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Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, speaks with his grandson and bodyguard Raul Dominguez Castro Espin, during the start of two-day session of the legislature, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Legislators erupted in applause Wednesday morning as Castro entered the hall in a dark suit, accompanied by Miguel Diaz-Canel, his expected successor. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's presidentRaul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looks down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. The NBA is paying tribute to the wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Erin Popovich died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 67, the team said. Her death came after a long illness, the San Antonio Express-News reported. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
The Latest: Spurs GM says Popovich overwhelmed by supportThe latest on the San Antonio Spurs and coach Greg Popovich, whose wife died at 67
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This February 2018 image made available by NASA on Thursday, April 19, 2018 shows the Lagoon Nebula, about 4,000 light-years away from the Earth, with the star Herschel 36 at center. The young star, 200,000 times brighter than our Sun, is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out structures in the surrounding gas and dust. (NASA, ESA, STScI via AP)
Hubble's 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nurseryNASA marks Hubble Space Telescope's 28th launch anniversary with peek into a wild stellar nursery
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, earthmovers push mountains of garbage as seagulls fly over the country's largest landfill at Fyli on the outskirts of Athens. The British government is planning a consultation about a possible bill to end the use of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds - and is urging other Commonwealth nations to ban the practice as well.  Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday, April 19, 2018 that “plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.”  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)
UK mulls plan to ban plastic straws and cut wasteThe British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds _ and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit.
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at a news conference in Jefferson City, Mo., about allegations related to an extramarital affair with his hairdresser. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, he believes there's enough evidence to bring a criminal charge and pursue impeachment of Gov. Eric Greitens for allegedly using a charity donor list for political purposes.  (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
Judge sanctions prosecutors in Greitens caseA St. Louis judge has rejected a request from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to dismiss a felony criminal indictment, but sanctioned prosecutors for failing to turn over evidence as soon as they should have
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In this Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 photo, from left to right, brothers Francisco, 2, Tucker, 4, Luke, 6, Charlie, 8, Gabe, 11, Wesley, 9, Calvin, 13, Drew, 20, Tommy, 16, Zach, 22, Vinny, 15, and Ty Schwandt, 25, pose for a portrait at the Schwandt household in Grand Rapids, Mich. The only brother not pictured is Brandon, 18. The Schwandt family has 13 sons and have welcomed a 14th into the family. The couple's latest addition was born Wednesday evening, April 18 five days before the baby's expected due date. (Casey Sykes /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
It's (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14A Michigan couple with no daughters has welcomed the birth of their 14th son
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 8, 2018 file photo Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. For now, Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping Wimbledon the way Roger Federer has the French Open.  The two veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win this week’s Monte Carlo Masters to avoid losing his top ranking once again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)
Nadal advances at Monte Carlo as Djokovic goes outRafael Nadal remains on course to retain his Monte Carlo Masters title and won't have Novak Djokovic standing in his way
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After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding patternThe drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled
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US easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponryThe Trump administration is making it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments
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  • Loudoun County grand jury indicts Herndon man for involuntary manslaughter

    A Loudoun County grand jury has indicted a Herndon man on an aggravated involuntary manslaughter charge after a passenger in his vehicle died following an alcohol-related crash in Sterling. Loudoun Times, Tue, Apr 17 2018 @ 10:59 AM
  • Without paid maternity leave, Loudoun County teachers ...

    Christine Baranowski Swartz sits at home with her three boys Reeves, 3, Turner, 1 1/2, and Brennan, 5. She's had all three boys while employed with LCPS and had to use sick leave to have all her pay covered, sometimes only able to get partial coverage. Loudoun Times, Thu, Apr 19 2018 @ 09:53 AM
  • Loudoun Sheriff's Office searches for a 56-year-old Sterling man

    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing Sterling man who has a possible physical impairment from the Sterling area. Loudoun Times, Wed, Apr 18 2018 @ 08:43 PM
  • Loudoun County supervisor offers for county to retake management of Fireman's Field

    As public discussions continue regarding the new management of Purcellville's Fireman's Field, Loudoun County Supervisor Tony Buffington sent a letter on Monday to Purcellville town officials offering to resume the county's management of Fireman's Field. Loudoun Times, Wed, Apr 18 2018 @ 12:22 PM
  • Middleburg's Bataoel receives endorsements from Randall, Gooditis

    Middleburg mayoral candidate Vincent Bataoel announced Tuesday he has received endorsements for his campaign from Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall and Del. Loudoun Times, Wed, Apr 18 2018 @ 09:48 AM
  • Why a Handmade Wool Cape Costs $950

    Suppose a sheep farmer in Virginia dreams of making handmade wool garments in the United States. The reality: For a small operation, piecing together production can be harder than growing the wool. Washingtonian.com, Wed, Apr 18 2018 @ 08:48 AM
  • Va. assembly to decide on Metro taxes, veto overrides

    As Virginia's General Assembly meets for its annual reconvened session Wednesday, the proposal for new dedicated funding for Metro ranks among the key issues. The current bill provides $154 million more per year, mainly from money that today goes to Northern Virginia transportation projects, including, at times, Metro. WTOP-FM Washington, Wed, Apr 18 2018 @ 06:20 AM
  • Joe Hockey putts for power, going nine holes with Donald Trump

    When the going gets tough in the US capital, Donald Trump gets going to the greens of one of his private golf clubs - and, it turns out, phones an Australian friend to help keep spirits up. Joe Hockey may well have become the envy of Washington DC's diplomatic corps, getting a call-up to join the US President in a select foursome for much-needed fairway therapy at the end of another testing week in the White House. ABC News, Tue, Apr 17 2018 @ 09:08 PM
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