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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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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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Vanessa Garcia poses for a photo at her home in Miami, Florida, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. “My family always said they weren’t going back until Fidel died,” said Garcia, a 35-year-old writer in Miami whose parents left Cuba in the 1960s. “But it seemed like that was something that was hurting us rather than helping us in many ways. It’s lasted much longer than anybody thought it would.” (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and USYoung Cubans and Cuban-Americans contemplate a new future as governments establish ties
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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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Cincinnati's coach Mick Cronin directs players against San Diego State in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game in Cincinnati Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysmCincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm, will be sidelined indefinitely
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A demonstrator carries a banner reading "do not be silent"  during a protest against Spanish Citizens Security Law in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Thousands of people have gathered in several Spanish cities to protest against a new law that sets hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and holding demonstrations outside parliament buildings or strategic installations. Protesters who prevent authorities from carrying out evictions, insulting a police officer and disseminating photographs of police officers that endanger them or police operations can also be fined. The legislation also allows for the summary expulsion of migrants entering the country's North African enclaves illegally. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Spaniards protest their nation's proposed security lawSpaniards protest proposed security law that would impose hefty fines
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This Jan. 26, 2014 photo shows the Skikda oil refinery, 350 kilometers east of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unrest. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
Falling oil prices worry AlgeriaFalling oil prices force Algeria to confront heavy spending and subsidies
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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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