Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Va. governor shifts attention to wife at trial

Richmond, Va.

Ex-Governor turns focus to wife at trial

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling. McDonnell also testified that the CEO of a dietary supplements maker who gave him thousands of dollars in gifts and loans did not get any special treatment. The former governor and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in cash, goods and trips from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting the company's products.

Washington

Obama looking at immigration

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. The move could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the United States illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. After recent White House meetings, top officials compiled recommendations from business groups and other advocates, including a change in the way green cards are counted that would free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year.

Elsewhere

Los Angeles: A California Highway Patrol officer videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

Japan: At least 36 people were killed and seven left missing in Hiroshima on Wednesday after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides that buried victims alive as they slept in their homes, police said.

Washington: A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide to Congress by Oct. 1 a list of documents at the center of a long battle over failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious.

Times wires

Former Va. governor shifts attention to wife at trial 08/20/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Police: 8 found dead in truck, 20 dire in immigrant smuggling case

    Nation

    SAN ANTONIO — Authorities called to a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio overnight found eight people dead and 20 others in dire condition in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer, in what police are calling a horrific case of immigrant smuggling.

    San Antonio police officers investigate the scene Sunday, July 23, 2017, where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, in San Antonio. [Associated Press]
  2. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Blogs

     Winner of the week

    Peter Antonacci. Gov. Rick Scott tapped his go-to utility player to lead his Florida job recruiting agency, Enterprise Florida, having previously picked him for his general counsel, to lead the South Florida Water Management District and to serve as Palm Beach state …

  3. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 19: A peregrina spends the whole day under the weather, and part of the day under the table

    Travel

    Day 19: El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente: 25.4 km, 7.5 hours (Total for Days 1-19 = 454 km (282 miles)

    This list pretty much sums up my day:

    Eat two bananas

    Walk 13.1 kilometers

    Nap

    Walk 6.2 kilometers

    Nap

    Eat half an apple

    Walk 6.1 kilometers

    Crash< …

  4. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  5. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.