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Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

Wallops Island - NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Fall is the time for foliage tours and raptor counts in Virginia

When autumn comes to Virginia, the mountains and valleys don their coat of many colors, giving the countryside a patchwork quilt appearance. This is also the time of year for the annual raptor watch when birds-of-prey are counted as they migrate south .

Virginia patient does not have Ebola

Richmond - A woman being evaluated at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Va. has tested negative for the disease say state health officials on Tuesday.

Virginia governor and wife 'Guilty' on multiple charges

Richmond - Virginia's 71st governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were convicted today by a federal jury on multiple public corruption charges in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations.

Supreme Court puts hold on Virginia same-sex marriages

Without an explanation or a release of the vote totals, the U.S. Supreme Court today has stayed a ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to marry beginning on Thursday morning.

Court flips U.S. state's ban on same-sex marriage

Washington - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.

Commercial rocket launches space station supply capsule

Accomac - Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket took off Sunday from a NASA facility on the Virginia coast, carrying more than 3,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

A Gwar-themed restaurant may be coming to Richmond, VA

The legendary metal band, Gwar, is in the process of raising money because they aim to open a Gwar-themed restaurant in Virginia.

VMI cadets retrace steps of those killed at Battle of New Market

One hundred and fifty years ago today, on May 11, 1864, a contingent of cadets from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, left their barracks and started walking north. It rained all the five days it took them to reach New Market, 80 miles away.

Two die and one missing in hot air balloon accident in Virginia

At least two people are dead after a hot-air balloon hit a power line and burst into flames at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival Friday evening in Doswell, Virginia. Horrified onlookers stood watching helplessly as the balloon came down in flames.

Op-Ed: Congressman has the gall to request a pay increase

Washington - In one of the most laughably sad statements made by a politician so far this year, Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) said that he and his cohorts on Capitol Hill deserve a pay increase.

Couple in Virginia wins the lottery 3 times in 1 month

Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Virginia are now millionaires after they played, and won, the lottery three times in just one month.

Plan for ballpark near historic Virginia slave market site advances

A controversial plan to build a minor league baseball stadium near the historic site of a slave marketplace and burial ground in Virginia's capital cleared another hurdle on Monday night as ...

Virginia bill to force use of electrocution returned to committee

In the U.S., lethal injection is the primary method of execution, although some states give the condemned a choice of a firing squad, hanging, the gas chamber or electrocution. But the drugs used in lethal injections have become difficult to obtain.

Libertarian Xavian Draper challenges Republican Rep. Wittman (VA)

Following Sarvis's record breaking number of votes for a third party gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, fellow Libertarian Xavian Draper hopes for an even better result as he challenges Republican Wittman for the 1st congressional district of Virginia.

Op-Ed: Is the call for an Article V Convention wise?

For over two hundred years, the American people have relied on a document written by our founding fathers that established a strong, but limited government, specifically designed to protect an individual's rights and freedoms.

Virginia Beach hotels add to amenities of top tourist destination

Virginia Beach - To millions of families in America and around the world, a trip to Virginia Beach is the next best thing to being in paradise.

Virginia aims to cull wild pigs

Richmond - The state of Virginia has assembled a task force to slow the growth of wild pig populations. The state regards the pigs as an "ecologically destructive and invasive species."

Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli, draws on Libertarian themes

Richmond - Headlining at the closing rally of Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial bid in Virginia on Monday night, former long-term congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul (R-TX) talked up nullification and Libertarian themes.

Op-Ed: Why Virginia libertarians should abstain in this year's election

Richmond - Next week, Virginia voters will head to the ballot box to vote in this year’s gubernatorial election. It features Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. However, libertarians should just abstain Nov. 5.

All-beef burgers taken off Fairfax County schools' menus

Fairfax - All-beef burgers are now off the menu for school cafeterias in Fairfax County, VA, following student complaints they were pink in the middle. The patties have been replaced by hamburgers with additives, containing up to 26 ingredients.

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.

15-million-year-old whale excavated on Virginia river shoreline

Stratford - A prehistoric whale skull was found in June along the Potomac River shoreline. As excavators worked to recover the remains throughout the summer, the rest of the skeleton was also found.

'Frankenfish' caught in Virginia confirmed as new world record

A Virginia man has broken the world's record for catching the largest snakehead fish ever. His whopper of a catch weighed in at 17 pounds, six ounces. The Spotsylvania County resident caught the giant fish on June 1.

