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In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, photo, fourth-generation tobacco farmer Chris Haskins pauses as he works at his curing barns facility in Chatham, Va. Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia.  (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
US tobacco growers brace for tougher competitionEnd of tobacco quota buyout checks leave surviving growers exposed to free market economics
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Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock looking in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticismSouth Africa: Legal groups worried about harsh criticism of judge in Oscar Pistorius trial
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Minneosta Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks at a news conference at the team's training facility in Eden Prairie on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  The Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practice this week and play in Sunday's game at New Orleans despite having been indicted last week in Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.     (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)  MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT
Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse chargeVikings bring back RB Adrian Peterson despite child abuse charge, will play vs Saints
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FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets sank Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
World stocks sag ahead of Fed meetingWorld stock markets sag ahead of potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting, Scotland vote
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Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PMConfidence vote in French parliament hinges on stagnant economy, split within Socialists
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Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Eagles make right calls in 30-27 win over ColtsEagles make right calls to finish another remarkable 2nd half comeback with 30-27 win at Indy
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FILE -This is a Friday, May 16, 1987 file photo of  the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis as they wave to the audience after her speech at the Scottish Conservative conference  in Perth, Scotland. Thatcher has launched her general election campaign by promising more popular capitalism. With the Thursday Sept 18, 2014 referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory _ Scotland’s widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives’ drop in support in Scotland can be largely traced back to 1979, when Margaret Thatcher won the general election and began 18 years of Tory rule. Successive Conservative governments introduced policies to turn around Britain’s economic fortunes, to reduce the role of the state and allow private enterprise to flourish.  (AP Photo/John Redman, File)
Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaignScotland's widespread mistrust of Conservative Party could be swing factor in referendum
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A woman takes shelter under an umbrella from light drizzle on a foggy day as she walks across a street in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Scotland took long road to independence voteThe high road or the low road? Scotland took a long and winding path to independence vote
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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, during the Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctionsRussia's ruble drops to all-time low amid fears over fallout from economic sanctions
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  • Loudoun County drops gun charge against Severance

    Loudoun County prosecutors dropped a gun charge Monday against a man who faces multiple murder counts in Alexandria, clearing the way for him to be tried on the more serious charges. Charles Severance, 53, was transferred from Leesburg to Alexandria after Loudoun prosecutors dropped the gun charge against him during a hearing Monday morning. The Intelligencer, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 07:11 PM
  • Suspect transferred to Alexandria to face charges in 3 homicides

    A man charged with three homicides spanning more than 10 years in Alexandria was booked into the city's detention facility Monday in anticipation of his first court appearance in connection with the case Tuesday. Charles Severance was taken into custody in March on an unrelated weapons charge, but prosecutors announced last week that they would be charging him with three counts of murder, including the 2003 fatal shooting of the wife of the city's then sheriff. Washington Times, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 03:26 PM
  • Reston man sentenced for child sex assault

    A Reston basketball coach who pleaded no contest in June to sexually assaulting a minor, was sentenced in Loudoun County last week to 15 years in prison. Marlow Mikassas Afshartous, 40, who also goes by the name Marlow Talley, was arrested Aug. 3, 2013, and charged with sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. WTOP-FM Washington, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 09:30 AM
  • Loudoun Cares executive director resigns

    Andy Johnston, Loudoun Times-Mirror Citizen of the Year and executive director of Loudoun Cares, announced his resignation from his position with the Leesburg nonprofit on Monday. Loudoun Times, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 05:09 PM
  • Witnesses Sought in Sterling Auto Crash

    Loudoun County deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of W. Church Road and Waxpool Road at the ramp for Rt. 28 northbound Friday evening for an auto crash. Patch.com, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 04:12 PM
  • Veterans outreach program planned for Virginia

    Loudoun County's first "Salute to Military, Veterans and Families" event is Sept. 27 in Ashburn, Va. American Legion Magazine, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 02:43 PM
  • Loudoun honors African American Civil War veterans

    More than 300 Loudoun County officials, civic leaders, veterans and residents gathered Sept. 6 to honor the service and sacrifice of the county's African American Civil War veterans at a historic ceremony in Leesburg. The Washington Post, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 11:03 AM
  • Alexandria Circuit Court Judges Recuse Themselves from Charles Severance Case

    All three of Alexandria's Circuit Court judges are recusing themselves from the Charles Severance case, according to a report by FOX-DC. Severance was charged last week in the murders of three prominent Alexandrians. Patch.com, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 12:48 AM
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