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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.

Teens allegedly tried to poison teacher with sanitizer

Newport News - Two teens in Virginia are currently under investigation after it was alleged they tried to poison their teacher. The students have been arrested and reportedly admitted to the crime.

Virginia considering issuing its own currency

Virginia has passed a bill in a two-to-one vote for the proposal of issuing its own currency. The bill allows for a group to study the possibility of creating a metal-based state currency.

Review: A step back in time at the Old Jail Museum, Warrenton, Va. Special

Warrenton - The Old Jail Museum in Fauquier County, Virginia is an interesting place to tour. While one would expect to be touring an old jail building, upon arrival, visitors will be delighted to find there is that and so much more.
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A section of the vast gardens located at Oatlands Plantation
A section of the vast gardens located at Oatlands Plantation
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A deer grazing in winter 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College  located in Manassas  Va.
A deer grazing in winter 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College, located in Manassas, Va.
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Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
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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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The Flying Circus performance was one of the 2012 Virginia Air Show s highlights
The Flying Circus performance was one of the 2012 Virginia Air Show's highlights
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Oatlands Gardens
Oatlands Gardens
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The Edelweiss Band
The Edelweiss Band
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Meeting Marco Rubio
Meeting Marco Rubio
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A corner of a play area for the kids
A corner of a play area for the kids
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A couple sits and enjoys the beautiful May weather at Oatlands
A couple sits and enjoys the beautiful May weather at Oatlands
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Live music took place in the pavilion  the band s name was  Shake It Up
Live music took place in the pavilion, the band's name was 'Shake It Up'
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On Christmas morning Fairfax County woke up to a white Christmas  in the form of a thick fog.
On Christmas morning Fairfax County woke up to a white Christmas, in the form of a thick fog.
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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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Virginia Beach ocean front courtesy Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.  All photography ...
Virginia Beach ocean front courtesy Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. "All photography is available free of charge for editorial usage, viewing and presentations. "
Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Richmond police, Richmond Virginia
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A wet snowy rain comes down on Route 286 (formerly named 7100  Fairfax County Parkway) during the da...
A wet snowy rain comes down on Route 286 (formerly named 7100, Fairfax County Parkway) during the day on Christmas Eve.
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Light snow covers these plants early morning on Dec. 26
Light snow covers these plants early morning on Dec. 26
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This is one of a few black racers spotted in the garden where it lays waiting for robins looking for...
This is one of a few black racers spotted in the garden where it lays waiting for robins looking for worms and the occasional baby rabbit searching for a meal of fresh cabbage leaves.
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Section of the kitchen at Ash Lawn-Highland  located in the basement level of the original structure...
Section of the kitchen at Ash Lawn-Highland, located in the basement level of the original structure. A hearth (not shown) is off to the left.
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