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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, second from left, arrives at federal court with his attorneys Danial Small, left, Henry Asbill second from right, and John Brownlee, right,  Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Richmond, Va.,  The defense in his corruption case is expected to rest today. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lawyers in McDonnell case haggle over bribery definitions

- The Washington Times

Jurors in the federal corruption case against Bob McDonnell are being asked to consider whether the former Virginia governor took gifts and loans in exchange for performing “official acts,” but late Thursday lawyers were still haggling over how that term should be defined.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, answers reporters' questions as he leaves the Federal Courthouse in Richmond with his daughter Rachel McDonnell, left, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. On the right is one of McDonnell's lawyers, Daniel Small. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, have been on trial under federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)

Prosecution rests in McDonnell case

- The Washington Times

After calling its final rebuttal witness Thursday morning, the prosecution rested its case in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive at the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, for his and his wife Maureen's bond hearing and arraignment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 on federal corruption charges. Federal prosecutors allege that the McDonnells accepted more than $165,000 worth of loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams, the former head of Star Scientific Inc.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)  MAGS OUT

Tales of marital dysfunction key to McDonnell defense strategy

- The Washington Times

The daughter of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that her mother’s depression went back as far as 20 years as her father grew increasingly absorbed in his political career — the latest in a series of uncomfortable disclosures that have laid bare the McDonnells’ most intimate marital troubles as a defense against the federal corruption charges they face.

An artist's rendering envisions a transformed New York Ave. in Northeast. (WARD 5 INDUSTRIAL LAND TRANSFORMATION STUDY)

D.C. officials unveil plans to transform Ward 5

- The Washington Times

D.C. officials unveiled a plan Wednesday that they hope will lay the groundwork to transform the District’s Ward 5 and change its reputation as a dumping ground for businesses other neighborhoods don’t want.

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Supreme Court may take up D.C. drug case

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court will meet next month to decide whether to hear the appeal of a D.C. man serving 18 years in prison on a $600 drug deal — a case championed by civil liberties groups, who say it provides a case study in judicial overreach.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, his daughter, Cailin Young, left, and her husband, Chris Young, rear, arrive at the federal courthouse Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Richmond, Va., for McDonnell's corruption trial. The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

McDonnell: 'I know that in my heart' I'm innocent

- The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said there was nothing inappropriate about loans businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. gave to a real estate company run by Mr. McDonnell and his sister in 2012 and that he did not disclose the loans because they were corporate liabilities and not personal ones.

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, walks with his daughter Cailin Young as he leaves the federal courthouse Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Richmond, Va. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

McDonnell testifies he didn't know about donor's gifts

- The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that his marriage devolved to the point he was at a loss as to how to handle the "fiery anger and hate" from the first lady and that he was in the dark until after the fact on many of the dealings between her and a wealthy businessman.

Emergency personnel walk along the tracks at the scene where two Metro red line trains collided.  (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

Metro pays $4.2 million to settle lawsuit

Associated Press

The Washington area's Metro transit authority has paid $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of awarding a no-bid technology contract.

Plaintiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, from left: Mary Townley, Emily Schall-Townley, Carol Schall, Tony London and Tim Bostic.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Supreme Court halts legalization of gay marriage in Virginia

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government's guarantee of equal protection.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill (left). After more than three weeks of his trial, Mr. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday against charges that he and his wife, Maureen, traded more than $165,000 in gifts and loans for undue access. (Associated Press)

McDonnell testifies Williams received no special favors

- The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday his administration did little to help a wealthy businessman who plied his family with gifts and loans other than offer the routine access afforded to any state resident — the cornerstone of his defense against federal corruption charges.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney Henry Asbill in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's sister details communication woes

- Associated Press

Communication between former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife deteriorated so badly that he didn't bother to tell the onetime first lady that his sister and her husband were separated, according to defense testimony Tuesday.

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IRS reviewing records from D.C. housing complex

Associated Press

Criminal investigators from the IRS are reviewing records related to an affordable apartment complex in the District that's become a flashpoint in the race for mayor.

** FILE ** In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

- Associated Press

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."