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FILE - In a Sept. 23, 2003 file photo, the real Linus, artist Linus Maurer, cuts a ribbon after unveiling a statue of Linus of "Peanuts" comic strip fame during a ceremony at his hometown of Sleepy Eye, Minn. Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend Charles Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown’s sidekick in his “Peanuts” comic strip, has died. Maurer’s longtime partner Mary Jo Starsiak said Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, that Maurer died Jan. 29 in Sonoma, California. He was 90. (John Cross/The Free Press via AP)
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend Charles Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's sidekick in his "Peanuts" comic strip, has died
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Lenny Sempertegui waits for his number to be called outside a Southern California Gas Co. office set up to handle claims by people affected by a 15-week-old gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. With a possible end in sight to a massive leak, anxious residents displaced from Porter Ranch and nearby communities are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes. Sempertegui, who has been living with his wife and 1 1/2-year old son in a small Burbank apartment since the end of December, said he was told the three-month lease he signed would be honored, but he doesn’t have anything in writing.(AP Photo/Brian Melley)
As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return homeLos Angeles residents who live near a gas leak that has been out of control for 15 weeks are expressing a mix of optimism and skepticism that a fix is within sight
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A girl is rescued from a collapsed building in an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
7 dead, hundreds rescued and injured as quake rattles TaiwanRescuers are racing to find survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, collapsing a high-rise residential complex and killing at least seven people
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FILE - In a Friday, June 24, 2005 file photo, X-Games athlete Dave Mirra poses in the half-pipe at his training facility in Greenville, N.C. Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. Greenville police said Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, that Mirra's body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.He was 41.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Dave Mirra, who broke barriers on a BMX bike, dies at 41Dave Mirra did things few people could on a BMX bike, using a combination of natural ability, fearlessness and innovation to take the sport to places many never thought possible
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Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in JapanAngelina Jolie's "Unbroken" has opened more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, the country where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie
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Four-country talks resume on path to Afghan peaceChina, the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan have launched their third round of talks aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk peace with the Afghan government
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United States' Matt Besler, right, heads the ball as Canada's Cyle Larin watches during the second half of an exhibition soccer match Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Carson, Calif. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Jozy Altidore scores on late header, US beats Canada 1-0Jozy Altidore scored on a header in the 89th minute, and the United States wrapped up its annual year-opening camp with a 1-0 victory over Canada in an exhibition on Friday night
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Citigroup blocks fantasy sports transactions in New YorkThe world's biggest credit-card lender is blocking transactions by New York residents on the country's two biggest sites
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U.S. Coast Guard crew members and Los Angeles firefighters  investigate a light plane reportedly down off of San Pedro, Calif., Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Long Beach fire Capt. Mark Miller says the control tower at Long Beach airport reported that the plane had gone down about two miles from the breakwater around 3:30 p.m. Friday. (Chuck Bennett/Daily Breeze via AP)
3 people believed aboard 2 planes that collided off LATwo small planes with three people believed to be aboard collided over the ocean just outside the port of Los Angeles, prompting a massive search by dozens of boats and divers
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  • Ashburn dog to strut her stuff at Westminster Dog Show

    Jolie, a big, friendly Burmese mountain dog, will represent Loudoun County and her breed at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 16. The 4-year-old Ashburn dog, who happens to be the number one female Burmese mountain dog in the United States, will be showing for conformation in the working group. Loudoun Times, Fri, Feb 5 2016 @ 10:11 AM
  • Ashburn Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

    LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA: Mark Herndon Wascak, 31, appeared before Judge Jeanette A. Irby in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on five counts of possession of child pornography. Judge Irby imposed a total active sentence of five years in the Virginia Department of Corrections, according to an announcement by the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Loudoun County. Patch.com, Thu, Feb 4 2016 @ 03:38 PM
  • Despite federal spending cuts, Northern Virginia keeps growing

    Northern Virginia is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state, according to 2015 population estimates from the University of Virginia's The population increased by 8.7 percent, adding 232,297 residents over the past five years, bringing the total to 2,909,438, the center estimates. Loudoun County grew the fastest, with a population boom of nearly 20 percent. WTOP-FM Washington, Fri, Feb 5 2016 @ 04:03 PM
  • Loudoun County Public Library to Host Programs for Black History Month

    LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA: In celebration of Black History Month, a variety of Loudoun County Public Library's programs in February showcase African-American history and the Civil Rights movement, according to the LCPL. Feb. 7: Local historian Richard Gillespie explores "Our Civil Rights Landscape" at the Purcellville Library on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. Gillespie, executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will focus on local sites from the Purcellville--Lincoln area, from 1850 to the present. Patch.com, Thu, Feb 4 2016 @ 04:39 PM
  • Del Ken Plum: A More Realistic Minimum

    This is an opinion column by Del. Ken Plum, who represents Reston in Virginia's House of Delegates. WTOP-FM Washington, Thu, Feb 4 2016 @ 02:34 PM
  • Open Houses in Loudoun County

    Save the Date! Sunday, February 7th. Lots of open houses in Loudoun County! Start your home search today! See complete open houses here >>> http://goo.gl/GTJBEs By clicking "Subscribe!", you agree to have read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy . Patch.com, Thu, Feb 4 2016 @ 01:09 PM
  • Opportunities to Serve on Loudoun Boards and Commissions

    LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees, according to a Loudoun County Government announcement. Patch.com, Thu, Feb 4 2016 @ 01:09 PM
  • Historic Loudoun Co. home destroyed by accidental blaze, officials said

    Authorities said the fire, which destroyed this historic Loudoun County home, was caused by flammable vapors. An accidental fire destroyed a Loudoun County house that was built from the late 1700s to early 1800s, officials said Wednesday. The Washington Post, Wed, Feb 3 2016 @ 07:46 PM
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