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Former Assistant Principal Indicted in School Shooting

She allegedly showed 'reckless disregard for human life' after boy, 6, brought gun to school

(Newser) - A former assistant principal at a Virginia elementary school has been indicted on eight felony counts of child neglect in the case of a 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded his first-grade teacher in Newport News, Virginia, last year. A special grand jury found that Ebony Parker showed a reckless...

Wildlife Center Gets Creative in Caring for Newborn Fox

Staffers in Richmond, Virginia, dress up in fox costume to keep baby from habituating to humans

(Newser) - Animals often forge a strong bond with the first creature to care for them (typically their mother), a phenomenon called imprinting. So when an abandoned baby fox showed up at Virginia's Richmond Wildlife Center shortly after it was born, staffers wanted to make sure it made the right imprint—...

They Found the Gas Leak. Then, 'Total Devastation'

One firefighter is dead, 12 other people hurt after blast at home in Sterling, Virginia

(Newser) - At least one firefighter is dead and 12 other people are injured after a gas leak check at a Virginia residence ended in an explosion. According to a Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System release, fire crews reported to a home in Sterling around 7:30pm local time on...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Man 'On the Lam' Arrested 30 Years After Wife's Brutal Murder

Virginia's Jose Lazaro Cruz has been extradited back to States after trying to cross into Costa Rica

(Newser) - A Virginia man on the run for more than three decades has been extradited back to the States, wanted in the long-ago killing of his then-estranged young wife. In a Monday presser, officials with the Fairfax County PD announced that Jose Lazaro Cruz is in their custody, nearly two years...

Retiring Soon? Consider These States

Florida comes in first in WalletHub's rankings; Kentucky is last

(Newser) - Whether you're nearing retirement age or simply planning way ahead, where you ultimately stick out your golden years can make a big difference in how you live those years, and how much it affects your pocketbook. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using nearly four dozen metrics in three...

Virginia County Finds 4K Misreported Votes From 2020

Joe Biden was shorted during the last election, per officials in Prince William County

(Newser) - Former President Trump complains often about the results of the last presidential election, with no evidence to back up his claims, but in one part of Virginia, it's current President Biden who could have a valid beef. Per the Hill , officials in Prince William County have revealed that about...

Suspect Named in 3 Cold Case Murders in Virginia

Authorities investigate links the deceased Alan Wade Wilmer Sr. may have to other killings

(Newser) - If he were alive today, Alan Wade Wilmer Sr. would be charged in three cold case murders. But the fisherman and hunter—positively linked to two of the "Colonial Parkway Murders," a series of double killings in the late 1980s, as well as the murder of a woman—...

Woman Whose Son Shot Teacher Gets More Prison

Deja Taylor sentenced to another two years on child neglect charge

(Newser) - The mother of a 6-year-old who shot his teacher in Virginia was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for felony child neglect, nearly a year after her son used her gun to critically wound the educator. Friday's sentencing was the second time Deja Taylor was held to account...

Washington Capitals, Wizards Are Planning a Move

Owner plans to move NHL, NBA teams to Virginia in 2028 under nonbinding agreement

(Newser) - The owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards plans to move both teams from the District of Columbia to northern Virginia, about 8 miles south, in as little as five years. Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis and Virginia's Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a nonbinding agreement Wednesday...

Candidate Outed Over Sex Videos: I Won't Be the Last
Candidate Outed Over Sex
Videos Issues a Warning

Candidate Outed Over Sex Videos Issues a Warning

Virginia Susanna Gibson says this is going to be an ongoing issue for younger candidates

(Newser) - Nurse practitioner Susanna Gibson was running an otherwise ordinary campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates earlier this year when the Washington Post came out with a story that upended both her campaign and personal life . The story revealed the 40-year-old Gibson had been livestreaming sex videos on a pornographic...

As Cops Converged on House With a Warrant, It Exploded

'I actually thought a plane exploded,' says witness in Arlington, Virginia

(Newser) - Hours before a massive explosion destroyed a duplex and shook a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC, a suspect inside his home fired a flare gun 30 to 40 times into the neighborhood, drawing a large police response, officials said Tuesday. All officers escaped serious injury, but it was unclear what...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Mother of 6-Year-Old Who Shot Teacher Gets Prison

Boy said he took gun from her purse

(Newser) - The mother of a 6-year-old boy who shot his teacher in Virginia was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison for using marijuana while owning a firearm, which is prohibited by federal law. Deja Taylor's son took her handgun to school and shot Abby Zwerner in her first-grade classroom...

The Race to Replace Youngkin Gets Going

Democrat Spanberger won't run for House reelection, will try to win Virginia governor race in 2025

(Newser) - Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger won a close reelection race in Virginia last year that was widely seen as a bellwether contest with national implications. The 44-year-old, however, won't try to win a fourth term next year—on Monday, the former CIA officer announced in a video that she will...

FBI Chief: Selection of HQ Site Is a Little Fishy

Christopher Wray suggests person who made the final call had a conflict of interest

(Newser) - The FBI is finally getting a new HQ, though a contentious debate is raging over the site selection announced this week . FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that he was concerned about a "potential conflict of interest" in the General Services Administration's selection of Greenbelt, Maryland, a Washington...

With Big Wins, Democrats Get a 'Blueprint' for 2024
Big Wins Give Democrats
a 'Blueprint' for 2024
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Big Wins Give Democrats a 'Blueprint' for 2024

Voters back abortion access, appear wary of Trump-backed candidates

(Newser) - Nearly a year and a half after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion remains a key issue in elections across the country—to the benefit of Democrats, who've made protecting abortion rights a priority. A major takeaway from Tuesday's elections is that "voters are casting...

Virginia Results a 'Blow' to GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Democrats will keep control of the state Senate, and also flip state House

(Newser) - In what's being painted as a major "blow" to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, Democrats on Tuesday managed to not only retain control of the state Senate but also flip the House of Delegates. The GOP had hoped to do the opposite—flip the state Senate and...

US Park Police Officer Charged With Shooting

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in accidental shooting of colleague, investigators say

(Newser) - A gathering of four people, including three US Park Police officers, ended with one of the off-duty officers dead and another in custody early Sunday. The Fairfax County Police Department says officers were called to an apartment in McLean, Virginia, around 12:20am by a person who said somebody had...

Abortion a Big Issue in Tuesday's Voting

Restrictions, protections are front and center in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia

(Newser) - The most-watched races in Tuesday's off-year general election have been dominated by the ongoing debate over abortion rights. From a reelection bid for governor in Kentucky and a statewide ballot measure in Ohio, to state legislative elections in Virginia, access to abortion has been a frequent topic in campaign...

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