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Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Zinke, 55, a former Navy SEAL who just won his second term in Congress, was an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and, like his prospective boss, has expressed skepticism about the urgency of climate change. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Interior nominee Zinke disputes Trump on climate changeMontana congressman Ryan Zinke says he disagrees with President-elect Donald Trump's claim that climate change is a hoax
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Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos arrives with former Sen.  Joe Lieberman, right, before testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Latest: Lieberman returns to Senate to recommend DeVosFormer Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut has returned to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of the Education Department
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FILE - In this July 8, 2015, file photo, a United Airlines plane, front, is pushed back from a gate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. United Continental Holdings, Inc. reports financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
United Airlines 4Q profit drops 52 percent to $397 millionAt United Airlines, lower average fares and higher labor costs contribute to 52 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit
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FILE - This July 19, 2007 file photo shows Caesars Palace hotel-casino in Las Vegas. A federal judge approved Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, a plan to reorganize a subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., clearing the way for the operating unit to exit bankruptcy after filing for Chapter 11 protection with $18 billion in debt. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
US judge OKs plan for Caesars' unit to exit $18B bankruptcyA federal judge has given the thumbs-up to a plan to reorganize a subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp., clearing the way for the operating unit to exit bankruptcy two years after filing for Chapter 11 protection with $18 billion in debt
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, state representatives work in the Iowa House on the opening day of the Iowa Legislature at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress. If passed by the new GOP-controlled Legislature, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country and could make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Bill would let woman sue doctors who perform their abortionsIowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later
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Texas, 13 other states sue to block Obama coal mining ruleTexas and 13 other states have asked a federal court to block the Obama administration's final rules designed to reduce coal mining's environmental impact on streams
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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek argues with a referee during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Even as Knicks tumble again, Carmelo wants to be in New YorkCarmelo Anthony still believes the Knicks can win and still wants to be in New York when they do
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In this photo provided by the Oregon State Police taken Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter searches a beach about two miles north of Cape Blanco, Oregon, where a father and his young son were swept out to sea Sunday as they walked near the surf. (Oregon State Police via AP)
Oregon ocean tragedy underscores need for greater awarenessOne moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son and the next, they were gone
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This booking photo released by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office shows Elaine Yates. Two sisters who disappeared from Rhode Island with their mother Elaine Yates in 1985 have been located in the Houston area, and their mother was charged with snatching them, police announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Yates, who had been living in Houston under the name Leina Waldberg, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 16, without incident and faces arraignment Wednesday in Rhode Island on a fugitive charge. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Police: Kids taken 3 decades ago are found, mom is arrestedRhode Island State Police say two children reported missing in 1985 have been located in the Houston area and their mother has been charged with snatching them
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  • Loudoun residents develop a palate for gourmet donuts

    Aside from Dunkin' Donuts and prepackaged boxes of Krispy Kreme at the grocery store, Loudoun residents haven't had many donut options in recent years, with the exception of nearby Duck Donuts in Herndon. Loudoun Times, Sun, Jan 15 2017 @ 01:37 PM
  • Twenty firearms stolen over last few months in Loudoun County

    Authorities said 20 firearms have been stolen in separate incidents over the last two months from vehicles throughout Loudoun County. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said that from November to this week, the thefts have happened in a range of area from Leesburg and Sterling to Ashburn, Round Hill and Hamilton. The Washington Post, Wed, Jan 11 2017 @ 10:24 AM
  • Feds expand Ball's Bluff battlefield landmark acreage

    The federal government has greatly expanded the acreage of a national historic landmark commemorating Ball's Bluff Battlefield in northern Virginia. Loudoun County officials announced Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior has approved a request to expand the landmark from 76 acres near Leesburg to more than 3,300 acres on both sides of the Potomac River, encompassing land in Virginia and Maryland. The Progress, Tue, Jan 17 2017 @ 05:15 AM
  • Sterling man charged with animal cruelty, wielded knife at dog

    A Sterling man has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding and animal cruelty after attempting to harm a family dog with a knife, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Loudoun Times, Tue, Jan 17 2017 @ 01:10 PM
  • Leesburg man found guilty of second-degree murder for 2016 stabbing

    A Leesbug man was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of his half-brother last February, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Office. Loudoun Times, Sun, Jan 15 2017 @ 11:36 PM
  • Loudoun County winery takes a Best in Classa at San Francisco Chronicle competition

    Loudoun County husband-wife tandem Todd and Aimee Henkle are no doubt raising a celebratory glass today. Loudoun Times, Tue, Jan 17 2017 @ 12:25 PM
  • Report finds future housing gap of 18,000 in Loudoun. But is the county ready for the growth?

    By 2040 Loudoun County will be 17,860 homes shy of what it needs, and this comes at a time when people from across the income spectrum are expected to migrate to the county that will be home to seven percent of the region's jobs, according to a housing needs assessment draft from George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis and the ... (more) Loudoun Times, Mon, Jan 16 2017 @ 09:28 PM
  • Capitol is Site of Dueling Gun Rallies

    RICHMOND Unified by their desire to preserve safety, but divided on ways to do so, both sides of the Virginia gun debate rallied on Capitol Square on Monday. "Hello deplorables. NBC12, Mon, Jan 16 2017 @ 08:00 PM
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