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Date published: 11/30/2012

Black Friday alcohol sales surge at Va. ABC stores


--Black Friday discounts offered by Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control stores were a hit with customers.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control show liquor and wine sales on the day after Thanksgiving were up 86 percent from the same day a year ago. Sales totaled $5.9 million.

ABC spokeswoman Rebecca Gettings tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the discounts allowed customers to buy premium brands for gifts and holiday entertaining.

A Virginia Beach store had the highest sales, $63,287.

Bomb defused at Lynchburg school


--Police have defused a bomb that a student brought to a private school for special-needs children in Lynchburg.

Lynchburg Police Capt. Ryan Zuidema told The News and Advance that the Rivermont School and neighboring homes and businesses were evacuated Thursday while state police took the chemical bomb to a secure location away from the school and defused it. About 56 students were at the school. Nobody was injured.

Police said the 14-year-old student brought the foot-tall bomb to school in his backpack. Staff became aware of the threat and took the bomb outside.

The student was taken into custody.