In glowing rhetoric, President Trump hails ‘righteous cause of American self-government’ in tribute to democracy

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday marked the 400th anniversary of American democracy and its gift “of the country we love,” but his celebration of what began as an experiment in self-government was boycotted by black Virginia lawmakers incensed by Trump’s continued disparagement of a veteran black congressman and the majority-black district […]

Virginia primary has lots of surprise, no clear message

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s closely watched off-year primary contest produced plenty of surprises Tuesday, but little in the way of a coherent message. The top Democrat in the state Senate narrowly won his primary despite heavily outspending a progressive challenger, and another incumbent lost her seat to a former Virginia lawmaker who used to […]

Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. And quiet those critics, too. Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a scintillating victory that came 388 days […]

Guy hits FTs on disputed foul, Virginia shocks Auburn 63-62

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play in the national championship game for the first time after pulling off another last-second stunner on a disputed foul with 0.6 seconds left.Kyle Guy made three free throws as debate immediately started over the call and Virginia celebrated its second straight can-you-believe-it […]

Texas Tech, Virginia ride tough defenses into Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At Texas Tech, it’s as much about pairing an aggressive edge with the X’s and O’s and scouting work that has led to defensive efficiency not seen in years. Virginia’s climb to its Final Four breakthrough began with a sound defensive scheme, a steadfast foundation allowing the Cavaliers to grind down even […]

Virginia politician’s accuser on Stanford sex assault panel

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A college professor who has accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault told a Stanford University audience Tuesday night that she is “deeply disturbed” with attempts to discredit victims’ credibility and encouraged victims to share their stories with each other. “When we hear someone else’s story, there’s a beauty in it […]

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president. But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about […]

2nd woman accuses Virginia official of sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second woman accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault Friday, saying the Democrat raped her 19 years ago while they were both students at Duke University. Calls for his resignation grew steadily as the day wore on. A lawyer for Meredith Watson, 39, said in a statement that Fairfax […]

Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia’s top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. Gov. Ralph Northam’s career was already hanging by a thread over a racist photo in his 1984 medical […]

Virginia democrat governor Northam apologizes for racist imagery in yearbook

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a democrat, acknowledged Friday that he appears in a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page that shows a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. The revelation of the photograph prompted state Republicans and two Democratic presidential candidates to call for […]