Stafford County, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and close friends after a six-year battle with a grade III anaplastic ...

Nellie P. Smith - Free Lance-Star
Nellie Pearl Smith, 81, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Fredericksburg, transitioned peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at her home. She was one of 10 children born to John and Nancy Pearl Smith, who preceded her in death, along with three brothers ...

Mid-Atlantic to expect snow, sleet through Tuesday - Free Lance-Star
WASHINGTON — As a winter storm moves through the region, making its way northeast, meteorologists say Mid-Atlantic residents should brace for more scattered snow showers, sleet and icy conditions Monday night. Commuters saw mostly slick roads with ...

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