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Army veteran David A. Runyon, convicted of being the hit man in a 2007 murder-for-hire slaying of a young Navy officer in Newport News. A jury in U.S. District Court in Norfolk sentenced Runyon to death in 2009. But in December 2020, a panel for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that the case be sent back to Norfolk for a hearing on whether one of Runyon’s trial attorneys was “ineffective” when he failed to fully explore Runyon’s brain damage at trial.

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Biden signs VA hospital camera bill into law
The bill is aimed at improving the quality of care provided at VA health care facilities, by ensuring the required video camera systems are in working order and requiring VA medical centers to report to Congress regarding these patient safety measures.
Army officer who wrote to McCain about detainee torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, dies at 42
In 2005, while a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division, Ian Fishback wrote to Sen. John McCain about his concerns over the treatment of detainees and whether the Geneva Convention applied to Iraq and Afghanistan. Later that year, the Senate passed legislation from McCain to prohibit inhumane treatment and Time magazine named Fishback to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
WWII veteran and wife’s love letters donated to Massachusetts historical society
Love letters, photos and greeting cards were sent between Mel and Jane Atherton while Mel was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mel and Jane's four children — Paula, Janet, Mel and Connie — donated six two-inch three-ring binders containing 350 letters, many photographs and cards, and a digital flash drive to the Scituate Historical Society on Nov. 20 — a day before what would have been Mel and Jane's 80th wedding anniversary.

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