Researchers may have solved 17th century murder in Virginia

Jamestown - A group of researchers in Virginia believe they may have found the answer to an unsolved mystery. The murder occurred in the 1600s at Jamestown.

Cicadas arrive in Northern Virginia, but where are they hiding? Special

Manassas - Last month several media reports noted the Brood II cicada population is expected to explode along the U.S. East Coast. While some areas saw cicadas aplenty, other areas which anticipated a large showing have seen few.

Two FBI agents killed during counter-terrorist training exercise

Virginia Beach - Two FBI special agents who were members of the prestigious Hostage Rescue Team were killed during a maritime-based counter-terrorism training exercise gone awry aboard a military freighter off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Stone House lives to tell the tale of two U.S. Civil War battles Special

Manassas - The Stone House in Manassas, Virginia stands on the fields where two major Civil War battles took place. Today the property is open to the public.

Whale fossils millions of years old unearthed at U.S. Navy base

Yorktown - Whale fossils estimated to be millions of years old have been unearthed at a U.S. Navy base. A passerby at the Virginia military installment found the remains while walking along the York River.

Newborn's body found floating in Virginia pond Special

Sterling - Shortly before noon on Sunday, the lifeless body of a newborn girl was found floating in a pond in Sterling, Virginia. Authorities are searching for the mother and clues concerning the infant's death.
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U.S. 29th Infantry Division reenactors show a mortar demonstration; this soldier is spotting for the...
U.S. 29th Infantry Division reenactors show a mortar demonstration; this soldier is spotting for the mortar crew; the mortar was a crew-served weapon.
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Interior of greenhouse located on Oatlands property
Interior of greenhouse located on Oatlands property
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The Alpine Dancers performing one of their sets
The Alpine Dancers performing one of their sets
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Common Folk Farm was one of the many vendors present for the weekend event. Here one could buy a var...
Common Folk Farm was one of the many vendors present for the weekend event. Here one could buy a variety of herb mixtures, soup mix, jellies, teas and more.
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Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
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Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
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Bachelor s cottage on Oatland s property  circa 1820. This building is not open to the public.
Bachelor's cottage on Oatland's property, circa 1820. This building is not open to the public.
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James Rose  who performed  Punch & Judy  brought out his marionette to show the children after the s...
James Rose, who performed "Punch & Judy" brought out his marionette to show the children after the show. The children all sat in a large circle; here he waves to a couple of them.
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Space Shuttle Discovery located at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Cente...
Space Shuttle Discovery located at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison  completed in 2010.
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
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Visitors are introduced to Oatlands  history by tour guide prior to touring the house
Visitors are introduced to Oatlands' history by tour guide prior to touring the house
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Kids and adults might be fascinated by this sight in the caverns. What they are looking at is actual...
Kids and adults might be fascinated by this sight in the caverns. What they are looking at is actually a reflection. The water is extremely shallow, a few inches at most.
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The balloon tent was a popular one with the kids
The balloon tent was a popular one with the kids
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By Sunday night  the storm had reached the Washington Metro area. Here snow begins to fall at Dulles...
By Sunday night, the storm had reached the Washington Metro area. Here snow begins to fall at Dulles International Airport
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U.S. Army Paratroopers doing a reenactment of actions following their landing on D-Day.
U.S. Army Paratroopers doing a reenactment of actions following their landing on D-Day.
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Established in 1883 by James Solomon Russell as an Episcopal Mission School for the black community ...
Established in 1883 by James Solomon Russell as an Episcopal Mission School for the black community of Southside Virginia. Russell, a former slave, was trained at Hampton Institute and Bishop Payne Divinity School in Petersburg. The school closed in 2013 because of financial difficulties
Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD
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A variety of handmade soaps could be purchased at this tent. The pretty scents were noticeable sever...
A variety of handmade soaps could be purchased at this tent. The pretty scents were noticeable several 'storefronts' away.
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Portrait hanging in main house at Sully Historic Site
Portrait hanging in main house at Sully Historic Site
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Former Carriage House of Oatlands  plantation. Today it is a gift shop and teas are held in the cent...
Former Carriage House of Oatlands' plantation. Today it is a gift shop and teas are held in the center portion of the building.
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Images taken at special event at Sully Historic Site
Images taken at special event at Sully Historic Site
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