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    BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — One person was killed and two were injured after a U.S. Navy plane crashed in the water near the Maryland and Virginia state lines of the Eastern Shore, authorities confirmed. The E2-D Hawkeye aircraft went down in the Chincoteague Bay Wednesday around 7:30 p.m. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Much Of The State, Tornado Watch In Some AreasDivers and first responders helped recover the body of a crew member who was found dead in the aircraft, officials said. Two other crew members were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and taken to the hospital for treatment. The survivors had non-life-threatening injuries, the Naval Air Force in Virginia confirmed. Before the crash, officials said the crew was conducting routine flight operations near Wallops Island, Virginia. READ MORE: Scott And Harrison Join Lawmakers, Advocates In Calling On Hogan To Sign 'Ghost Gun' BanThe type of plane is used for surveillance, search and rescue missions and to warn against threats, according to the Navy’s description of the E2-D Hawkeye. Officials declined to immediately release the injured crewmembers’...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One person is dead and 2 others injured after a U.S. Navy aircraft  crashed into the water near Wallops Island in Virginia on the Eastern Shore, Wednesday evening. The U.S. Coast Guard and local rescue crews including the Ocean City Fire Department responded to the crash site using a helicopter and a lifeboat. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Alert Day, Tracking Severe Afternoon StormsTwo of the crew members were rescued from the partially submerged plane by Maryland State Police and taken to the hospital. They are expected to be okay. READ MORE: Weather Watch: Dangerous Winds May Accompany ThunderstormsEmergency teams did find the body of the third crewmember inside the aircraft. The The U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye went down while conducting routine flight operations in the Wallops Island, Virginia area, according to Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with the Naval Air Force. MORE NEWS: Local Legislation Takes Aim At E-ZPass ProblemsOfficials say the E2-D Hawkeye is an advanced tactical airborne early warning aircraft that is based our of the Naval station in Norfolk, Virginia.
    OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A U.S. Navy aircraft with three people aboard crashed in waters near the Eastern Shore boundary of Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday evening, killing one, authorities said. Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, told The Associated Press the plane was conducting routine flight operations in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Virginia, when it went down around 7:30 p.m. Two injured people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and one was found dead in the aircraft, U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye, Myers said. The plane, an advanced tactical airborne early warning aircraft, is based out of Naval Station Norfolk and assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron. Ryan Whittington, a spokesman for Maryland’s Ocean City Fire Department, told The Associated Press that it and other agencies were on the scene after the plane went down in Chincoteague Bay near the community of Stockton. Whittington said a volunteer fire department in Stockton was the first to respond after getting a call around 7:30 p.m., adding other...
    OCEAN CITY, Maryland -- A U.S. Navy aircraft with three people aboard crashed in waters near the Eastern Shore boundary of Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday evening, killing one, authorities said.Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, told The Associated Press the plane was conducting routine flight operations in the vicinity of Wallops Island, Virginia, when it went down around 7:30 p.m.Two injured people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and one was found dead in the aircraft, U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye, Myers said.The plane, an advanced tactical airborne early warning aircraft, is based out of Naval Station Norfolk and assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron. In a photo provided by the Ocean City Fire Department, emergency workers confer Wednesday, March 30, 2022, near Stockton, Md., after a U.S. Navy E2-D Hawkeye aircraft crashed. Ryan Whittington/Ocean City Fire Department via AP Ryan Whittington, a spokesman for Maryland's Ocean City Fire Department, told The Associated Press that it and other agencies were on the scene after the plane went down...
    Long Beach, California-based Rocket Lab USA has chosen Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for its launch site and manufacturing and operations facilities for its next generation reusable Neutron rocket. The company is receiving $45 million in incentives for the project, including site improvements and construction support. Rocket Lab says the new Neutron manufacturing and launch site will create 250 jobs. More Business News The Neutron production complex and launchpad will be within the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, and near its existing launch site for its smaller Electron launch vehicle. The Neutron rocket is designed to land back on the launchpad after a space mission, and will be refurbished on-site after each use. A rendering of Rocket Lab USA’s future Wallops Island and Launch Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “Neutron is a new generation of rocket that will advance the way space is accessed, and Virginia makes perfect sense as a significant site for Neutron’s early development,” said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. “Virginia is home to an active and experienced aerospace...
