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Man Who Never Plays the Lottery Just Won, Thanks to His Wife

Daniel Schuman claims $1M prize in Virginia

(Newser) - They say you gotta be in it to win it, but an attorney in Arlington, Va., just took home a $1 million prize after putting in the bare minimum in the "be in it" column. A press release cited by ARLNow.com reports that Daniel Schuman never plays such... More »

Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver

(Newser) - It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended... More »

Virginia Makes Renewed Push to Overturn a 'Stupid' Sex Law

House of Delegates repeals law making unmarried sex illegal; now state Senate will review

(Newser) - Have consensual sex in Virginia with someone when either of you is unmarried, and you could be charged with a misdemeanor and have to fork over a $250 fine. That's because there's an old-time law still on the books prohibiting "fornication"—a law not often enforced,... More »

Fierce Winter Weather Kills 4 in Southeast

State of emergency declared in Virginia

(Newser) - Nearly 150,000 homes and businesses in the southeastern United States were without power early Friday after a powerful winter storm raked the region, killing at least four people and injuring several more across the region. Florida bore the brunt of the power outages, with nearly 75,000, according to... More »

FBI Offers Reward After 'Scream Bandit' Strikes 6 Times

Suspect has robbed 6 Virginia gas stations

(Newser) - The "Scream Bandit" has struck six times since the start of last year—and the FBI wants to stop him before there are any more sequels. The suspect has robbed six gas stations in Richmond, Va., and the surrounding area while wearing a Scream mask, reports CBS19 . Three of... More »

West Virginians Urge Virginia Counties to Secede

'We saw their way of life under attack and we wanted to offer assistance'

(Newser) - In what they acknowledged is a long-shot bid, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged unhappy Virginia counties Tuesday to secede and join a neighboring state where Democrats aren't in charge. Both Justice, a Republican in a state where the GOP dominates the... More »

Archaeologists May Have Found Rare 'Witch Bottle'

Could be a talisman used by Union troops in Virginia to ward off evil spirits

(Newser) - On the one hand, it might just be an old bottle that was used to store nails. But archaeologists who found it suspect something far more intriguing: They think Union soldiers used it as a "witch bottle" during the Civil War to fend off evil spirits, per a news... More »

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond

Large protest underway in Virginia

(Newser) - Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday... More »

With Virginia Facing Huge Gun Rally, Trump Tweets

Organizers call for tens of thousands to carry guns into Richmond on Monday

(Newser) - Tensions are rising over a pro-gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday at the Virginia State Capitol, Reuters reports. The rally's organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, are urging 10,000 people to attend without guns in compliance with an emergency ban imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam last week; they're... More »

Virginia Capitol Erupts in Cheers as ERA Wins Approval

State is the 38th to ratify, but there are complications

(Newser) - Vivian Watts has a photo taken 44 years ago of her demonstrating with her daughter for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. She's wearing a sash in the photo, and on Wednesday, the Virginia legislator wore that sash to work. "Forty-four years is a long time to wait,... More »

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Retire In

Enjoy your golden years

(Newser) - When to retire is a big decision, but knowing where to live out your golden years can be just as important. WalletHub wants to help you tackle the latter, and so it set out on a mission to find the best states to retire in, looking at all 50 across... More »

Inspiration for Unite the Right Rally Charged With Kidnapping

Augustus Invictus also charged with domestic violence in SC

(Newser) - A white nationalist who inspired the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping. Augustus Invictus, 36, was arrested Monday at a mall in Florida, where Brevard County Sheriff's deputies had been surveilling him since Christmas Day, per CBS News . They'd initially... More »

63-Vehicle Pileup Leaves Dozens Injured

Things get ugly on Interstate 64 in Virginia

(Newser) - A pileup involving more than 60 cars on a major interstate in Virginia on Sunday morning injured dozens of people, some critically, according to state police. The accident happened just before 8am Sunday on Interstate 64 in York County and for a time shut down traffic in both directions, Virginia... More »

Girl Visiting Dad in Jail Had to Do 'Traumatizing' Thing First

Civil rights activists are outraged 8-year-old was strip-searched at Virginia correctional facility

(Newser) - An 8-year-old who visited her dad in a Virginia prison received an unpleasant surprise there that has civil rights activists outraged. The Virginian-Pilot reports on Nov. 24, the father's girlfriend, Diamond Peerman, took the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn. Once there, a drug-sniffing dog focused on Peerman,... More »

After Big Dem Wins, State's Gun Advocates Seek 'Sanctuary'

Virginia's Roanoke County just declared itself '2nd Amendment Sanctuary'; Roanoke the city declined

(Newser) - Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed City Council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the US Constitution already guarantees,... More »

Fugitive Marine Deserter Found at Mom's Home

Michael Alexander Brown accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend

(Newser) - The Marine deserter recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list for allegedly murdering his mother's boyfriend was captured Wednesday morning. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was taken into custody at his mother's Roanoke, Virginia-area home—the same place the murder is alleged to have taken place, CNN... More »

Double Murderer Demands Pardon, Instead Gets Parole

Jens Soering, accessory Elizabeth Haysom will also be deported

(Newser) - Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, lovers convicted of the brutal 1985 murder of Haysom's parents, have been awarded parole in Virginia—but they won't be staying in the US for long. Following Monday's surprise ruling, Soering, the son of a German diplomat, and Haysom, a Canadian, will... More »

City on Lockdown as Cops Hunt for Murder Suspect

Marine deserter Michael Alexander Brown believed to be armed in Roanoke, Va.

(Newser) - Schools are closed across Roanoke, Va., Thursday as police search for a Marine deserter accused of killing his mother's boyfriend. Michael Alexander Brown, a 22-year-old combat engineer who reportedly deserted his post at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune last month, is accused in the fatal Saturday shooting of 54-year-old... More »

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