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Plumes of smoke rise on the air from inside Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the border town of Kilis, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Turkish jets have begun an aerial offensive, codenamed operation "Olive Branch", against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, in northwest Syria . A military statement says the operation launched Saturday aims to protect Turkey's borders, "neutralize" Syrian Kurdish fighters in the enclave and to save the local population from their "pressure and oppression." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Latest: Syrian Kurds deny Turkish troops enter enclaveA Kurdish militia and a Syrian war monitoring group have denied reports that Turkish troops have entered a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria but say fighting is underway
The Associated Press16 minutes ago
Britain's Kyle Edmund, left, is congratulated by Italy's Andreas Seppi after winning their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Nadal beats Schwartzman, reaches Aussie Open quarterfinalsRafael Nadal got a good fitness test in his almost four-hour, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 10th time
The Associated Press27 minutes ago
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen disembark the plane upon his arrival at Amman military airport, Jordan, Saturday, Jan 20, 2018. This is the second leg of his Middle East tour that will include Israel.  (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Pence meets Jordan king on trip clouded by Jerusalem moveThe United States' controversial shift to recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was expected to be front and center Sunday during Vice President Mike Pence's meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II
The Associated Press30 minutes ago
Black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Gunmen stormed the hotel in the Afghan capital on Saturday evening, triggering a shootout with security forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 6 deadTaliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital kills at least six people, including a foreigner, and pins security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker is killed
The Associated Press39 minutes ago
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, left, joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, center, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdownCongressional Democrats and Republicans are waiting for each other to blink over the government shutdown
The Associated Press52 minutes ago
Leslie Mann, left, and Judd Apatow arrive at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
'The Shape of Water' wins top Producers Guild AwardGuillermo del Toro's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" has won the top honor from the Producers Guild of America
The Associated Press55 minutes ago
United States Park Police officer Fernandez, right, inform tourist that the Statue of Liberty is closed, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations." Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essentialVisiting the Statue of Liberty deemed a non-essential service during government shutdown that splits the must-have and the can-waits
The Associated Press58 minutes ago
Security forces walk towards the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
The Latest: Afghan hotel attack ends, Taliban claimAn Afghan official says an assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has ended after more than 12 hours with all the attackers killed by security forces
The Associated Press1 hour ago
A protester carries a sign during a Women's March against sexual violence and the policies of the Trump administration Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Global female empowerment marches enter second dayDemonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched and chanted
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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  • Sterling man sentenced to 20 years for rape

    Marvin Otero, a 44-year-old Sterling resident, was sentenced to 20 years for one count of rape by Loudoun County Circuit Judge Gaylord L. Finch Jr. Wednesday, according to the Loudoun County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney. Loudoun Times, Fri, Jan 19 2018 @ 12:48 PM
  • Virginia prosecutor in Rose McGowan drug case recuses self

    A Virginia county prosecutor has recused himself from actress Rose McGowan's upcoming trial for felony possession of a controlled substance, citing conflict of interest. Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert tells WTOP-FM that Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman asked him to take over the case, as McGowan's attorney represents him in a federal civil rights case. The Guardian, Wed, Jan 17 2018 @ 08:53 AM
  • Amazon eyes North Virginia, Montgomery County for second headquarters

    Eastern Panhandle residents came a step closer Thursday to having more career options within commuting distance in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. Those two areas landed on a shortlist of 20 jurisdictions Amazon selected as finalists to possibly become home to a second headquarters for the Seattle-based online retailer. Martinsburg Journal, Sat, Jan 20 2018 @ 12:17 AM
  • Developer hopes revised proffers will encourage Caroline supervisors to approve rezoning request

    A developer who wants to build an industrial center on a parcel of land in Ladysmith hopes revised proffers will encourage Caroline supervisors to approve a rezoning request. The county planning commission voted in November against Airlee Development's proposal to rezone three parcels of land on U.S. 1 between Green Road and Lake Caroline Drive from rural preservation to industrial, citing concerns about increased traffic on U.S. 1, the impact to residents of nearby Lake Caroline and inconsistency with the county's comprehensive land-use plan. Fredericksburg.com, Fri, Jan 19 2018 @ 09:15 PM
  • Loudoun County supervisors narrowly approve True North data center

    Loudoun supervisors in a controversial vote Thursday rezoned 106 acres in the county's Transition Policy Area to make room for True North, a 760,000-square-foot data center, going against staff recommendations and, according to those opposed to the facility, setting a dangerous precedent. Loudoun Times, Thu, Jan 18 2018 @ 10:00 PM
  • Behavioral healthcare center worker charged in teen's death

    Authorities in Virginia say an employee at a behavioral healthcare center has been charged in connection with the death of a teenager who was a patient at the facility. A Loudoun County Sheriff's Office news release says 47-year-old William P. Herndon, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was indicted on Jan.11 on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the 15-year-old. The Republican, Wed, Jan 17 2018 @ 05:26 AM
  • FBI says accused Islamic State supporter also had child porn

    Federal agents who searched a Virginia man's electronic devices for ties to the Islamic State found child porn, according to court documents. Sean Andrew Duncan, a 21-year-old Muslim convert, moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, from Pennsylvania earlier this year. Stars and Stripes, Thu, Jan 18 2018 @ 09:14 AM
  • Virginia mail carrier wins $4 million

    A Loudoun County man has won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery's Hot Millions Multiplier game. Bill Malsch, a mail carrier who lives in Purcellville, has won that $4 million top prize, according to a statement released by the Virginia Lottery . WRIC-TV Richmond, Thu, Jan 18 2018 @ 05:23 PM
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