Mexican state police stand guard at the entrance of Rancho del Sol, near Vista Hermosa, Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015. About 40 people were killed Friday in what authorities described as a large-scale shootout between law enforcement and criminal suspects. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said a Federal Police official. The confrontation, which occurred near the border of Michoacan and Jalisco states, started when federal police officers tried to pull over a truck on the highway near the ranch. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
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This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint.  Authorities have arrested Wint, an ex-convict who was accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Members of a fugitive task force arrested Wint, 34, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, about a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion set on fire.  (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
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FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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FILE - This Jan. 4, 2008 file photo shows bank workers handling Venezuela's currency, the "Bolivar Fuerte," or Strong Bolivar, at the Central Bank in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelans are expressing disbelief as the country’s currency has lost a quarter of its value on the black market in the space of a week in 2015, between May 14 and 22. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., plays piano in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Alexander, who had the piano delivered to his Capitol Hill office so he could practice, is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi River with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Saturday. But the Senate’s slow-motion amble toward Memorial Day break threatens all that. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. is surrounded by reporters as he walks to a luncheon with other Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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A member of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Tactical Rescue Team rescues a naked man on top of a raised drawbridge on Friday, May 22, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   Witnesses said the unidentified man was swimming in the river earlier and was walking across the railroad bridge Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top.   (Michael Clary/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)  MAGS OUT
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A pelican is seen floating in the water near an oil-contaminated patch of seaweed at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Friday, May 22, 2015. Officials say the sheen of oil is now thinner than a coat of paint and is becoming harder to skim from choppy, wind-driven waters. A state parks official says Refugio and El Capitan state beaches and campgrounds will be closed until June 4. That's a week longer than originally announced. The spill from the May 19 break now covers nearly 10 square miles.  (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)
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In this image made from Thursday, May 21, 2015 security camera video and released by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, two men leave a Safeway store in Olympia, Wash. An Olympia police officer responded around 1 a.m. Thursday to a 911 call from the store and reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard before shooting and wounding Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson near the store. (Thurston County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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  • Quarry Blast Damages Homes, Cars

    Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey was the first reporter on the scene after problems with a quarry blast sent rocks and boulders flying into neighboring homes and businesses. A blast at a Loudoun County, Virginia, quarry sent rocks and debris smashing into nearby homes and cars, leaving one person injured Thursday morning. NBC Los Angeles, Fri, May 22 2015 @ 02:00 PM
  • Sterling Man Scares Away Burglary Suspect

    In getting up before sunrise Friday, a Sterling man spotted someone who appeared to be a burglar on his back deck, but the individual disappeared before Loudoun sheriff's deputies arrived. The resident told the deputies that he woke up at 2:50 a.m. and went to the kitchen of his home, in the 21700 block of Canfield Terrace, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Patch.com, Fri, May 22 2015 @ 05:20 PM
  • Fairfax County teachers get tiny raise

    The Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016 on Thursday, which will allow for small pay increases for all employees. The raises - though very small at 0.62 percent - are still bigger than FCPS has been able to give in recent years. WTOP-FM Washington, Fri, May 22 2015 @ 11:16 AM
  • Blast rocks Loudoun quarry neighborhood, 36 hours after major meeting on quarry's redevelopment

    A Thursday morning blast at the Loudoun County quarry that would be Waterside sent rock flying into the neighborhood directly to the north of the operation, injuring one and damaging property. Business Journal, Thu, May 21 2015 @ 10:49 PM
  • Virginia Counties Near D.C. Fuel Population Gain

    RICHMOND, Va. - U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Virginia show healthy population increases last year in counties near the nation's capital and in nearly all of the state's largest cities. CBS Local, Thu, May 21 2015 @ 08:53 PM
  • Quarry blast in Sterling damages homes, cars; injures one

    Update: 4:28 p.m. The manager of NAPA Auto Parts in Sterling said two rocks from a blasting incident at Loudoun Quarries this morning damaged the store's window and a car in the parking lot, among other damages caused by the blast. Loudoun Times, Thu, May 21 2015 @ 07:57 PM
  • Was that a meteor shower this morning in Northern Virginia?

    This is a meteor glowing as it enters the Earth's atmosphere. Rocks that fell on a home and cars in Sterling, Va. The Washington Post, Thu, May 21 2015 @ 07:21 PM
  • Missing Teen Located Safe and Sound

    A teenager with autism who was reported missing today has been located safe and sound, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The 14-year-old was last seen at around noon in the area of Potomac Falls High School along Algonkian Parkway in Sterling. Patch.com, Thu, May 21 2015 @ 06:46 PM
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