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  • Fairfax Co. Schools budget standoff only just starting

    WASHINGTON — The Fairfax County School Board approved a 2015-2016 budget Thursday night that includes later school start times, and a smaller-than-hoped-for raise for some employees, but the board is already raising concerns about the…

  • What will get Europe’s economy rolling again?

    SINTRA, Portugal (AP) — What’s behind Europe’s sluggish recovery and high jobless rate? What can central banks and governments do to get things going? The European Central Bank convened some of the world’s most prominent…

  • After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of…

  • NHL Calendar

    May 31-June 6 — Pre-draft rookie combine, Buffalo, N.Y. June 17 — Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals. June 24 — NHL Awards, Las Vegas. June 26-27 — NHL draft, Sunrise, Fla. July 1…

  • ‘The 6 Million Dollar Dog': St. John’s unofficial mascot

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Taylor Waters never thought dog sitter would be in her job description as the director of student services. In fact, until a certain Parson Russell terrier entered the landscape, she didn’t…

  • UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to…

  • ‘I Bleed Baltimore': Shirts become about more than sports

    BALTIMORE (AP) — After the protest and riots that followed Freddie Gray’s death last month, the T-shirts seemed to be everywhere: in the protesting crowds, on from the sidewalks of West Baltimore, and on cable…

  • Vermont town’s famous floating bridge reopens with fanfare

    BROOKFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A tiny Vermont town’s famous wooden floating bridge — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country — has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend with…

  • Juvenile burglary ring busted in Spotsylvania

    WASHINGTON — A band of teenage bandits have been caught in a series of Spotsylvania County, Va., break-ins. The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven juveniles connected to more than 20 vehicle and home burglaries from…

  • UN envoy: IS poised to become ‘serious threat’ in Libya

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations envoy on Libya says that Islamic State extremists can “become a very serious threat” in the country within months if rival governments fail to reach a unity…

  • 6 missing after fire at guesthouse in southern Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Six people are missing and feared dead after a fire at a guesthouse in southern Germany, police said Saturday. The men were on a company trip with dozens of colleagues when the…

  • 95th time lucky for University of Tokyo baseball team

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese university baseball team has finally ended its 94-game losing streak, winning Saturday for the first time in five years. The University of Tokyo beat Hosei University 6-4 at Tokyo’s Jingu…

  • Congo electoral commission updates voter list

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s national electoral commission says it has updated the country’s electoral list to reassure voters ahead of local and provincial elections this year. Flavien Misoni, executive secretary of the Independent National…

  • Dog stuck with a problem, solves on his own

    WASHINGTON — Ingenuity. That’s what this dog Theo was able to employ in order to get a lovely stick he found during a walk in the woods over a narrow bridge. The video of Theo…

  • Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg

    MONACO (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start from second as he…