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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health careFormer President Barack Obama's health care law rewrote the rules for people buying their own health insurance, creating winners and losers
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4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trialThe federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?AP FACT CHECK: A look at White House assertions that immigration-enforcement agents had their hands tied in the last administration
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A picture of Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, is displayed while people sign condolences books at the Russian Mission to the U.N. in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The city medical examiner was expected to perform an autopsy Tuesday on Russia's ambassador to the U.N., who died a day earlier after falling ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
More tests needed on Russian UN ambassador's cause of deathNew York City's medical examiner's office says the cause and manner of death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations need to be studied further
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Lieutenant governor gets resignation letter _ from husbandNew Jersey's lieutenant governor has received a letter of resignation _ from her husband
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Wilfredo Mendoza, of Boston, left, and Christina Villafranca, of Malden, Mass., right, displays a placards during a rally called "We Will Persist," Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Boston. According to organizers the rally was held to send a message to Republicans in Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump that they will continue to press for immigration rights and continued affordable healthcare coverage. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rulesMillions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation - including people simply arrested for traffic violations - under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday
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FILE- In this June 12, 2012, file photo, George Washington's signature is seen as Chris Coover, senior specialist for Rare books & manuscripts at Christie's shows President George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of the first Congress (1789), containing the U.S. Constitution and the proposed Bill of Rights, during a media availability in Washington. Immigrants who want to become United States citizens must go through a long list of requirements, including passing a civics test. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Questions immigrants must answer to become citizensQuestions immigrants must answer to become citizens
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Maple tree sap drips from a tap into a bucket, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Brookline, N.H. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, led a discussion with maple syrup producers in New Hampshire about how climate change is impacting their industry. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming worldNew Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they're feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. In a letter, sent to the president by the Human Rights Campaign late Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, more than 780 parents stressed that "all students deserve equal access to a safe, welcoming school and a high quality education no matter who they are." (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelinesThe Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students
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  • new Costs to fix Metro could bog down budgets for schools, police

    Schools, roads, public safety and other key budget needs could be squeezed out by ballooning needs at Metro after years of neglect, Nothern Virginia leaders were warned Tuesday. New estimates put Loudoun County's total costs for fiscal year 2020 around $50.8 million, $31.5 million higher than the 2012 estimate used when the Board of Supervisors gave final approval to get the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. WTOP-FM Washington, Wed, Feb 15 2017 @ 06:38 AM
  • County declines to answer six questions related to Short Hill site

    How much power will the ATT Short Hill underground facility on Short Hill Mountain consume? Does the facility pose a fire risk to its neighbors and will the local fire department have access to the site in case of an emergency? Those questions and several others submitted by concerned western Loudoun residents living below the underground facility ... (more) Loudoun Times, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 02:46 PM
  • Nine stolen firearms found in burglary suspect's possession

    Theodore Roosevelt Bailey, 62, of Capitol Heights, Md., is linked to numerous residential burglaries in Fauquier and Loudoun counties, according to law enforcement. Fauquier.com, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 09:51 AM
  • Will reading teach teen vandals empathy?

    Amidst the chaos in Washington and the ricocheting anger around the country, the following item should supply most of us - book-lovers especially - with a level of comfort that is hard to come by these days. A Virginia judge recently ordered five vandals to read 35 books as a punishment for covering a historic African-American schoolhouse with racist, obscene and anti-Semitic graffiti. Tri-cityherald.com, Tue, Feb 21 2017 @ 05:03 AM
  • The cost of Facebook: Loudoun economic development dept. spends $20K per year on social media site

    Getting your message out in the cyber world can come with a steep price tag, and in Loudoun County, some local officials are no strangers to those costs. Loudoun Times, Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 11:25 AM
  • Wegmeyers, Fabbioli partner to produce first sparkling strawberry wine

    Thanks to a rainy spring and an overabundance of strawberries from last year's crop, a new agribusiness partnership between Fabbioli Cellars and Wegmeyer Farms will produce a batch of sparkling strawberry wine this year. Loudoun Times, Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 10:26 AM
  • Northern Va. commuters rate region low for traffic, but have hope

    Northern Virginia's transportation system is mediocre, according to the people who use it every day, and that's hurting their quality of life. A newly released survey conducted online in December for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority finds residents rate the system around a 6 out of 10. About seven out of 10 residents say the region is doing a mostly bad job on traffic flow and congestion, but a similar proportion say the region is doing a generally good job on transportation options and on transportation infrastructure. WTOP-FM Washington, Sun, Feb 19 2017 @ 04:24 AM
  • new Va. student charged with filming undressed classmates

    A student at Freedom High School in Chantilly, Virginia, is charged as a juvenile with five felonies after investigators say he recorded video of other students while they were undressed. The five counts of illegally filming people under the age of 18 include two cases of "upskirting," and more charges may be coming. WTOP-FM Washington, Fri, Feb 17 2017 @ 07:46 PM
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