Ovechkin, Capitals must go through Penguins for shot at Cup

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin's way again. Of course. Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals' best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a summer of change, it's only fitting that perhaps their best chance to win it all means going through defending champion Pittsburgh in the second round.

DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids

MANASSAS, Virginia (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday highlighted the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents are moving from one assignment to the next. DeVos visited Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to mark the Month of the Military Child. During a tour of the school she read a book to children about a mother who serves in the military.

Is attacking Trump the ticket? Democrats are trying it out

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- In New Jersey, a candidate running for governor compared the Trump camp to Nazis. In Virginia, a doctor running for governor fired up a gathering of Democrats by calling Trump a "narcissistic maniac," while his primary opponent called Trump's victory a "political and constitutional Sept. 11.

Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career.

Coast Guard hoists ailing men off 2 cruise ships

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina-based Coast Guard members have used helicopter missions to pick up two ailing passengers from separate cruise ships. A news release says the first medevac happened after the Coast Guard received a report of a 60-year-old man experiencing kidney failure on the Norwegian Breakaway Saturday afternoon. The helicopter arrived at the ship about 120 miles off Wilmington, hoisted the man up and took him to a Wilmington hospital.

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm.

Virginia governor: Man is guilty, but shouldn't be executed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- For weeks, supporters of a man sentenced to death in a 2006 murder-for-hire case urged Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life because they believe he may be innocent. In the end, they got their wish, but not because the governor doubts he's guilty. McAuliffe said Thursday that he believes Ivan Teleguz hired another man to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2001.

Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox is getting a shot at the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. His agent said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox has agreed to terms with the Colts. "He's heading to Indianapolis" Friday, Joe Flanagan said. Flanagan did not discuss terms of the deal on Thursday, but Alie-Cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.

McMillian looking for bigger role in Hokies' offense

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech tailback Travon McMillian wants to turn back the clock. The junior ran for 1,043 yards as a redshirt freshman, but just 671 last season while adjusting to first-year coach Justin Fuente's new quarterback-focused offense. It was a difficult transition for McMillian after spending two years in Frank Beamer's tailback-oriented system, and he hopes that's about to change.

Bosnia to Pakistan to prison: Ex-fighter reflects on life

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Randall Royer grew up in the Midwest, a suburban St. Louis kid. By the time he was 21, he had converted to Islam and changed his name to Ismail Royer, fighting in Bosnia alongside fellow Muslims against Serbian ethnic cleansing. By the time he was 31, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping friends who wanted to join the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Attorneys general from 16 states, DC fight travel ban appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The top attorneys from 16 states and the District of Columbia say President Donald Trump's revised travel ban would hurt their higher education and medical institutions and have a chilling effect on tourism. The attorneys general urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a brief Wednesday to uphold a ruling that blocked the travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.

Man shot by law enforcement in West Virginia identified

FRANKLIN, W.Va. (AP) -- A Virginia sheriff has identified a man fatally shot by law enforcement after a chase that ended in West Virginia. Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson told news outlets that the man killed Tuesday afternoon was Casey Desper of McGaheysville, Virginia, who was wanted on a probation violation.

Virginia gov., who opposes death penalty, urged to spare man

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend's killing. Ivan Teleguz, 38, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 25 unless he's granted clemency by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A Catholic, McAuliffe has said he personally opposes capital punishment but will uphold the law as governor.

Virginia Tech marks 10 years after shooting that killed 32

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Ten years after a mentally ill student fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech, survivors and families of the slain returned Sunday to the campus to honor the lives that were lost that day. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, widely known as Virginia Tech, held a series of events to mark the anniversary of the deadly campus shooting on April 16, 2007. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen.

A survivor, now a dad: Virginia Tech tragedy, 10 years later

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Sterne has spent 10 years trying not to let himself be defined by the mass shooting that nearly killed him at Virginia Tech. But now that he's a new father, Sterne grapples with knowing that one day he must tell his son about the horror he worked so hard to put behind him.

US Navy sailor gets 30 years for making child porn

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A U.S. Navy sailor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for recording sex acts between him and minor girls. Virginia prosecutors said Thursday that a federal judge sentenced 26-year-old Jordan Lee Adams in civilian court in Norfolk. Adams pleaded guilty in January to one count of production of child pornography. Court documents said he had sex with at least four girls between 2009 and 2013.

Father convicted of murdering baby son for life insurance

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- A judge on Thursday convicted a Virginia father of murdering his 1-year-old son in an effort to collect on more than $500,000 in life insurance he had taken out on the boy. Judge Randy Bellows reached the decision in the murder trial of Joaquin Shadow Rams. The ruling means that Rams will be sentenced to life in prison.

Explosion at Army ammunition plant in Missouri kills 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An explosion Tuesday at a sprawling ammunition plant near Kansas City, Missouri, killed one worker and injured four others, the U.S. Army said. The blast at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, just east of Kansas City, occurred in a building where chemicals are mixed, Army officials. The building has been secured and rendered safe, they said, allowing investigators to begin looking into what caused the explosion.

With workload down for Ovechkin, Caps primed for playoffs

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Tired of rolling over the NHL in the regular season and falling short in the playoffs, the Washington Capitals went to great lengths to make sure their best players won't be tired this time around. Alex Ovechkin saw the lowest ice time of his career, Nicklas Backstrom the lowest since his rookie year and Braden Holtby played fewer minutes than he ever has as a starting goaltender in an 82-game season.

Dog Gone: 'General' opens doors, flees animal clinic

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) -- A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner. Travis Campbell tells news outlets that his family was boarding their 10-year-old Great Pyrenees named General at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford while they vacationed in Virginia Beach when the dog left the clinic early Monday.