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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal judge is mulling arguments from white nationalists and others that a civil rights lawsuit against them over last summer's violence in Charlottesville should be dismissed.

A hearing on motions from a number of defendants was held Thursday in federal court in Charlottesville. The judge didn't immediately rule.

The lawsuit was filed in October by Virginians who said they were injured as a result of the August events. It alleges the defendants conspired to commit violence under the pretext of a rally.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

National Democrats are backing former Navy commander Elaine Luria in her quest to claim the 2nd Congressional District, home to the world's largest Navy base. Should she win the June primary, Luria's biggest foe is expected to be 38-year-old incumbent Scott Taylor in November.

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The Center for Biological Diversity has found that the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex ranked fifth for the most chemicals used for agriculture.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that is according to analysis based on federal records.

The Chesapeake Marshlands consist of four refuges in Maryland and Virginia.

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in southern Dorchester County and the Eastern Neck Refuge in Kent County holds the largest share of the 16-thousand pounds of pesticides used in the Chesapeake Marshlands in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are ending the $7.50 E-ZPass transponder fee for new customers, offering a little relief to drivers facing soaring prices at the gas pump.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. He says it will save Maryland residents about $46 million over the next five years.

Customers who use an E-ZPass save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, with E-ZPass customers paying $2.50, compared to $4 for a driver using cash.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia.

A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, which is named after the swan constellation. The space station's U.S. crew used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 250 miles up.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Democratic Gov. John Carney's request to reconsider her ruling invalidating a state mandate for political balance on Delaware's courts.

The judge on Wednesday did revise her December ruling to clarify her decision regarding whether a lawyer had standing to challenge certain provisions in Delaware's constitution regarding the political makeup of state courts. She said the clarification should simplify the record when a federal appeals court considers the case.

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If you’re planning on riding the Cape May-Lewes Ferry next month expect to pay an extra dollar per vehicle trip.

The surcharge will run through the end of June and is to pay for the rising fuel costs.

WBOC reports that the Delaware River and Bay Authority emphasizes that the extra buck is only per vehicle not for each passenger.

Officials say that those who have already placed their reservations will not be charge the extra dollar.

The television station reports that the last time there was a surcharge was in March of 2014.

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The tourist season has arrived and Ocean City is putting up some new boardwalk barriers for security reasons.

WBOC reports that there will be up to 10 different gated entrances onto the boardwalk.

Those steel gates will are for first responders and maintenance crews.

The estimated cost is $1.2 million.

Resort officials say these will be permanent barriers but do not expect them to affect the look of the resort.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal judge is set to hear arguments from white nationalists and others that a lawsuit against them over last summer's violence in Charlottesville should be dismissed.

A hearing on motions from a number of defendants to dismiss the lawsuit brought by 10 Virginia residents is scheduled for Thursday morning in federal court in Charlottesville.

The lawsuit was filed in October by plaintiffs who said they were injured as a result of white nationalist events last August.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested a third suspect in a Maryland armored car robbery in which thieves made off with more than $1.3 million.

Court documents show that 42-year-old Michael D. Watts of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested last week at his girlfriend's house in Queens.

An FBI agent said in a sworn statement that Watts admitted to participating in the January robbery outside a State Employees Credit Union branch in Salisbury.

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