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FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, embracing as they wave to members of the media and the public after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England.  Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in EnglandHappy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England on anniversary of civil partnership
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even as Republicans celebrate their Senate takeover, they are making plans to defend it. In the 2016 Senate elections, GOP candidates will be defending incumbents in states President Barack Obama won _ a stark turnaround from this past November when Democrats were on the defense.  Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. is at left.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016Republicans confront tough election map in 2016 in trying to retain newfound Senate majority
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An ultra Orthodox Jew lights candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boyIsrael: Palestinians throw stones at Jewish settlers' cars in West Bank, injure Israeli boy
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Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday Dec 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years.(AP Photo/Graeme Bint)
Australian woman charged with murder of 8 childrenAustralian woman charged with murder of 8 children whose bodies were found inside her home
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San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field after the 49ers lost 38-35 in overtime to the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Novak's 40-yard FG lifts Chargers past 49ersChargers stay alive in playoff race on Nick Novak's field goal in OT, beat 49ers 38-35
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Cuba's President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the 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)
Obama says US can influence new generation in CubaObama promotes Cuba engagement as chance for US to influence events amid generational change
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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
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United Arab Emirates's Minister of Energy Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei speaks during the opening day of 10th Arab energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil pricesSaudi petroleum minister tells Arab summit there's no 'conspiracy' behind drop in oil prices
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FILE - This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said Thursday of an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April. Teenager Aji Ibrahim said he was lucky to escape into the bushes. "No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were chanting "Allahu akbar" (God is Great) while shooting at people and torching houses," he told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File)
Video shows Boko Haram killing captivesVideo shows Boko Haram gun down captives accused of being infidels
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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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