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In this photo taken on Dec. 26, 2014, thousands of crows congregate in trees above the Monroe County Courthouse  square in Bloomington, Ind.  Hundreds of crows settling in trees around the Monroe County Courthouse square in Bloomington have caused havoc in recent weeks by coating the area with droppings, in particular bombarding cars and parking meters.  (AP Photo/ Bloomington Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan)
Indiana city parking meters besieged with crow droppingsIndiana city sets up defenses to protect besieged parking meters from crow droppings
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015, file photo, Cars fill up at the pumps at a Shell station near downtown Detroit. Profits for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index are expected to grow at one of lowest rates in years, just 1.4 percent. The culprit: Energy companies that suffered as oil prices plunged. On Thursday, Jan. 29, Shell posted a 57 percent drop in fourth quarter earnings. (AP Photo/David N. Goodman, File)
Markets brace for Big Oil profit plungeBig oil, big impact: Markets brace for plunge in profits as oil majors report 4Q results
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Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC saysA new sign of a bad flu season: Hospitalization rate for US elderly hit record high, CDC says
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African Union postpones report on South Sudan atrocitiesAfrican Union postpones release of probe into South Sudan atrocities to advance peace process
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US spokesman: Gunman in fatal Afghan attack was in uniformUS says Afghan who killed 3 US contractors in Kabul was in uniform
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UN chief urges African leaders not cling to powerUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urge African leaders not cling to power
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2001 file photo, Portuguese player Luis Figo, left, of Spanish team Real Madrid receives his trophy as FIFA "World Player of The Year 2001" from Swiss FIFA president Joseph Blatter, center, and Georges Weah of Liberia, right, during the awards ceremony of the FIFA trophies in Zurich, Switzerland. Luis Figo said in an interview on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that he wants to become FIFA president and has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. (AP Photo/Keystone, Michele Limina, File)
Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bidLuis Figo names 5 European nominees backing his FIFA presidential election bid against Blatter
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Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, talks to Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, right, as he leaves following a joint news conference following their meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Germany bluntly rejected on Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while Dijsselbloem, on visit to meet the new Greek government officials, said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country's bailout program runs out at the end of February. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Germany to Greece: Don't mess with us over debt, austerityGreece, EU creditors in open dispute over demands to forgive debt, ease reforms
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FILE -  In this Sept. 14, 1998 file photo, Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert police unit that tortured and killed dozens of people, attends an amnesty hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leaderSouth Africa: "Prime Evil," leader of apartheid state death squad, Eugene de Kock gets parole
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  • Va. Senate votes to ban adoption of Common Core standards

    The state Senate has voted to prohibit adoption of the national Common Core curriculum standards in Virginia public schools without prior approval from the General Assembly. Sen. Richard Black's measure passed the Republican-controlled chamber Friday on a largely party-line 21-17 vote. WSET-TV Lynchburg, Fri, Jan 30 2015 @ 12:53 PM
  • Sterling Man Charged in Murder Plot To Stay in Jail

    A Loudoun County judge denied bond Thursday for a Sterling man accused of a murder-for-hire plot targeting his ex-wife, according to media reports. Dallas W. Brumback Jr., 35, was arrested last week and charged with attempted capital murder after he allegedly solicited a man to kill his ex-wife, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Patch.com, Thu, Jan 29 2015 @ 07:59 PM
  • Virginians far more likely to die in a fire than Marylanders

    After six people lost their lives in an Annapolis mansion fire, firefighters said sprinklers could have made all the difference. Loudoun County Fire Chief Keith Brower says homes are built with highly flammable materials, contain more synthetics and plastics than ever before and are burning faster than even 10 years ago. WTOP-FM Washington, Thu, Jan 29 2015 @ 04:29 PM
  • Sterling man accused in murder-for-hire plot denied bond; has ties to KKK

    A judge today denied bond for a Sterling man arrested Jan. 22 in a murder-for-hire plot to have his ex-wife killed. Loudoun Times, Thu, Jan 29 2015 @ 01:44 PM
  • Where it stands: Loudoun County Courts Complex expansion

    The Loudoun County Courts Expansion project in downtown Leesburg has seen some movement in recent weeks. Loudoun Times, Fri, Jan 30 2015 @ 06:37 AM
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