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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, Madonna visits Malawian President Peter Mutharika at State House in Lillongwe  Malawi. In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014,  on iTunes and various streaming services.  The songs were released because several in-progress demos were leaked earlier this week, according to Madonna publicist Liz Rosenberg.  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Madonna releases 6 songs after leakMadonna releases 6 songs by surprise after demos from her new album were leaked
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Kurds advance against IS group in Syria's KobaniKurdish fighters advance against IS group in northern Syrian town of Kobani, activists say
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Cars drive by the Sony Pictures Plaza building 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)
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hackingNorth Korea wants joint investigation with US over Sony hacking to prove it's not involved
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Kidnapped Mozambican businessman releasedMozambican businessman, who was abducted last month, is released, authorities say
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FILE - In this Aug 13, 2012 file photo, a lab technician takes a blood sample for testing at the government run community Medical Clinic Robert Zulueta in Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba dealUS-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island's human rights record
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Lindsey Vonn of United States competes during training for an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, France, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Austrian skier Anna Fenninger posted the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training run ahead of countrywoman Regina Sterz and Lindsey Vonn on Friday. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)
Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill in FranceLindsey Vonn continues strong comeback with another World Cup downhill victory in France
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President Barack Obama, right, with his daughter Sasha, bottom left, the first lady Michelle Obama, top center, and their other daughter Malia top right, disembark Air Force One  after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getawayAs turbulent 2014 comes to an end, Obama arrives in Hawaii hoping for quiet family getaway
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In this November 2014 photo, employee Jen Sans points a customer in the right direction at a Target store, in South Portland, Maine. The National Retail Federation found in a survey that only 9 percent of shoppers finished their shopping by the start of December this year and nearly 15 percent hadn’t even started. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppersProcrastination need not turn to desperation for last-minute shoppers
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Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting themIslamic extremists in northeast Nigeria targeting elderly; lining them up and shooting them
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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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