    Medical staff were forced to sleep in hospitals overnight, roads were closed and public services are shut down after storm Izzy dumped a foot of snow on Eastern U.S. Snow and ice stretched from Mississippi to Virginia as Storm Izzy slammed the Southeast, leaving more than 250,000 without power over the weekend.  More than 200 US flights were cancelled on Tuesday and about 600 were delayed, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.  And now as much of the country deals with the aftermath of winter storm Izzy, another potential winter storm is forecasted later this week, the Weather Channel reported.   Arctic air is expected to hit 'much of the central and eastern states' during the second half of this week and could bring more snow and ice to parts of the Southeast and potentially the Northeast.   Accumulating snow is possible late this week from parts of northern Georgia into the Carolinas and Virginia  Arctic air is expected to hit 'much of the central and eastern states' during the second half of this week In Northeast Ohio, a foot of...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Taz Sherman scored a career-high 28 points to lead West Virginia to an 80-77 comeback victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday night. Malik Curry scored 10 of his 16 points over the final seven minutes for the Mountaineers (5-1). Jannson Williams led Eastern Kentucky (5-2) with 22 points. Braxton Beverly and Michael Moreno scored 12 apiece. West Virginia trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but clawed back with scrappy defense and solid shooting after halftime. The Mountaineers grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and forced 17 turnovers. Sherman hit a jumper to put the Mountaineers ahead to stay with 3:26 remaining. Sherman was fouled on the play and missed the subsequent free throw, but West Virginia got the ball back off the rebound. Curry’s jumper with the shot clock winding down put the Mountaineers ahead 75-71. Eastern Kentucky’s Devontae Blanton missed a potential tying 3-pointer with a minute left. Curry responded with a driving layup and Sherman sank a free throw for a two-possession lead. The Colonels’ Russhard Cruickshank hit a 3-pointer at...
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The CIA man who briefed President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001, and later President Barack Obama on the intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden said Tuesday that he’s convinced the Taliban will invite al-Qaida to rebuild in Afghanistan. “There is no doubt in my mind,” said Michael Morell, who twice served as acting CIA director. “I believe that the Taliban will give safe haven to al-Qaida, and I believe it will be al-Qaida’s intention to again build its capability so that they can attack us here at home.” Morell spoke at an online forum sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is holding multiple panels this week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Counterterrorism efforts fall into a pattern, Morell said, in which their capabilities can be easily degraded by a focused effort, but easily rebuilt when that focus fades. He pointed to the time in 2002 and 2003 when the U.S. shifted its focus to Iraq, which he...
    Ten years ago Monday, a significant earthquake shook the D.C. area, causing damage to the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral and other landmarks. Some of the damage done to the Washington National Cathedral during the 2011 earthquake. (Courtesy William Leith, USGS) The U.S. Geological Survey said that the magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered under Mineral, Virginia, on Aug. 23, 2011, was likely the most widely-felt earthquake in North American history, owing to the Eastern Seaboard’s population density. “The 2011 earthquake in Virginia was significant in raising awareness of East Coast earthquake hazards and the importance of research to understand when and where earthquakes can occur,” said David Applegate, USGS associate director for natural hazards, said in a news release. “Damaging earthquakes do not strike the eastern U.S. often, but the potential consequences of not understanding and planning for such events with their widely distributed shaking could be severe. The next significant earthquake on an eastern U.S. fault may not occur for hundreds of years, yet there is a small chance it could happen at any time.” Experts say the region was...
                        President Joe Biden has announced his nominees for United States Attorney for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Jessica Aber and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia (WDVA) Christopher Kavanaugh were on a list of two candidates for each seat recommended by Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. “We are pleased that the president has nominated Ms. Aber and Mr. Kavanaugh to fill these vacancies,” the senators said in a joint press release. “After a thorough review of their distinguished records, we believe they will serve Virginia and the country with distinction. We hope our colleagues will join us to support these well-qualified nominees to be U.S. Attorneys in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Aber is experienced in criminal justice, with 12 years at the EDVA U.S. Attorney’s Office and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, according to a letter of recommendation sent by the senators...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to lead high-profile U.S. Attorney offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Biden picked Damian Williams for the top spot in Manhattan’s Southern District of New York, and Breon Peace to head Brooklyn’s Eastern District of New York. Both men are Black, and Williams would be the first Black person to run the Manhattan office. READ MORE: From 3 Men In A Room To Kathy Hochul, Andrea Stewart-Cousins And Carl Heastie: Major Change Ahead In Albany Both offices have been involved in attention-getting investigations and prosecutions. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in 2018 oversaw the prosecution and subsequent guilty plea of Michael Cohen, at one time the personal lawyer of former President Donald Trump, on campaign-finance violations and other charges. In the Eastern District, the office is overseeing the investigation of Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he secretly lobbied the U.S. on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Williams is currently chief of the securities and...
