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This Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 image shows Ngwe Thein, 42, who has been living on an island near Benjina, Indonesia for three years, after being forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay, he said. In the wake of an AP report on  fishermen who were enslaved, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Thai lawmakers voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country's anti-human trafficking law, including the death penalty. But in a Thursday email, Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division said, "The Thailand government has made repeated verbal commitments to get tough with traffickers but every time real follow-up has been lacking." In the meantime, Thein is one of the thousands of men who are waiting. (AP Photo/APTN, Esther Htusan)
About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islandsAbout 4,000 men once forced to fish now stranded on Indonesian islands, some after boat ban
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A double rainbow forms over Italy's highest court building, in Rome, Friday, March 27, 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all'Finished': Top Italian court finds Knox and ex-beau innocent of British roommate's murder
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Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court sagaAmanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction
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Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attends a news conference in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled on Saturday, March 28. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission2 Russians, 1 American board space station; 2 to spend a year away from Earth
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Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helpedNurse reunited with badly injured Afghan children she helped bring to US for care
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Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao ForumChinese president promotes strong Asian cooperation for economy, stability at Boao Forum
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana officials look to stem religious objections falloutProtests over Indiana's new religious objections law has local leaders trying to stem fallout
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North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell directs her team against South Carolina in the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAsMitchell's late basket helps South Carolina hold off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAA Sweet 16
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2010, file photo, former West Virginia player Rod Hundley acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number, at West Virginia's basketball game against Ohio State  in Morgantown, W.Va. Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area. (AP Photo/David Smith, File)
Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, diesHot Rod Hundley, former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games for 35 years, dies at 80
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  • Fight over teacher data in Va. continues

    State education officials are slated to head back to court in a fight to keep teacher evaluation data out of public hands in the midst of a Loudoun County father's fight to obtain the information. Kindergarten students at Guilford Elementary school, listen to music teacher Melinda Windsor on Feb. 6, 2015. The Washington Post, Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 07:42 PM
  • Stone Ridge man charged with assaulting Loudoun deputy

    A Stone Ridge man was arrested Wednesday for assaulting a Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputy. Loudoun Times, Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 11:24 AM
  • Blaze in Abandoned House Caused By Arson

    The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office has determined that a fire on Tuesday that destroyed an abandoned house in Leesburg was caused by arson, county officials said in a statement. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries in the blaze, which caused $280,000 in damage, according to the fire marshal. Patch.com, Thu, Mar 26 2015 @ 11:09 PM
  • Going Out Tonight? Police Are Setting Up Sobriety Checkpoint

    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. "In the past several years, DUI arrests and DUI-related crashes have steadily declined through the efforts of local, regional and national educational and enforcement campaigns to curb drunk driving," Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a statement. "In Loudoun County, DUI-related arrests declined 12.6 percent between 2010 and 2013, a trend similar to the 17.2 percent decline in DUI arrests observed by law enforcement agencies throughout the country," he added. Patch.com, Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 11:34 PM
  • Cat Abandoned in Sterling Parking Lot

    The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services is seeking information regarding the identity of a woman who may have information regarding the possible abandonment of a cat in a parking lot in Sterling. Animal Services received a complaint on Wednesday afternoon from the Walmart at 45415 Dulles Crossing Plaza, near the Dulles Town Center, regarding an abandoned cat. Patch.com, Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 03:54 PM
  • Sexual abuse investigation at controversial Loudoun County church

    Authorities are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a Loudoun County church which has previously been criticized for its financial practices and its control over members' lives. No charges have been filed against anyone associated with Calvary Temple in Sterling. The Washington Post, Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 10:29 AM
  • Whata ll it be, Mr. Chairman?; Buddy Rizer chases the green; more ...

    That's how much coin the would-be Loudoun Hounds professional baseball organization had in its bank account at the close of 2014, according to court documents from the ongoing legal dispute between the management of the Hounds and the developers of One Loudoun. Loudoun Times, Thu, Mar 26 2015 @ 09:23 PM
  • Gov. McAuliffe vetoes 6 redistricting bills

    Speaking on 1140AM WRVA, McAuliffe questioned the constitutionality of the bills, which sought to adjust the lines for about 20 legislative districts in seven counties. SB 1084, affecting Senate Districts 13 and 33 and House Districts 10, 32, 33, 67 and 87 in Loudoun County HB 1332, affecting House Districts 5 and 6 in Smyth County and House Districts 42 and 43 in Fairfax County McAuliffe said that under the Virginia Constitution, the General Assembly is supposed to redraw electoral districts once every 10 years - after the decennial census. WTVR Richmond, Thu, Mar 26 2015 @ 06:57 PM
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