What would a Romney win mean to offshore drilling in Virginia?

The Republican contender promised on Thursday to aggressively expand offshore oil drilling along Virginia, North Carolina and the Gulf of Mexico. At an appearance in New Mexico, Romney claimed that his energy plans, which also include drilling for oil in a federal Alaskan wildlife reserve, would create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in new revenue. And he made a bold promise: "North American energy independence by 2020, a never-realized goal claimed by presidential candidates for decades."

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President Obama's campaign announced Thursday that it wanted people to send them a political donation via text message. The campaign boasted that it would be "the first political campaign in history" to take cash from those who use a special text number. The donations were ruled legal in a recent advisory opinion by the Federal Election Commission. Payments are limited to $50 during a billing cycle for the phone. Text message contributors will see the charge on their next wireless bill.

What happened to John Lennon's killer?

Mark David Chapman was denied conditional release again by the New York parole board on Thursday. His release "would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime," the parole panel wrote in its decision. The 57-year-old has been locked up since he shot the former Beatle in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, in December 1980. He will be eligible for another hearing in 2016.