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Keeping Warm: Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

The fall and winter are upon us. The cooler temperatures cause many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.

Recount Likely In Connolly-Fimian Race

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Two unruly voting machines from precincts in Laurel Hill and Lorton that refused to spit out their tallies election night were opened up Wednesday morning. Both started working and delivered their much-anticipated results.

"Connolly won both precincts," said Edgardo Cortes, the Fairfax County Registrar.

The precincts boosted Gerald Connolly's lead from 480 votes to just more than 900 votes in the race for Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

"We're less than .04 percent of a difference," said Cortes.

Use Caution When Burning Candles

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Candles can provide ambiance and add warmth and coziness to a home. Candles are also often used when severe weather causes a power outage, leaving homeowners in the dark. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 17,400 candle-related fires occurred in homes annually. Approximately 180 deaths and 1,575 injuries are attributed to candle-related fires. On average, one home candle fire is reported every 34 minutes.

     The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommends residents use products such as battery-operated or electric candles and flashlights. If residents elect to use open-flame candles, follow these recommended safety tips:

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

Update from Fimian/Connolly Nail-Biting Race

What's For Dinner Gerry?

Today Fairfax County residents had to choose between 11th District incumbent U.S. House Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly and Republican Keith Fimian, who was Connolly's challenger in the 2008 election. Both Fimian and Connolly have stated that they are not taking this year's race for granted.

Voter turnout was particuarly important to both candidates today. As we all patiently wait for the election poll results to come in, Connolly's campaign headquarters at the Fairview Park Marriott of Falls Church, VA opens up the bar and the dinner buffet line to pass the time.

Sneak Peak of Gerry Connolly's Campaign Headquarters

It's hurry up and wait time at Gerry Connolly's campaign headquarters at the Fairview Park Marriot in Falls Church, VA. With just about 2 hours left at the polls, crews are setting up signs, screens, stage risers and media crews are getting their camera shots ready.

Connolly's website offers a tool to find your polling place. To follow Connolly on twitter: @ElectConnolly

For all of your D.C., Maryland, and Virginia election coverage, tune in to WUSA9 tonight.