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In this Friday, March 20, 1998 file photo people walk along Moscow's Red Square with St. Basil Cathedral, left, and Kremlin's Spassky Tower seen in the background. By all accounts, President Vladimir Putin has had a horrible year: Russia’s currency has lost more than half its value, the economy is heading toward recession and he has become a pariah in the West. And yet so far, Putin’s tough, anti-Western rhetoric and aggressive actions in neighboring Ukraine have helped him weather the storm, with a new Associated Press-NORC Center poll showing that 81 percent of Russians still support their president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble fallsAP-NORC Poll: 81 percent of Russians back Putin even as ruble falls and economic woes grow
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FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. If the U.S. government’s claim that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen’s latest comedy is correct, no one can say they weren’t warned. The movie, “The Interview,” pushed all of North Korea’s buttons. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest tabooWhy the fury? Sony film portraying Kim assassination took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
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Kraft Foods CEO to retire; Cahill named successorKraft Foods Group CEO Vernon plans to retire; Chairman Cahill named as successor
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--FILE--In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Markus Kaarma, center, is flanked by his defense attorneys Brian Smith, left, and Paul Ryan, as he listens to testimony, during his trial in Missoula, Montana for murder in the shooting death of Diren Dede.  Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of the 17-year-old Dede who he shot with a shotgun last spring after Kaarma caught him in his garage.  The defense had said the shooting was in defense of himself and his family. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Willson)
Self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial'Castle doctrine' defense fails as Montana man is convicted of German exchange student's death
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FILE - This Aug. 2, 2010, file photo, shows the Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters building in Cincinnati. France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents. The wrongdoing involved, among others, U.S.-based Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Sara Lee, Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever and Britain's Reckitt Benckiser.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixingOf Mr. Clean and dirty business: France fines 13 consumer-goods makers over price-fixing scam
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The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Global stocks were mostly lower Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 as oil prices tumbled again while investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
US stocks open higher, building on Fed gainsUS market indexes open sharply higher as market builds on gains following Fed meeting
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joined by, from left, Department Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte and Warden Becky Scott during his tour of Second Chance Housing at Rikers Island jail facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in New York.  The facility serves as alternative housing for incarcerated adolescents.  De Blasio  announced the city has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, Susan Watts, Pool)
Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violenceFeds sue New York City over widespread violence against young inmates at Rikers Island jail
The Associated Press36 minutes ago
UK police probe murder claims in child abuse caseBritish police looking into 3 alleged murders as part of historic child sex abuse case
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FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. Eight acrobats fell to the Dunkin' Donuts Center floor during the same stunt in Providence two days later. A spokesman for the circus' parent company told The Associated Press Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that it is contesting a citation from federal regulators for the accident. The spokesman also said there are no plans to put on a hair-hanging act in the future. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accidentCircus disputes federal citation for accident that injured 8 hair-hanging acrobats
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  • Mass. Fugitive Wanted for Intent to Murder Located in Sterling

    A man wanted on charges in Massachusetts, including intent to murder, was apprehended Sunday in Sterling, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Patch.com, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 03:03 PM
  • 85% of arrests, details about investigations go unreported in Loudoun and Leesburg

    The six men knew exactly what they were looking for when they broke into businesses in Ashburn's Piccadilly Plaza on Sept. Loudoun Times, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 06:07 AM
  • Winchester man charged with breaking and entering in Leesburg

    Stephen Price, 54, of Winchester broke into a residential home Dec. 15, according to a report released by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 01:00 PM
  • Leesburg boy aims to donate 1,000 toys to Toys for Tots

    LEESBURG, Va. A 12-year-old Loudoun County boy has had the spirit of giving since he was very young. WJLA-TV Arlington, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 01:27 AM
  • Principal at Va. charter school could get provisional license

    A principal who has been running Northern Virginia's first charter school without proper credentials has moved closer to obtaining a state license. Barbara Smith was hired in the spring to lead Middleburg Community Charter School in Loudoun County and applied for a principal's license. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 07:50 PM
  • Candland's proposal passed; Prince William County property tax increase capped at 1.7%

    The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan from Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland to cap the maximum property tax increase to 1.7%, down from an annual 4% tax increase approved last April. Under the old 5-year tax plan approved in April, the average tax bill was to increase by at least 4% every year. Potomac Local, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 01:04 PM
  • Loudoun County crime report

    These were among incidents reported by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police departments. For information, contact your police or sheriff's department. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:14 PM
  • Loudoun County Animal Watch

    These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services. For information on the county animal shelter's hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun. The Washington Post, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 12:12 PM
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