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In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, anti-Castro protesters and former Cuban political prisoners Efrain Rivas, left, and Arturo Suarez, right, talk to a reporter in the Little Havana area of Miami. Rivas and Suarez expressed their disagreement on Wednesday's announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flockPope Francis' role in US-Cuba thaw leaves some Cuban-American Catholics feeling abandoned
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In a photo from Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Josh Reslow, 23, and his girlfriend Brittney Hines, 25, are interviewed outside the tent city erected outside the eastern edge of downtown Detroit. Detroit officials have received no complaints about the tent city residents and have no plans to move them from the park, said Sgt. Michael Woody, a police department spokesman. “They’re not breaking any laws that are violent in nature or effecting quality of life issues,” Woody said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown DetroitHomeless in tent city live on edge of life, outskirts of resurgent downtown Detroit
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This June 12, 2014 photo shows the new Swier Law Firm nestled between businesses in Corsica, S.D., a rural town of 600. A program in South Dakota is helping to lure attorneys from big cities to sparsely populated areas. Although federal grant money for decades has been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to sparsely populated areas, the South Dakota program is believed to be the first of its kind to similarly compensate lawyers. (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano)
States trying to lure lawyers into rural practiceStates trying to combat shortage of practicing attorneys in rural areas by offering incentives
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ADDS BOTH OFFICERS KILLED - Mourners stand at attention as the bodies of two fallen NYPD officers are transported from Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York.  An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both officers before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
2 cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself2 NYPD officers fatally shot by gunman who vowed to kill cops; shooter takes his own life
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Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killedFlorida authorities say a police officer has been shot and killed; suspect in custody
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, signs are displayed at the Cargill turkey processing plant in Springdale, Ark. American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week’s announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving communist regimes.  Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdlesUS companies are eager to capitalize on Cuba's market but must first overcome obstacles
The Associated Press27 minutes ago
Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnagePakistani minister says arrests made in Taliban school carnage that killed 148
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California puzzles over safety of driverless carsCalifornia regulators puzzle over how to know that (driverless) cars of the future are safe
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An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. He pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor listObama says US reviewing whether to return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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  • Fairfax County Closes Loan for Silver Line Phase Two

    Fairfax County closed on a $403 million federal loan on Thursday, ensuring that the county will be able to pay for its portion of Phase 2 of Metro's Silver Line. Fairfax County, which obtained the loan through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program, received the second- lowest interest rate in the history of the federal TIFIA loan program - a 2.73 percent interest rate. WTOP-FM Washington, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 06:52 PM
  • Playgrounds may be included when Loudoun builds future elementary schools

    At a joint committee meeting this month between members of the Loudoun County School Board and the Board of Supervisors, officials agreed to examine the possibility of including playgrounds in construction costs for planned elementary schools. Committee members also indicated that they would consider providing playgrounds for the four county public elementary schools that do not have them: Frederick Douglass in Leesburg, Moorefield Station in Ashburn, Cardinal Ridge in South Riding and Meadowland in Sterling. The Washington Post, Mon, Dec 15 2014 @ 01:54 PM
  • LCSO to conduct sobriety checkpoint tonight

    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on tonight, starting at 10 p.m. "Be responsible or risk a DUI," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:11 PM
  • Sterling sex offender gets 15 years on rape charge

    A Loudoun County Circuit judge on Dec. 15 handed down a 15-year sentence to a Sterling man convicted in August of rape. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:36 PM
  • Flying Dog Brewery to open experimental farm brewery destination in Virginia

    Flying Dog Brewery isn't betting the farm. Rather, it's placing its bets on the farm. Business Journal, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 08:33 AM
  • Various Reports of Attempted Fraud in Loudoun County

    Monday, Dec. 15: An Ashburn resident of the 43100 block of Belgreen Drive received a message from a person claiming to be with the IRS. The resident returned the call and began questioning the subject, who later disconnected the call. Patch.com, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 03:31 PM
  • In Purcellville, landmark Nichols Hardware reaches a hard-won milestone: 100 years

    A variety of pipe joints and fittings are available at Nichols Hardware in Purcellville, Va., which recently marked its 100th anniversary. It opened here 100 Decembers ago under the name Nichols Warner, on this same street in a different world. The Washington Post, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 07:29 PM
  • Prince William schools to start before Labor Day in 2015

    Patrons ride the "Intimidator 305" roller coaster at Kings Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, Va. in 2011. The Washington Post, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 05:03 PM
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