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Military: F-15 Pilot Died in Virginia Crash

2-day search comes to sad end

(Newser) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said yesterday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state, and federal officials as well as volunteers. The Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot, whose identity... More »

F-15 Pilot Missing After Virginia Crash

Helicopters searching mountains through the night

(Newser) - A massive search effort is underway in the Virginia mountains for the pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed in the area yesterday morning . A deep crater has been found at the crash site in Augusta County, and it's not clear whether the pilot managed to eject in... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia Mountains

Pilot's fate still unknown

(Newser) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet crashed this morning in the mountains of central Virginia, reports NBC29 . There is no sign of the pilot, who may have ejected before his plane crashed near the rural community of Deerfield; a state police helicopter has begun a search. The F-15... More »

Army: Enraged Soldier Shot Herself at Va. Base

Fort Lee was locked down during incident

(Newser) - An enraged soldier barricaded herself in a building at Virginia's Fort Lee Army base yesterday, threw objects around the office, and then fatally shot herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, authorities say. The heavily trafficked base went on lockdown while the soldier... More »

Va.'s Fort Lee Issues All-Clear After Shooter Reported

Female soldier reportedly attempted suicide; condition unknown

(Newser) - Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia was on lockdown after an active shooter was reported at the base this morning, the AP reports, but officials have now issued an all-clear. "The law enforcement event is over," reads the latest Facebook post. The initial post said that "... More »

Virginia's Ex-Gov: My Wife Freaked About Being First Lady

He recalls her yelling at him day after inauguration as Obama called

(Newser) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the witness stand himself yesterday to begin testimony that will likely be the biggest factor in determining whether he and his wife end up in federal prison on corruption charges, reports the Washington Post . On day one, McDonnell began making two key points: that... More »

Deputy Shoots Daughter After Mistaking Her for Intruder

Crashes car taking her to hospital

(Newser) - A veteran Virginia deputy shot his teenage daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car rushing her to the hospital himself, reports WHAG . The 16-year-old girl is in stable condition with a bullet wound to her torso. The bizarre chain of events unfolded about 3:30am Tuesday,... More »

Family of 5 Found Shot to Death in Virginia Home

2 adults, 3 children found by family member

(Newser) - Police say a family of five, including three children, has been found shot to death at a home in Virginia. The other victims were two adults, both 35 years old; a family member discovered the bodies inside a house just outside Culpeper, a town of about 15,000 people 70... More »

Pregnant Mom of 4 Gets Stung, Dies

Sarah Harkins of Virginia was in her backyard when wasps were disturbed

(Newser) - A mother of four with a baby on the way has died after a freak event in Virginia. Sarah Harkins, 32, was in her backyard in Spotsylvania County earlier this week when she got stung multiple times by wasps after a nest got disturbed. Harkins—who was 21 weeks' pregnant... More »

'Woman in Black' Ends Mystery Journey in Va.

Social media sensation reportedly ID'd, but no one knows what her mission was

(Newser) - The enigmatic "Woman in Black" on a six-state journey that attracted fierce interest on Twitter and Facebook unceremoniously ended her odyssey yesterday in Winchester, Va., reports NBC Washington . For weeks, the woman, wearing a black robe and veil, has been spotted trudging along highways and through small towns in... More »

McDonnells' Sad Defense: We Hated Each Other

Virginia's former first couple fight corruption charges by saying they barely spoke

(Newser) - Bob and Maureen McDonnell's corruption trial got under way this week, and it's yielding no dearth of grist for the mill. While it appeared financial problems drove Virginia's former first couple to accept $165,000 in loans and gifts from a donor, the McDonnells' lawyer put up... More »

Court Dumps Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

US circuit court says state ban is unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled today that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the US Constitution.... More »

'Kissing Bug' Disease Prompts Growing Concern in US

300K likely have Chagas disease, little-known in the US

(Newser) - Some 8 million people have Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness passed to humans by "kissing bugs," or triatomines, living in Latin America. In the US, few people know about the disease—but the CDC figures that some 300,000 people may be infected here. In countries like Bolivia,... More »

2 Dead, 20 Hurt in Va. Tornado

Twister touched down in Cape Charles

(Newser) - Two people have been confirmed dead after a tornado struck a campground in Cape Charles, Va., WTKR reports. At least 20 more were injured in what the Virginian-Pilot describes as "a fast moving storm that blew across the Eastern Shore this morning, toppling trees, injuring campers and blowing over... More »

112-Year-Old Ham Still Edible: Museum

But it might not taste so good

(Newser) - Sure, according to the BBC , "it looks like a piece of old leather"—but if you ask at Smithfield, Virginia's Isle of Wight County Museum , you'll learn that a century-old ham is still, apparently, edible. It just celebrated its 112th birthday, and it's the oldest... More »

Cops Back Off Plan to Photograph Boy's Erection

They won't serve warrant in Virginia sexting case

(Newser) - Sanity appears to have prevailed in Manassas, Virginia, where authorities had planned to chemically induce an erection in a 17-year-old boy accused of making child pornography by sending explicit photos of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend. Police had obtained a search warrant allowing them to take photographs of the teen'... More »

For Sexting Case, Cops to Take Photos of Aroused Teen

Virginia family is fighting court order against 17-year-old male

(Newser) - "This is crazy," says the defense lawyer. See if you agree: A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors in Prince William County told a judge... More »

'Deep Throat' Garage to Meet Its End

Will be razed, with residential, commercial properties set to replace it

(Newser) - The Virginia garage that played a key role in the Watergate investigation—where journalist Bob Woodward met with "Deep Throat"—is due to be demolished, Reuters reports. The Arlington County Board made a unanimous decision Saturday to allow a pair of 1960s office buildings, which include the parking... More »

Determined Fans Force Foo Fighters Concert Into Existence

Band agrees to play crowdsourced show

(Newser) - The Foo Fighters say they'll be playing an upcoming show in Richmond, Virginia—but this isn't your average concert. This show was completely organized and funded by fans. It all began a couple months ago when Richmond Foo Fighters fans began brainstorming ways to bring the band to... More »

Meet the Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor

Economics professor David Brat pulls off huge upset

(Newser) - Who is David Brat, the Tea Party candidate who set off a "political earthquake " by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary? Here's some of what's known about the political novice, as per Politico , the Huffington Post , and the Washington Post :
  • The 49-year-old
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