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NORFOLK, Va. – Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal records since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in Virginia.

The Navy has said a civilian truck driver who was a convicted felon shot and killed another sailor in a shootout in March.

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The Navy says 48 people using a Transportation Worker Identification Credential weren't allowed onto installations in Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island in the first three weeks the new rules were in effect following the shooting.

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Bernard Gavrin's dog tags were found in a cave in the South Pacific.Courtesy David Rogers/Sun-Sentinel

Old and battered dog tags found in a cave in the South Pacific may crack a 70-year-old mystery.

The dog tags are those of a 31-year-old Army infantryman from New York named Bernard Gavrin. He was reported missing in action during the battle of Saipan in World War II and never found.

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Old and battered dog tags found in a cave in the South Pacific may crack a 70-year-old mystery.

The dog tags are those of a 31-year-old Army infantryman from New York named Bernard Gavrin. He was reported missing in action during the battle of Saipan in World War II and never found.

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His 81-year-old nephew David Rogers, of West Delray, Fla., said the family never knew what happened.

"I am the only living relative to have known my Uncle Bernie," Rogers told the Sun-Sentinel in the paper's Saturday editions.

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LOS ANGELES – Earlier this week, rapper Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson – who belonged to the group Northstar and worked with members of the Wu-Tang Clan – made headlines after cutting off his penis and jumping from a building in an apparent suicide attempt. An attempt to reattach Johnson’s penis reportedly failed. But if anyone can relate to his trauma, it is John Wayne Bobbitt.

In 1993, Bobbitt became something of an international sensation after his frustrated wife Lorena grabbed a kitchen knife and sliced off his manhood.

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LOS ANGELES – Earlier this week, rapper Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson – who belonged to the group Northstar and worked with members of the Wu-Tang Clan – made headlines after cutting off his penis and jumping from a building in an apparent suicide attempt. An attempt to reattach Johnson’s penis reportedly failed. But if anyone can relate to his trauma, it is John Wayne Bobbitt.

In 1993, Bobbitt became something of an international sensation after his frustrated wife Lorena grabbed a kitchen knife and sliced off his manhood.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Another early Republican presidential prospect is heading to Liberty University.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote commencement address May 10 at the Virginia university founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. The Lynchburg school announced his appearance on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, another possible Republican presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, spoke at Liberty. The Texan is a tea party favorite.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Tech has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on the school's campus.

The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday the university has paid two fines totaling $32,500 for violations of the Clery Act, which requires universities to issue timely warnings of campus threats.

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Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) shot two at a dorm on the Blacksburg campus hours before his rampage at a classroom building.

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The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus.

The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the case on hold until May 2 while a new policy and settlement details are negotiated.

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LINTHICUM, Md. – Authorities say a Virginia man was recently arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that the man was stopped Sunday afternoon when an officer staffing the X-ray machine spotted the gun in the bag of a man ticketed to fly to Salt Lake City. TSA says the gun was loaded with seven rounds with one in the chamber.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Federal officials say they've arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut who expressed interest in using radio-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office says 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi was arrested Monday by the FBI on immigration-related charges.

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Fathi is charged criminally for allegedly staying in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University.

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