Ralph Northam, Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, right, admits he wore blackface as a 19-year-old college student. Herring is the 2nd Democratic lawmaker from Virginia to become entangled in racist scandals.

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Bethany Stephens

When Bethany Lynn Stephens, of Glen Allen, Va., was mauled to death last week by her 2 pit bulls while out for a walk, rumors swirled that she was killed by a different predator -- perhaps a bear or coyote.

The rumors were so widespread on social media that Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew decided to reveal information that his office had withheld from the public.

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Danica Roem

Virginia elected a cross-dressing man for Delegate in the state's district 13 on Tuesday. Danica Roem, 33, a gender confused man, defeated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall, who dubbed himself the state's "chief homophobe."

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Karen A Turner

A popular Richmond, Virginia hair stylist who worked on the set of Love & Hip-Hop: NY was killed after she confronted another woman over a man.

Police say 33-year-old Karen A. Turner, pictured above, was armed when she arrived at the Blue Ridge Estates apartment complex on Green Cove Drive around 10:40 p.m. Thursday night.

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Charlottesville

Vigils were held all over the country for the victims of the violent 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 12. The KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups assembled at Lee Park on Saturday to protest the planned removal of the Gen. Robert E. Lee confederate statue.

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James Fields

Police in Charlottesville, Virginia arrested the man who drove his car into a crowd of an anti-fascist protestors at a white supremacist rally near Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is scheduled to be removed.

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Nabra Hussein

A 22-year-old man who abducted and murdered a 17-year-old girl near a mosque in Virginia was in this country illegally, according to an ICE detainer request.

Nabra Hussein, of Sterling, North Virginia, was reported missing after she and a group of friends left an all-night prayer session at a mosque to walk to a McDonald's at 4 a.m. on Sunday.

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fake bags

A Virginia woman pled guilty to purchasing fake designer bags online, returning the bootleg bags to stores for refunds and selling the originals on Instagram.com for over $2,000 each.

Police say Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, 41, of Arlington, ran an online scam that netted her $1 million in profit from late 2014 to the end of 2015.

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Chef Ty Johns

A 19-year-old man is charged with stabbing a popular lesbian caterer during an argument over missing folding chairs.

Chef Tyonne Johns, 35, had just finished catering a gay wedding at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Fairfax County, Va., when she was confronted by Kempton Bonds, of Clifton, Md.

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Ronald Hamilton and Crystal Hamilton

Prince William County police officer Ashley Guindon, 28, clocked in to work her first shift on Saturday night.

She was killed hours later by Pentagon Army staff sergeant Ronald Hamilton when she responded to a 911 domestic violence call at his home in Lake Ridge, VA.

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stalking Virginia police have arrested a man they said stalked a 10-year-old boy he tried unsuccessfully to adopt.

According to court documents obtained by The Virginia-Pilot, William Thomas Duncan Jr., 41, tried unsuccessfully to adopt two 10-year-old boys from different counties in the past 2 years.

Police say Duncan was so obsessed with one of the boys, that he gave him toys with GPS trackers hidden inside.

Duncan showed up at the boy's school and at a field trip to the Carolina Zoo earlier this month.

He reportedly hired a private detective to find out which school the boy attended.

A magistrate ordered Duncan held without bond on a charge of interstate stalking.

WDBJ shooting

The gunman who executed 2 Virginia journalists has died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at a north Virginia hospital.

Vester Lee Flanagan II, of Roanoke, Virginia was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday.

Flanagan, 41, shot himself after losing control of his car during a police chase on I-66 in Fauquier County, Virginia. Flanagan shot and killed WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, during a live broadcast at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The WDBJ-TV journalists were conducting a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza when Flanagan approached and opened fire.

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WDBJ shooting

UPDATE: The suspect who shot and killed 2 Virginia reporters has apparently taken his own life shot himself following a high speed police chase on I-66 in Fauquier County, Virginia, MSNBC reports.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II, is in critical condition at a hospital after shooting himself at the end of a police chase along I-66.

Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed while interviewing Vicki Gardner from the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Gardner was shot in the back. She is expected to survive her injuries. At least 15 shots were fired.

There have been wildly conflicting reports that the gunman was dead. He is in fact alive and in critical condition, MSNBC reports.

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A Virginia television news reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed in a hail of gunfire during a live report early this morning.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were interviewing a woman during a live report at 6:45 a.m. for WDBJ-TV in Virginia when a gunman dressed in black approached and opened fire.

UPDATE 1: The Washington Post identified the shooter as a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ-TV. Virginia police are in active pursuit of the gunman on I-64 in Virginia.

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Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said the suspect who has been identified is believed to be a disgruntled employee of the TV station. Federal law enforcement officials are searching for the gunman.

McAuliffe also said that authorities had ruled out an act of terrorism and described the shooting as a “criminal case.” He said police have a photo of the individual and are “in pursuit as we speak.”

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: The August County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, of Roanoke, VA.

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Eric Cantor Loses in Stunning Defeat

President Barack Obama is rethinking his stance on immigration reform after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (REP) lost in a GOP Primary to a Tea Party Challenger on Tuesday.

Cantor's stunning defeat sent shockwaves through Washington yesterday as Republicans, and even Democrats, sat up and took notice.

Many say Cantor thought he was too much of a big shot in Washington to return home to Virginia to personally campaign against Dave Brat, an economics professor.

Cantor is the first sitting House Majority leader to lose in a primary in the history of American politics.

The defeat sent a strong signal to Washington that Americans are fed up with Washington's politics -- particularly on immigration reform.

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