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  • No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia headlines week ahead in ACC

    A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia. The Cavaliers (19-0, 7-0) are one of the nation’s last two…

  • Teen who demanded airtime on Dutch TV in police custody

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime was in custody Friday as police investigated his motives. Prosecutors and…

  • Public meeting held on widening I-66, adding tolls

    FAIRFAX, Va. — At a meeting Thursday at the Virginia Department of Transportation headquarters, dozens of residents came out to give their opinion on whether to add a new lane, and tolls, to Interstate 66.…

  • Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s military has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel. The UH-1 “Huey” chopper crashed in farmland on Wednesday soon after taking off from Ho Chi…

  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest…

  • Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

    BEIJING (AP) — Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don’t want to start…

  • South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Eugene de Kock, a death squad leader for the apartheid state, has been granted parole after two decades in jail, the South African government announced Friday. The time and place of de…

  • The nation’s weather

    Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, January 30, 2015 A complex weather pattern will set up over the Southwest on Friday, while an area of low pressure will slide across the Northeast. A trough of low…

  • Spain’s economy grows 1.4 pct in 2014 as recession fades

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s economy grew by 1.4 percent in 2014, ending a five-year run of negative or flat figures and providing further evidence that the country is recovering from a crippling double-dip recession. The…

  • Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar’s business ties to Europe and intensifying…

  • Germany sees first increase in beer sales since 2006

    BERLIN (AP) — The Federal Statistical Office says German breweries saw their first increase in sales volume in 2014 after seven years of declines. The office said Friday that overall sales of German beer in…

  • Economic woes force Russia’s Olympic hopefuls to stay home

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia deputy sports minister Yuri Nagornykh says his country’s economic crisis is forcing athletes to scale back their training plans for next year’s Olympics in Brazil. Training camps abroad can be crucial…

  • Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria. Police searched 22 homes mostly in northeastern Belgium early Friday…

  • Vinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl

    PHOENIX (AP) — One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine…

  • What to watch at Aussie Open Saturday: No 1 vs No 2

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It’s been five years since Serena Williams won the last of her five Australian Open singles titles. Maria Sharapova’s one and only trophy at Melbourne Park came in 2008 when she…