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This weekend, the Fredericksburg Expo Center will be buzzing with excitement, innovation and creativity as more than 250 exhibitors from 19 states, from the East Coast to the West Coast, gather for the BrickFair LEGO Fan Expo. The much-anticipated event is expected to attract more than 6,000…

A federal appeals court has blocked President Joe Biden’s order that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation’s chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require that employees be vaccinated. The ruling from the full appeals court — 16 judges at the time — reversed an earlier ruling by a three-judge appellate panel that had upheld the vaccination requirement. Opponents of the policy said it was an encroachment on federal workers’ lives that neither the Constitution nor federal statutes authorize.

A northern Virginia police officer has been fired after fatally shooting a shoplifting suspect last month after a foot chase at a busy shopping mall. Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis announced the dismissal Thursday and released body camera footage showing the Feb. 22 shooting of Timothy McCree Johnson outside Tysons Corner Center. Davis said the two officers who chased Johnson used their weapons. The one who shot the fatal round was fired, and the other remains on restricted duty during the investigation. A lawyer for the fired officer says the shooting was justified because the officer saw Johnson reaching for his waistband. A lawyer for Johnson's family characterizes the shooting as an execution, saying that justice will be sought.

The U.S. Army is identifying a decorated 20-year soldier as one of the five people killed in a shooting at a South Carolina home. Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Evans, 38, was killed Tuesday night by a former soldier in the slaying that officials say left three sleeping children dead before the shooter killed himself. Officials say Evans worked with the children’s mother and happened to be at the home. The Virginia native joined the Army in July 2002 and served in Iraq and Kuwait. The U.S. Army says Evans was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and another recognition for valor under fire. State Sen. Thomas McElveen, a Democrat who represents Sumter, says Evans “was a hero.”


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