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Ex: Man Who Killed Trooper Hated Police

Trooper may have been trying to make small talk at Greyhound station

(Newser) - More information is emerging about the shooter and Virginia state trooper killed in Thursday's violence at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The AP reports 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, a former Marine, was participating in a counterterrorism exercise at the bus station with a dozen or so other troopers. Part... More »

Trooper, Gunman Dead in Bus Station Shooting

It took place at a Greyhound station in Richmond, Virginia

(Newser) - A gunman fatally shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were also shot but were expected to recover, reports AP . It's unclear what motivated the attack,... More »

Cops: Woman Bites Wendy's Worker Over Wrong Order

She apparently didn't want the spicy chicken

(Newser) - A Wendy's order that was either changed at the last minute or wrong ended up with a wounded manager and an arrested customer Monday night in Richmond, Va., WTVR reports. According to what the worker told cops, 25-year-old Lovely Robinson had placed an order at the drive-thru and was... More »

Boy Killed Fighting Off Sister's Rapist: Family

Family members say assailant hit him in head with a rock

(Newser) - A gut-wrenching case out of Richmond, Virginia, though the details remain murky: Family members say an 8-year-old boy was killed via a rock or brick to the head when he tried to fight off a teen who was sexually assaulting his 12-year-old sister. The siblings were playing near railroad tracks... More »

Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

Mayor's Plan: Turn 12 Years a Slave Site Into Stadium

Solomon Northup's family opposes the ballpark plan

(Newser) - Solomon Northup, the subject of 12 Years a Slave, was held in a slave jail in Shockoe Bottom, once one of the busiest slave-trading districts in the country ... and now the mayor of Richmond, Va., where the site is located, wants to turn it into a baseball stadium. Descendants of... More »

Gwar Frontman Found Dead at 50

No foul play suspected in Dave Brockie's death

(Newser) - Dave Brockie—or Oderus Urungus, as he was known onstage as frontman for heavy metal band Gwar—was found dead in his home last night. He was 50. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but foul play is not suspected, Style Weekly reports. Police were called to... More »

Giant Confederate Flag Going Up in Richmond

NAACP says it will make Richmond look like a 'backwater, trailer park, hick town'

(Newser) - Oh, this will end well. A group in Virginia has bought a plot of land by I-95 in Richmond, where it plans to install a 10-by-15-foot Confederate flag atop a 50-foot pole next week, Raw Story reports. "The flag will serve to welcome visitors and commuters to Richmond, and... More »

Threat Prompts Evacuation at Richmond Airport

'Credible' threat shuts down terminal for 3 1/2 hours

(Newser) - Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning around 6am following a phoned-in threat that was deemed credible, WAVY reports. Multiple federal, state, and local agencies and K-9 teams found nothing unusual in a search. At 8am, some 200 people stood about a quarter-mile from the terminal, the AP reports via... More »

Tamerlan Burial Location Leaks

Two sources tell 'Boston Globe' it's Doswell, Virginia

(Newser) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev's final resting place didn't stay secret for long. The suspected Boston Marathon bomber was laid to rest in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, which sits about 15 miles outside of Richmond, reports the Boston Globe , which got the scoop from the Virginia woman who helped... More »

Blasts, Fire Rock California Oil Refinery

Residents ordered to stay indoors in SF Bay Area

(Newser) - Explosions tore through a Chevron oil refinery as it erupted in flames yesterday, driving toll takers from the Richmond Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area residents indoors. At least two fires were triggered when a diesel leak exploded at the Richmond refinery, one of the largest in the nation, reports... More »

Occupy Richmond Defends Tea Party in Tax Row

They suspect the move was 'retaliation' for criticism of mayor

(Newser) - Who says Tea Partiers and Occupiers can’t get along? Occupy Richmond has issued a statement defending the Richmond Tea Party, which the city recently said was behind on its taxes. “Given the duplicitous and violent manner in which the city government chose to raid our peaceful occupation, it... More »

Supermom Snags Foul Ball

Tiffany Goodwin juggles kids, out-catches hubby

(Newser) - She pops out babies and catches pop-up fouls. Call her supermom. Tiffany Goodwin, 31, proved she can do just about anything after she snagged a foul ball during a Richmond Flying Squirrels minor league baseball game in Virginia—while cradling her baby son in her right arm and as one... More »

First American Victim of Japan Tsunami Confirmed

Taylor Anderson, 24, was last seen biking home from the school where she taught

(Newser) - From Japan, fresh heartbreak that truly hits home: The first known American victim of the earthquake has been confirmed. "It is with deep regret that we inform you that earlier this morning we received a call from the US Embassy in Japan that they had found our beloved Taylor's... More »

Girl Admits Making Up Gang Rape Story

Richmond, Calif., 15-year-old lied to explain late night

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl today admitted that she’d lied to police when she told them she’d been abducted and gang-raped, because she didn’t want to explain why she wasn’t at home Friday night. When a police officer found the girl by a Contra Costa College bus stop... More »

Rape Witness: 'I'm No Snitch'

Attackers were 'kicking her in the head'

(Newser) - An East Bay witness arrested, then released for lack of evidence, in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside her high school homecoming dance last month said he didn't report the attack because "snitching is something you don't do." Salvador Rodriquez, 21, said he watched as attackers... More »

SF Rape Victim: 'Let the Anger Cause Change'

'We realize people are angry about this,' says teen

(Newser) - A 15-year-old student who was gang-raped as bystanders did nothing delivered a message of peace to a rally at her high school last night. "Violence is always the wrong choice," the girl said in a message read by her pastor. "We realize people are angry about this.... More »

Girl Kicked Attacker, Triggering Gang Rape

Attacker 'went off' when teen tried to kick him in testicles

(Newser) - An attacker "went off" on a teen when she resisted sex outside her California high school, according to witnesses, triggering a savage gang rape that left her nearly dead and riveted a shocked America. The girl, described by teachers as a devout Christian too eager to please boys, rebuffed... More »

Rape Victim's Pals Rip Cops, Guards

Six now arrested in two-hour attack

(Newser) - Angry friends of a gang-rape victim yesterday blasted useless security guards and cops at their Bay Area high school who failed to prevent the two-hour attack amid a horde of curious onlookers. Some 15 young men were hanging outside the Richmond school the night of homecoming before the attack. Neither... More »

Five Youths Held in 'Barbaric' Calif. Gang Rape

Victim knew one 15-year-old assailant, was drinking with them

(Newser) - San Francisco-area cops have arrested three more young men in the savage gang rape, beating, and robbery of a 15-year-old girl outside her homecoming dance while dozens more watched. Five youths are being held, ranging from a 15-year-old boy who knew the victim to a 21-year-old. The girl was drinking... More »

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