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Leigh Goessl

Digital Journalist based in Northern Virginia, U.S., United States. Joined on Sep 10, 2011
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Allegations suggest Russia gave out spying devices at G20 summit

Allegations that Russia tried to snoop on other Group of 20 (G20) countries has emerged. The claim is gifts were given out that were designed to serve as spying devices.

Will hacking into car systems soon be an everyday concern?

Hackers have recently been demonstrating how they can take control of a car from a distance. All that's needed is some know-how and a laptop or even a smartphone.

Wife allegedly uses rare stamps to pay hit man to kill husband

New York - A Manhattan woman is accused of allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband. She reportedly didn't have money to pay for the deadly deed, but wanted to exchange rare stamps and jewelry worth $60,000.

NJ Gov. Christie calls Small Business Administration a 'disaster'

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is not happy with the response of the Small Business Administration in the Sandy aftermath and is making no secret about his feelings. In a speech this week, the N.J. governor called the agency a "disaster."

Puppy in recovery after being thrown off Northern Va. balcony

Manassas - Last week a puppy plunged to the ground from two stories up. It is believed the dog, a border collie mix, was thrown from a balcony. After receiving leg surgery, the puppy is now in recovery.

Woman loses everything after company forecloses on wrong house

Logan - A woman's house was recently wrongfully foreclosed on, and because of a mistake, she lost almost everything she owned. A repossession company deemed many of her personal property as "junk" and said the items were sent to a dump.

Mars to approach Earth and 'look like two moons' hoax resurfaces

A hoax that had previously circulated the Internet has resurfaced this August. The message claims Earth will have a close encounter with Mars and it will appear the Earth has two moons. It is a hoax and experts say no such event will occur.

Meeting called to discuss NPS culling deer proposal in Manassas

Manassas - A public meeting is being held at the Manassas National Battlefield Park to discuss the overpopulation of deer. One of the solutions being proposed is a controversial culling of the deer. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Photo Essay: A visit with 'Old Barney' at Long Beach Island, N.J. Special

Barnegat Light - In the mid-19th century, the Barnegat Lighthouse was built on Long Beach Island, in New Jersey. Over the decades the lighthouse has stood tall and today remains a very visible structure on this beautiful island.

Yahoo creates $1.99 'watchlist' for users to claim recycled IDs

Recently, Yahoo announced it was releasing an undisclosed number of inactive user names to be eligible for claim. Now the company has announced it has created a "watchlist" where people can pay to be notified when their favored name is available.

Telephone jury duty scam making the rounds…again

Jury duty scams have been making the rounds for years. Recently, this type of fraud has made a comeback in many states. Scammers typically call their victims by telephone.

Photo Essay: A walk through history at Harper's Ferry, W.V. Special

Harpers Ferry - A visit to Harper's Ferry is a step into the past. Over the centuries the town has been a booming industrial community and one destroyed by war, with much happening in between.

Texas student suspended over RFID badge allowed back in school

San Antonio - A Texas student who was suspended for refusing to wear a school ID containing a "spychip" has been allowed back in her former school. The school has also discontinued its policy of forcing students to carry badges embedded with RFID chips.

Giant panda, Mei Xiang, gives birth at Smithsonian National Zoo

Washington - Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo. This is the giant panda's third cub. She had given birth last September, but sadly, that panda only lived for a few days.

Photo Essay: Exploring the sea life on Long Beach Island, N.J. Special

Barnegat Light - New Jersey's Long Beach Island has a lot to see and do, and for those who are interested in wildlife, the region is a perfect spot to spend time exploring. The island houses numerous sea life in its ecosystem.

Yahoo! draws more U.S. traffic than Google in latest statistics

Yahoo! drew the most Internet traffic in the United States during July 2013, even beating out rival Google. According to the statistics presented by comScore, Yahoo! received the most unique visitors during July.

Photo Essay: Summer fun at New Jersey's Long Beach Island Special

New Jersey's Long Beach Island is a popular summer destination. As one of the areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the region is recovering. As Labor Day 2013 creeps up, many people are still out on the beaches and having fun in the sun.

New project gathers social media data to estimate suicide risk

Researchers in Boston are using technology to examine social media posts to estimate an individual's suicide risk. The project is currently being developed with help from active duty and veteran military members opting to participate.

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.

Photo Essay: Bees, butterflies & flying critters at Mount Vernon Special

Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon is a popular destination in Northern Virginia. In addition to touring the mansion itself, the property is interesting to explore and photograph. Not only are the views overlooking the Potomac River stunning, but there is much wildlife to see.
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