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Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

People gathering to oppose Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter fluid in clash on University of Virginia campus Hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a…

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US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

Kevin Mallory accused of selling classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China. The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty and potentially face the…

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Wife of Virginia shooter who targeted Republicans: ‘I can’t believe he did this’

Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words as she made her first public statement since her husband attacked a Republican congressional baseball practice The wife of critically injured GOP congressman Steve Scalise has spoken publicly for the first time about the shooting, telling reporters: I cant believe he did this. At an emotional press conference outside the couples home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nations…

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How a Republican baseball practice in Virginia became ‘a killing field’

In a rampage lasting 10 awful minutes, a gunman targeted Republican politicians as they held an early-morning practice in a picturesque park America has been made to endure this pain before when a mass shooting desecrates its most cherished spaces: a schoolroom in Newtown; a cinema in Aurora; a church in Charleston. This time, with the dawn, a baseball park in Republicans. He said, OK thanks, turned around. Minutes later, as the dedicated amateurs were nearing the end of batting practice, there was a loud bang. They stopped and stared,…

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Virginia primary: Ed Gillespie ekes out win to face Ralph Northam in governor’s race

Three-way Republican primary remains too close to call in governors race as the general election is expected to preview what the 2018 midterms will look like Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic nomination in the closely watched race for governor Tuesday, defeating a more liberal insurgent challenger in a contest to be one of the partys standard-bearers against President Donald Trump. Northam will face Ed Gillespie in the general election. The former Republican National Committee chairman eked out an uncomfortably close victory against an outspoken Trump supporter who…

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