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An abandoned dog and cat seen in front of a damaged house, after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Ukraine and the Russian-backed separatists inked a cease-fire agreement Sept. 5, though the deal has been violated repeatedly. On Wednesday, shelling in rebel-held parts of the east killed at least 12 civilians, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fireEast Ukraine cease-fire appears to largely hold despite sporadic violations
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Police remove a sword as part of evidence found at a residential property in the suburb of Marsfield, in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group, by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Paul Miller) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA OUT, SOUTH PACIFIC OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES
Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plotAustralian leader says intelligence of beheading plot led to Sydney police raids
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FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell, arrives a federal court in Lynchburg, Va. A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact _ that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter.  (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)
Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trialJury won't consider 9 deaths linked to salmonella in Geogia trial of peanut plant owner
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Bayer to split off polymer division with IPOGerman pharma and chemicals company Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO
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FILE - In this Thursday,  March 6, 2014  file photo President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, following a meeting of the ECB governing council.   The European Central Bank launched its new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more in a slack economy — but saw less demand than expected for its offering of super-cheap credit. The central bank for the 18-country eurozone on Thursday  Sept. 18, 2014 handed out euro82.6 billion (US$107 billion) in ultra-cheap loans to 255 banks.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
New central bank stimulus launched for eurozoneEuropean Central Bank hands out first batch of cheap loans to banks in stimulus effort
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Family members of Hannah Witheridge, one of two slain British tourists, cry at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters before meeting with Thai police in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini commentThai military ruler apologizes for suggesting bikini-clad tourists unsafe after killings
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This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES     -   NO ARCHIVES
British Muslims plead for hostage under threatBritish Muslims plead for release of hostage threatened by Islamic State extremists in Syria
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A school boy arrives at a polling station to vote in the Scottish Referendum in Peebles, Scotland,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Scotland votes on independence.  Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds can vote in the referendum.  (AP Photo/David Cheskin)
Scots decide whether to declare independenceVoters in Scotland decide whether to break from UK and become independent
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A YES campaign Statue of Liberty on display in Niddrie a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.  The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation.  The pitch of the debate has grown increasingly urgent. Anti-independence campaigners argue that separation could send the economy into a tailspin, while the Yes side accuses its foes of scaremongering.  (AP Photo/David Cheskin)
A guide to Scotland as it votes on independenceA guide to Scotland as voting takes place on ending 3-century marriage with United Kingdom
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  • Ashburn Man Arrested After Wielding Knife During Assault

    An 18-year-old Ashburn man reportedly assaulted a female acquaintance while the two were driving from Sterling to an Ashburn residence Tuesday night. The incident occurred Tuesday, Sept. Patch.com, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 04:29 PM
  • As Purcellville awaits final report, outrage grows over youtha s shooting

    A final ruling on whether the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old Loudoun Valley student is justified is expected to be released at the end of next week, according to Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman. Loudoun Times, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 07:51 AM
  • Public Meeting to Discuss Academies of Loudoun

    The Loudoun County Citizen Volunteer Workgroup will hold a public information session Monday, Sept. 29 to discuss the proposed Academies of Loudoun . Patch.com, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 04:29 PM
  • Citizens Group Emails VA Governor Demanding Independent Review of...

    Seventeen year old Christian Sierra was fatally shot by police in Purceville, Virginia, after the teen allegedly lunged at cops with a knife. Police were responding to a call asking for help with the suicidal teen. Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 01:39 PM
  • Loudoun deputy named 2014 Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the Year

    VA Sheriffs' Association President Jack Weisenburger and Sheriff Mike Chapman present DFC James Spurlock with the Award for VA Deputy of the Year. Loudoun Times, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 11:30 AM
  • Loudoun County Animal Watch

    These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services. For information on the county 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, Sep 17 2014 @ 10:06 AM
  • Loudoun County drops gun charge against Severance

    Loudoun County prosecutors dropped a gun charge Monday against a man who faces multiple murder counts in Alexandria, clearing the way for him to be tried on the more serious charges. Charles Severance, 53, was transferred from Leesburg to Alexandria after Loudoun prosecutors dropped the gun charge against him during a hearing Monday morning. The Intelligencer, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 07:11 PM
  • Loudoun County supervisors opted against change supporting Loudoun Hounds stadium

    The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors opted not to make a change to the county's ordinances that could ultimately have benefitted the proposed Edelman Financial Field project. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors could have helped VIP Sports Entertainment raise millions of dollars in taxable bonds for a minor league stadium in Ashburn for the Loudoun Hounds but opted not to take the step at its final meeting before breaking for summer recess. Business Journal, Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 12:08 PM
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