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Shooter's 'Death Note' Calls Out Walmart Workers

'I was harassed by idiots,' he wrote among references to demons and Satan

(Newser) - The employee who opened fire at a Virginia Walmart on Wednesday, killing six co-workers and himself , left behind a manifesto claiming "my intent was never to murder anyone" but "things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan." Andre Bing apologized to God for...

Walmart Says Mass Shooter Was Overnight Manager

Coworkers say Andre Bing seemed paranoid, had a 'nasty attitude'

(Newser) - The Walmart employee who killed six people in a mass shooting Tuesday night before taking his own life was a night manager with a "nasty attitude," workers say. Walmart has identified the employee as Andre Bing, a 31-year-old team leader at the Chesapeake, Virginia, store. Walmart says he...

Prosecutor: One UVa Victim Was Shot as He Slept

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. makes first court appearance via video link from jail

(Newser) - The University of Virginia student accused of killing three football players on a bus as a field trip wrapped up shot one victim as he slept, according to a witness. That was one of the details Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney James Hingeley shared during Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.'...

Football Player Among Victims in UVa Shooting
3 UVa Football Players
Killed; Suspect in Custody
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3 UVa Football Players Killed; Suspect in Custody

2 other players survived, and the suspected shooter is in custody

(Newser) - The suspected gunman in a shooting at the University of Virginia that claimed three lives Sunday night is in custody. All three victims were members of the school's football team, reports the Daily Progress , which identifies them as wide receiver Devin Chandler, linebacker D'Sean Perry, and wide receiver...

He Lost 30 Years of Memories. Wife Says Love Brought It Back
He Lost 30 Years of Memories.
His Wife Came Up With a Plan
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He Lost 30 Years of Memories. His Wife Came Up With a Plan

A motorcycle accident took Andrew Mackenzie's memories—for a time

(Newser) - The second-scariest moment of Kristy Mackenzie's life came when a driver ran a stop sign and collided with the motorcycle carrying her and her husband Andrew on June 19. They were thrown 60 feet from the bike and suffered horrific injuries: Andrew, 58, broke two vertebrae, a pelvic bone,...

This Is the Most Giving State in America

Congrats to Utah, according to WalletHub's ranking of the most, least charitable states

(Newser) - If you're in a position to be philanthropic, whether that means donating your money or your time, where you live can make a difference in terms of enthusiasm from fellow locals—which in turn might inspire even more of your own altruism. WalletHub looked at 19 metrics across all...

Youngkin Sends Nancy Pelosi 'Personal Note' of Apology

Governor told rally that GOP voters were sending her to be with husband after attack

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he has sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a personal note to apologize for remarks he made about the Oct. 28 attack on her husband. "There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in...

2 Bellwether House Races Go Opposite Ways
2 Bellwether House Races
Go Opposite Ways
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2 Bellwether House Races Go Opposite Ways

Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger wins, but Elaine Luria, on the Jan. 6 panel, loses

(Newser) - In two big House races seen as bellwethers for how the midterms may play out, the results are split. Both are out of Virginia. Democrats scored a significant win with the victory of Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who won a close race over Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega per the...

1K Virginia High School Students Sick in Outbreak

That's nearly half the student body

(Newser) - Nearly half of the students at a Virginia high school are out sick in what the school is calling an "illness outbreak." It's not clear what the ailment is, but in a letter sent to families, the principal of Stafford High School says the affected students and...

Afghan Couple Sues: US Marine Stole Our Baby

US court granted Joshua Mast custody of a foreign citizen, whose relatives allege fraud

(Newser) - US Marine Corps attorney Joshua Mast and his wife, Stephanie, say they "acted admirably" in adopting a young war orphan from Afghanistan. But an Afghan couple tells a very different story, saying Mast stole the child—a relative they gained custody of after her parents and siblings were killed...

Cops: Parkland Shooter's Brother Is Being Exploited

Zachary Cruz's caretaker Mike Donovan, accused with husband, blames 'corrupt cops'

(Newser) - Two men with whom the brother of Parkland, Fla., school shooter Nikolas Cruz has been living with in Virginia are now accused of exploiting him. Mike Donovan and Richard Moore, both 45, were arrested Wednesday on charges of exploiting a mentally incapacitated person and obtaining money by false pretenses, then...

Youngkin Policy for Transgender Students Upends Northam's

Teachers can't be made to call students by name, pronouns of choice: draft of revamped guidelines

(Newser) - A new draft for "model policies" within Virginia's public schools was released Friday, designed to replace those put in place in 2021 by former Gov. Ralph Northam for transgender and nonbinary students. Per WRIC , the new guidelines from the state's Department of Education under GOP Gov. Glenn...

Restaurant Apologizes for 'Appalling' 9/11 Tribute Menu

It included Remember-tini cocktail, Flight 93 crab dip

(Newser) - A country club in Virginia has apologized for what critics called a stunningly insensitive commemoration of the 9/11 attacks—a special September 11 menu that included dishes like the First Responder Flatbread, 9/11 Oysters, and the 2977 Chowder, an apparent reference to the number of people killed in the attacks....

Guy's Joke About Lottery Win Proves a Prescient One

Charles Smith of Newport News, Va., joked with wife he'd hit it big, then won nearly $230K

(Newser) - Charles Smith is probably joking about a lot more these days. That's because a wisecrack he made to his wife earlier this summer turned out to be prescient, and he's now nearly $230,000 richer, per WAVY . The man from Newport News, Va., was saying goodbye one day...

Firefighter Battled Blaze He Allegedly Set

Ray Boyd Kerns charged with felony arson, destruction of property in Woodstock, Va.

(Newser) - A volunteer firefighter who helped put out a blaze in Woodstock, Va., on Friday is also the person who set it, authorities say. A surveillance camera spotted Ray Boyd Kerns of the Woodstock Fire Department outside an abandoned multi-story, 22,000-square-foot building 30 minutes before a fire was reported by...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - There's no one perfect state in the US to live in, but you can likely find the perfect state for you. WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, including home prices, taxes, and cost of living; economy (e....

They Were Enjoying Happy Hour. Then, 'Pure Panic'

14 hurt, 4 critically, after vehicle smashes into pub in Arlington, Va.

(Newser) - Fourteen people kicking off the weekend outside of DC were injured Friday night when a vehicle slammed into the side of a pub in Arlington, Va., setting the building on fire. NBC News reports that four people were critically hurt after the car plowed through the front of Ireland's...

The Business Climate Is Tops in This State

North Carolina comes out on top in CNBC survey of best, worst US states for business

(Newser) - Looking to close a deal? Conducting business and staying competitive can prove a challenging endeavor, but in some states, the business world is booming. CNBC has released its 15th annual "America's Top States for Business" survey to help point movers and shakers in the right direction. It scores...

Virginia Authorities Looking for 44 People After Devastating Floods
Everyone Is Safe
After Virginia Flash Floods
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Everyone Is Safe After Virginia Flash Floods

More than 40 were initially unaccounted for in southwestern part of state

(Newser) - Update: Everybody is safe in southwestern Virginia after major flooding. Authorities initially counted more than 40 people as unaccounted for in Buchanan County, but they have since tracked everyone down, reports the Washington Post . "We are also happy to report that we are at zero fatalities," says county...

Richmond Police: 'Hero Citizen' Thwarted July 4 Shooting Plot

The intended target was reportedly the Dogwood Dell

(Newser) - Updated with more details on the alleged plot. Police in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday said a mass shooting was planned for their city on July 4, but that they fielded a tip that allowed them to thwart the plot. In an afternoon press conference, Police Chief Gerald Smith said a...

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