    NEW YORK -- President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to lead high-profile U.S. Attorney offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.Biden picked Damian Williams for the top spot in Manhattan's Southern District of New York, and Breon Peace to head Brooklyn's Eastern District of New York. Both men are Black, and Williams would be the first Black person to run the Manhattan office.Both offices have been involved in attention-getting investigations and prosecutions.The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in 2018 oversaw the prosecution and subsequent guilty plea of Michael Cohen, at one time the personal lawyer of former President Donald Trump, on campaign-finance violations and other charges.MORE NEWS | Senate passes $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, package now heads to HouseEMBED More News Videos The 69-30 tally provides momentum for this first phase of Biden's "Build Back Better" priorities, now headed to the House. In the Eastern District, the office is overseeing the investigation of Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump's 2017 inaugural committee, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he secretly lobbied the U.S. on behalf of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to lead high-profile U.S. Attorney offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Biden picked Damian Williams for the top spot in Manhattan’s Southern District of New York, and Breon Peace to head Brooklyn’s Eastern District of New York. Both men are Black, and Williams would be the first Black person to run the Manhattan office. Both offices have been involved in attention-getting investigations and prosecutions. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District in 2018 oversaw the prosecution and subsequent guilty plea of Michael Cohen, at one time the personal lawyer of former President Donald Trump, on campaign-finance violations and other charges. In the Eastern District, the office is overseeing the investigation of Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he secretly lobbied the U.S. on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Williams is currently chief of the securities and commodities task force in the Southern District office, where he oversees more than 20 prosecutors. Peace worked in the Eastern District...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Veteran federal prosecutors from Virginia’s two prosecutorial districts have been nominated by President Joe Biden to become the regions’ U.S. attorneys. Biden named Jessica Aber on Tuesday as his choice for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, while Christopher Kavanaugh is the president’s pick for the Western District of Virginia. Both are subject to Senate confirmation. Aber is currently an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, where she has worked since 2009. Kavanaugh has served since 2014 in the Western District office, but most recently he’s been senior counsel to the deputy attorney general at the Justice Department. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - Much of the eastern United States is buzzing. The sound of periodical cicadas is becoming pervasive with the emergence of Brood X (Ten), or the Great Eastern Brood, which emerges every 17 years. The big, red-eyed insects come above ground after the soil temperature rises above 18 degrees Celsius, ending their long slumber. They are now in Virginia and much of everywhere across a 15-state eastern region in the United States.  After spending nearly their entire 17-year lives underground, sipping sap from tree roots, trillions of nymphs are emerging to mate and then die.  Cicadas shed their nymph shells as they hang on a tree near Alexandria, Virginia, May 24, 2021. (Photo by Diaa Bekheet)The male cicadas are making all the racket — a mating call produced by vibrating membranes in their abdomens.  Their collective symphony approaches a level of 100 decibels — as loud as a motorcycle.  The insects do not bite or sting, but many Americans consider them a noisy annoyance they will have to endure for several weeks.    
    By Christina Carrega | CNN A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for conspiring with Russian agents to provide them with US defense intelligence, the Justice Department announced Friday. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy, which started back in 1996 when he made frequent visits to Russia to meet with their intelligence agents and at some point was given a code name and signed a settlement “attesting that he wanted to serve” them, prosecutors with the Eastern District of Virginia said. “Debbins flagrantly and repeatedly sold out his country,” said Raj Parekh, acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The defendant’s brazen disclosures to Russian intelligence agents jeopardized US national security and threatened the safety of his fellow servicemen.” After he was given the Russian alias, Debbins was encouraged to join the Army, where he served between 1998 and 2005 in chemical units before being selected for the US Army Special Forces and earned a top rank as captain, prosecutors said.
    Washington (CNN)A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for conspiring with Russian agents to provide them with US defense intelligence, the Justice Department announced Friday.Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy, which started back in 1996 when he made frequent visits to Russia to meet with their intelligence agents and at some point was given a code name and signed a settlement "attesting that he wanted to serve" them, prosecutors with the Eastern District of Virginia said. "Debbins flagrantly and repeatedly sold out his country," said Raj Parekh, acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "The defendant's brazen disclosures to Russian intelligence agents jeopardized US national security and threatened the safety of his fellow servicemen."After he was given the Russian alias, Debbins was encouraged to join the Army, where he served between 1998 and 2005 in chemical units before being selected for the US Army Special Forces and earned a top rank as captain, prosecutors said.
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