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FILE - Peter Zug of the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage trail maintenance crew looks up after making an adjustment to a snow gun during a snowmaking test at Kincaid Park in this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 file photo. With just days to go until solstice Sunday (Dec. 21) signals the official start of winter, bare ground can be seen in places and temperatures have been averaging in the 30s, prompting a few hardy residents to take to the streets in T-shirts and shorts.(AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Bill Roth)
Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest cityUnseasonable weather lingers in Alaska's largest city with solstice, Christmas just days away
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South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, top, swats at the ball being handled by Savannah State's Kenyata Hendrix during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
Parity abounds among women's hoops eliteSouth Carolina sits atop women's hoops, but Gamecocks not alone _ parity reigns at the top
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches drills during an Alabama NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)
Best of the season's 39 bowl gamesBowl Guide: The top games, players and matchups for the 2014-15 bowl season
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This photo released in a statement by the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 shows the Taliban fighters who stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, killing more than 140 people, most of them children. In an email on Wednesday, the Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters. (AP Photo/Pakistani Taliban handout)
Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacrePakistani military strikes targets in northwest following school massacre, 67 militants dead
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This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York.  "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)
Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he playedStephen Colbert retires his 'Report,' and the host he played, with wisecracks and a singalong
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Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston, left, and Andre Iguodala, right, try to steal the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injuryWarriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Kevin Durant sprains right ankle
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In this Dec. 21, 2013 photo provided by Make Music, a parade of guitar players walk on the sidewalk during the 2013 Make Music Winter celebration of the winter solstice in New York City. On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, musicians will form small parades for the fourth consecutive year to mark the start of winter 2014. Make Music Winter expects over a dozen parades throughout the city. (AP Photo/Make Music, Jocelyn Gonzalez)
NYC event marks winter solstice with music paradesNYC event marks winter solstice with musical parades where all are welcome to join in
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Janie Lee, left, a residential specialist with John L. Scott Real Estate, shows a home for sale to her client, Hongbin Wei, of Beijing, China, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Medina, Wash., near Seattle. Real estate agents such as Lee are taking note of growing connections linking China and Washington state, which ranks second to California in real estate sales to Chinese buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
China's wealth finds home in Washington stateConnections grow between China and Washington state, giving boost to high-end real estate
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Emergency services workers cover off the perimeter fence of 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)
8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia8 children found dead and mother wounded in a home in northern Australia
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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
  • Virginia Attorney Gets 9 Years for DUI, Manslaughter

    A once-prominent Tysons attorney is headed to prison for almost a decade after driving drunk and killing an Ashburn, Virginia, couple. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on the nine year sentence for Mark Sgarlata, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and drunken driving. NBC Washington, Fri, Dec 12 2014 @ 10:10 PM
  • New Year's Eve Racing Traditions Continue

    New Year's Eve 5K 10K races offers hope for housing and shelter services. More than $5,000 in awards and prizes! December 11, 2014 - Ashburn, VA: The fifth annual Ringing In Hope : A New Year's Eve Celebration race will be held December 31st, 2014 at Brambleton Town Center. Patch.com, Fri, Dec 12 2014 @ 04:01 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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