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FILE - In this May 18, 2014 file photo the Swiss central bank is reflected in a fountain in Bern, Switzerland. The bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies. In a statement Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, the central bank said it was introducing a rate of minus 0.25 percent on sight deposit account balances of more than 10 million Swiss francs ($12.5 million). (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer, File)
Swiss central bank imposes negative interest ratesSwiss central bank introduces negative interest rates to keep franc from gaining more strength
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This June 15, 2013 photo, made available courtesy Sean Waugh, NOAA, shows a team of researchers from the University of Colorado and NOAA sampling surface boundaries in the Pawnee National Grasslands, near Grover, Colo. as a storm develops over Wyoming. Colorado and Nebraska researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big storms, and now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form. (AP Photo/Sean Waugh, NOAA)
Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados formQ&A: Drones can peer inside big Midwest storms, might help explain how tornados form
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover.  (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
Putin accuses West of trying to sideline RussiaPutin voices confidence ruble will recover, accuses West of trying to corner Russia
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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev is scheduled to be in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for the final  hearing before his trial begins in January. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)
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This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)
N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest everSony faces losses on multiple fronts from unprecedented cyberattack linked to North Korea
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11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola11th Sierra Leonean doctor, 1 of the country's most senior physicians, dies of Ebola
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Iran to hold military drill near strategic passageIran to hold massive military drill near strategic Strait of Hormuz
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An employee of the Korea Exchange Bank walks by a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room of the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Asian stock markets powered higher Thursday, sweeping aside worries about a flagging global economy after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Fed rate wording boosts world stock marketsWorld stock markets boosted by Fed vow to be "patient" in raising interest rates
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A man carries a bag of cold meats in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Cuba and the United States have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana dealCubans hope for better future with renewal of relations with US
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  • Mass. Fugitive Wanted for Intent to Murder Located in Sterling

    A man wanted on charges in Massachusetts, including intent to murder, was apprehended Sunday in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Patch.com, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 03:03 PM
  • 85% of arrests, details about investigations go unreported in Loudoun and Leesburg

    The six men knew exactly what they were looking for when they broke into businesses in Ashburn's Piccadilly Plaza on Sept. Loudoun Times, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 06:07 AM
  • Winchester man charged with breaking and entering in Leesburg

    Stephen Price, 54, of Winchester broke into a residential home Dec. 15, according to a report released by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 01:00 PM
  • Leesburg boy aims to donate 1,000 toys to Toys for Tots

    LEESBURG, Va. A 12-year-old Loudoun County boy has had the spirit of giving since he was very young. WJLA-TV Arlington, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 01:27 AM
  • Principal at Va. charter school could get provisional license

    A principal who has been running Northern Virginia's first charter school without proper credentials has moved closer to obtaining a state license. Barbara Smith was hired in the spring to lead Middleburg Community Charter School in Loudoun County and applied for a principal's license. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 07:50 PM
  • Candland's proposal passed; Prince William County property tax increase capped at 1.7%

    The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan from Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland to cap the maximum property tax increase to 1.7%, down from an annual 4% tax increase approved last April. Under the old 5-year tax plan approved in April, the average tax bill was to increase by at least 4% every year. Potomac Local, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 01:04 PM
  • Loudoun County crime report

    These were among incidents reported by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police departments. For information, contact your police or sheriff's department. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:14 PM
  • Loudoun County Animal Watch

    These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services. For information on the county animal shelter's hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:12 PM
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