Up to 60 injured after car drives into Va. parade
DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) - An emergency official says about 50 to 60 people were injured after car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in a small Virginia town.
Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said Saturday that no fatalities have been reported.
The injuries ranged from critical to superficial. 3 of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene in Damascus, about a half-hour east of Bristol.
The status of the driver wasn't released. Multiple witnesses described him as an elderly man.
Authorities are still investigating, but Harris says they believe the man might have suffered a medical emergency before the accident.
Before conservative crowd, Cuccinelli tacks middle
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's conservative activist attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, has been nominated by acclamation for governor at a statewide Republican convention dominated for the first time by the tea party.
Cuccinelli was unopposed for the nomination. Several thousand delegates to the convention will also choose their nominees for lieutenant governor from seven candidates, and choose between Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle and state Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg.
In remarks to the convention Saturday, Cuccinelli tacked to the center in a speech that stressed mainstream themes and fought back against Democratic attacks portraying him as a right-wing extremist.
He made scant mention of his support for abortion restrictions and instead noted his crackdowns on Internet predators and human traffickers, to exonerate the wrongly convicted and aid the intellectually disabled.
GOP CONVENTION-ATTORNEY GENERAL
Obenshain nominated by GOP for Va attorney general
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Mark Obenshain has won the Republican nomination for attorney general in Virginia 35 years after his father won the party's U.S. Senate nomination.
Obenshain was nominated by acclamation on a voice vote after his rival, Del. Rob Bell, conceded defeat after the first ballot at the Virginia Republican Convention on Saturday.
Obenshain's father, Richard Obenshain, won the party's U.S. Senate nomination in the same building in 1978, but was killed in August of that year when a small plane carrying him home from a campaign event crashed when Mark Obenshain was 16. John W. Warner took his place on the ballot and won the first of 5 U.S. Senate terms.
Onstage with Obenshain when he accepted the nomination was his mother and Richard Obenshain's widow, Helen Obenshain.
Mega Millions ticket sold in Va. worth $95M
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Mega Millions ticket sold in Farmville has matched all six numbers in the latest drawing and will split the estimated $190 million jackpot with the holder of another winning ticket bought in New Jersey.
Virginia Lottery officials said Saturday that 1 of the winning tickets from Friday night's drawing was bought at the Farmville Food Lion. The winner has yet to claim the ticket, which is worth $95 million.
The numbers drawn were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49. The Mega Ball was 41.
The Virginia winner has 180 days to claim the prize and can choose to take the $95 million in 26 annual payments or a 1-time cash option of $70.3 million before taxes.
It's the eighth time there has been a Mega Millions jackpot winner in Virginia.
Man pleads guilty in international fraud case
WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who told people in Washington he was a former British spy has pleaded guilty to defrauding former business associates of $2.1 million.
Fifty-1-year-old Kevin Halligen pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court.
The Washington Post reports that Halligen lived in the District of Columbia from 2005 to November 2008, working as a security consultant. He then fled the country when creditors started asking to be paid and was arrested a year later in Oxford, England.
Halligen pleaded guilty to defrauding Trafigura, a company based in the Netherlands. Court documents show Trafigura paid him $2.1 million to lobby on its behalf in the United States, but that he used most of that money to buy a large house in Great Falls, Va.
SMALL BOAT CAPSIZES
Coast Guard looks for 2 missing men in Va. river
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard is searching in Virginia for two men whose small boat capsized in the Rappahannock River.
The Coast Guard says a resident near Tappahannock noticed the 15-foot boat in trouble near his home Saturday. The resident got in his boat and rescued one man, who indicated that two other men were missing and weren't wearing flotation vests.
The rescuer returned to shore with the man and called the Coast Guard around 10 a.m.
The Coast Guard says several boats and an aircraft were sent to search for the two missing men.
Cleaning lady at Va. university earns degree
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A woman at Hollins University who's known to fellow students as the dormitory cleaning lady will join some of them in line at this weekend's commencement ceremonies.
For 12 years, Isabel Booth has juggled her custodial duties and taking classes at the Roanoke university. On Sunday, she'll receive her diploma in Spanish - nearly 50 years after dropping out of school in Mexico City to help support her family.
Hollins adult student program director Celia McCormick calls the 58-year-old Booth "an inspiration."
The Roanoke Times reports Booth isn't done learning. She plans to pursue a master's degree.
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