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Black Lung Rates Rise 900%: Report

Appalachian coal miners contracting disease with prevalence not seen since '70s

(Newser) - Just 15 years ago, scientists were confident that the advanced, incurable version of black lung disease had been all but wiped out. Now, coal miners in Appalachia are contracting the illness—also known as progressive massive fibrosis—at rates not seen since the 1970s, the Courier-Journal reports. A National Institute... More »

39 Years After Sisters Vanish, Property Searched

Police examining Va. land for clues about Sheila and Katherine Lyon

(Newser) - Sheila Lyon, 12, and her 10-year-old sister, Katherine, disappeared almost 40 years ago while walking to a shopping mall near their Maryland home. The case went cold until earlier this year, when a former carnival worker, Lloyd Lee Welch, was named a person of interest in their 1975 disappearance—and... More »

Bar Cuts Mom Off for Drinking Beer While Breastfeeding

Virginia woman says bar threw her out after she took 2 sips before nursing

(Newser) - Customers at Big Woody's bar in Chesapeake, Va., weren't terribly comfortable with two of the pub's patrons over Labor Day weekend: Chrystal McCullough and her infant daughter, whom she was breastfeeding while having a beer, Fox News reports. Staff closed her tab down and asked her to... More »

Kids Fight Over Marriage of Newlyweds, 95 and 96

Daughter challenging union based on inheritance concerns

(Newser) - Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, are thrilled to have found each other. "He touched my heart. I fell in love with him," Hill told WJLA in July. The Virginia pair met 10 years ago while buying lottery tickets—splitting a $2,500 winner—and married earlier... More »

Fifth-Grader Takes On School Board Over Chapstick

She'd like to use it, but school officials say it's a medication

(Newser) - A fifth-grader in Virginia is putting her social studies lessons to the test in a fight over ... Chapstick. As the News Virginian reports, 11-year-old Grace Karaffa came down with chapped lips on the playground and asked her teacher if she could have some of the lip balm to soothe them.... More »

Bob McDonnell May Lose Pension Under Law He Signed

Former Virginia governor is now a felon

(Newser) - New felon Bob McDonnell might have a much lighter wallet thanks to a bill that he signed into law in his former life as a governor. As CBS 6 explains, the 2011 Virginia law prohibits state employees from collecting their pensions if convicted of a felony. The misdeed must... More »

Virginia's Ex-Governor, Wife Guilty of Corruption

Bob and Maureen McDonnell face prison time

(Newser) - Virginia's Bob McDonnell once had high political aspirations for his post-gubernatorial life. Today, though, he became the first governor in the state's history to be convicted of a felony, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . McDonnell was convicted of 11 of 13 counts of corruption and his wife, Maureen, of... More »

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 »

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