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The undated screenshot of the webpage of shows the test flight of a pilot who has flown a huge Christmas Tree over Germany. Airbus spokesman Heiko Stolzke told news agency dpa Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 that the nearly 5½-hour flight the previous day was "a standard internal Airbus test flight before the delivery of a new aircraft. ( via AP)
This week in odd news: Fatberg on display and a 'java jam'This week in odd news: A C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer; Belly bump: Dad-to-be stages pregnancy photo shoot, shows belly; In a reverse-reality Christmas tale, a red-suited man on a sled pushes a deer to safety on an ice-covered pond in Oregon
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Foreign Minister and leader of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, Sebastian Kurz, left,  and Heinz-Christian Strache,  chairman of the right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, talk to press after talks with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen  at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Austrian coalition deal on new gov't presented to presidentThe leaders of conservative and nationalist parties in Austria have presented their coalition deal to the country's president for approval after concluding negotiations on forming a new government that will shift the country to the right
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Delegates arrive Saturday Dec. 16, 2017 at the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Johannesburg. The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma is set to begin as thousands of delegates of the ruling party gather to elect a new leader. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks offSouth Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off; delegates to elect Zuma successor
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Honor guard soldiers perform during the funeral ceremony in tribute to late Romanian King Michael in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Dec.16, 2017. Tens of thousands of Romanians joined the European royals on Saturday to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at the age of 96 in Switzerland this month. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Romanians, royals turn out in big numbers for king's funeralTens of thousands of Romanians joined members of Europe's royal families to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway
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Newly-elected president of the main opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi kisses his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi as former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, right, during a function at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalists. (AP Photo/Oinam Anand)
Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress partyRahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party
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Bavarian State Governor and Chairman of German Christian Social Union party, CSU, Horst Seehofer, gestures during his speech at a party convention of the German Christian Social Union party  in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Merkel's Bavarian ally re-elects Horst Seehofer as leaderGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only sister party has re-elected Horst Seehofer as its leader, but with his weakest support so far following a dismal performance in September's election
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Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel celebrates as she arrives in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Val d'Isere, France, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Lindsey Vonn powers to victory in World Cup super-G raceLindsey Vonn powers down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season
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FILE- In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Midland City, Ala.  Moore is telling supporters “the battle is not over” in Alabama’s Senate race as he asks for campaign donations and any reports of voting irregularities. Moore in a Friday, Dec. 15, fundraising email asked supporters to contribute to his “election integrity fund” and tell them of any problems at the polls. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Senate raceRepublican Roy Moore is telling supporters "the battle is not over" in Alabama's Senate race as he asks for campaign donations and any reports of voting irregularities
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This undated photo provided by Cal Fire shows Fire Apparatus Engineer Corey Iverson, right, with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter. Iverson, who worked for the department's San Diego Unit as a member of a fire strike team, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, while fighting a wildfire in southern California. (Cal Fire via AP)
Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fireThe fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft
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  • Victim identified in fatal Lovettsville fire

    The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office has identified the victim in Sunday's fatal fire in Lovettsville as 73-year-old Robert Steves. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 15 2017 @ 01:18 AM
  • Naked man is arrested near Dulles Airport after jumping on a vehicle

    A man was arrested in Virginia Tuesday after taking off his clothes and jumping on a vehicle near Dulles Airport, causing major delays during rush hour, police said. At around 3:30 p.m., officers responded to Route 28 and Frying Pan Road after a naked man was reported running in the area, Fairfax County Police said in a Twitter message. The Washington Post, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 09:34 PM
  • Loudoun Co. man indicted on murder charge in fathera s death, arson new

    A 20-year-old Loudoun County man has been indicted on seven counts, including first-degree murder, after prosecutors say he fatally shot his father over the summer and then set fire to the family home to conceal the crime. In addition to murder, Michael Bowles was charged Monday in connection to the July 25 death of his father, Mario, with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; shooting or stabbing in the commission of a felony; arson; concealing a dead body; maliciously shooting or throwing missiles; and the use of a sawed-off gun in a crime. WTOP-FM Washington, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 02:39 PM
  • Route 28 shut down, reports of naked man along highway

    There are reports of a naked man running around along or near Route 28 near the Loudoun County and Fairfax County line. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 04:23 PM
  • Ashburn man charged with second DUI in five years

    An Ashburn man was charged with his second DUI in five years following a traffic stop in the 43300 block of Junction Plaza early Tuesday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 02:07 PM
  • These U.S. counties rely on real estate tax breaks the most

    After House Republicans passed a bill in mid-November to overhaul the current tax code, the Senate followed with its own proposed legislation, which earlier this month was voted through after a flurry of last-minute amendments . Real estate professionals and industry associations have expressed concerns over how such reform, including changes to the mortgage interest tax break , real estate tax deduction and capital gains taxes , could hurt home values and the incentives to own a home . Inman Real Estate News, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 03:06 PM
  • Loudoun celebrates education excellence in 35th annual banquet

    Loudoun County School Board Chairman Jeff Morse addresses attendees of the 35th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet. Loudoun Times, Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 01:46 PM
  • Developer presents scaled-back plans for Blackthorne Inn property

    The head of the company seeking to transform the Blackthorne Inn just west of Upperville into a boutique hotel and event center met with representatives of state and Fauquier County agencies last week to offer a preview of changes he plans to make when a new proposal is submitted to the county's planning office., Tue, Dec 12 2017 @ 01:12 PM
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