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Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. While praising the historic agreement between Cuba and the U.S. to restore relations, Castro made it clear that the agreement only goes so far, reminding the audience of his call for the U.S. Congress to end the trade embargo. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban systemRaul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system; freed spies get ovation in parliament
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In this image taken from video and provided by the Riverdale, N.J. Police Department, Brian Chellis, 23, of Cedar Grove, N.J. talks with a Riverdale police officer after being found passed out in a car early Dec. 20, 2014. Police say that they found the man, who dressed as an elf, asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. Chellis, who faces drunk driving charges, was issued a summons and released to a family member. (AP Photo/Riverdale Police Department)
Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWIPolice: Man dressed in 'Elf on the Shelf' costume passed out in parking lot charged with DWI
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Liberians election workers watch as a voter washes her hands before casting her votes, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fearsLiberia holds Senate vote amid concern over the spread of Ebola
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Protesters against Cuba-US plan gather in MiamiAnti-Castro groups gather for Cuba protests in Miami; some have been disappointed by turnouts
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2011, file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson D-Fla., speaks with reporters at the Florida Democratic Party State Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   President Barack Obama's surprise decision this week to restore diplomatic relations with the communist nation is the surest sign yet those politics are changing, with some even suggesting it’s a political gambit aimed at cracking the Cuban-American community’s longtime support for the GOP.  Nelson said you can see “in the polls, and you can see that just by going to Miami and talking to folks,” how much things have changed. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)
Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shiftObama's move to restore relations with Cuba reflects political shift in swing state Florida
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Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, right, puts up a shot over the defense of Western Kentucky's George Fant during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Louisville F Harrell ejected vs Western KentuckyLouisville F Harrell draws ejection, 1-game suspension for throwing elbow vs Western Kentucky
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The Sony Pictures Entertainment studio building is seen on Madison 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, and 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)
Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattageSony hacking case combines rare blend of international intrigue and Hollywood star power
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Francis names new camerlengoPope taps French cardinal as camerlengo, official who takes charge of Vatican when papacy ends
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Egypt official says nearly 10,000 detained this yearEgypt security official says nearly 10,000 detained in crackdown on militants, rioters
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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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