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Lawmakers weigh whether 'iGaming' should be gambling's next move in Maryland

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The gambling boom is growing — and its next move could put poker chips in Marylanders’ pockets.

Just over a year after online sports betting became legal in the state, two bills in the General Assembly seek to give voters the option to legalize internet gaming, which is gambling via online slot machines, blackjack, poker and other casino ...Read more

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Baltimore City Schools approves $6M for weapons detection systems

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The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners unanimously approved $6 million on Tuesday night to install weapons detection systems at 26 high schools.

The board did not engage in any public discussion about the system at the meeting and approved the funding in a single vote, along with eight other agenda items.

According to board documents...Read more

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Public school students outperformed tax credit scholarship recipients at private schools, report says

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Elementary students who received scholarships through Illinois’ controversial Invest in Kids tax credit program lagged in reading and math proficiency, on state standardized tests, compared to public school students, according to a new report submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday.

Conducted by the nonprofit research agency...Read more

Capitol Police hires prosecutor to tackle lawmaker threats

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A lawyer who worked on a high-profile murder case against former prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh will soon work to prosecute people who threaten members of Congress.

Johnny James will start March 11 as a federal prosecutor based in San Jose, Calif., in connection with the Capitol Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the ...Read more

More than 100K Michigan voters pick ‘uncommitted’ over Biden − does that matter for November?

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Joe Biden won the 2024 Michigan Democratic primary, but “uncomitted” ran a spirited campaign.

More than 100,000 Michiganders voted “uncommitted” in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, 13% of the Democratic electorate.

Listen to Michigan organized the uncommitted campaign in Michigan, promoting it as a way to express ...Read more

She got 25 years to life for tossing son four floors. Court says probation should be considered

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LOS ANGELES — An Orange County woman wrapped her 7-month-old son in a white blanket, removed the helmet that was used to treat a medical condition, and placed him at the edge of the wall atop a fourth-floor parking structure adjacent to a children's hospital.

Then she pushed.

The child — named Noe Medina Jr., after the father who feared ...Read more

Biden cracks down on personal data sales to China, Russia

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday will announce an executive order to protect sensitive personal data from falling into the hands of China, Russia and other “countries of concern.”

The order, which will require the Justice Department to draw up rules aimed at cracking down on the transfer of personal and government-related data, arrives as ...Read more

A new space mission: Astrobotic eyes an expansion of its North Side headquarters

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Astrobotic Technology's latest space-related venture won't take it far from home.

The lunar tech company is pitching a plan to build a new four-story facility next to its North Side headquarters on North Lincoln Avenue as part of a bid to "establish a new space campus for Pennsylvania."

Astrobotic outlined the basics of the proposed ...Read more

Washington State announce new investments to help asylum-seekers

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SEATTLE — King County and the city of Tukwila announced two new separate investments Tuesday to assist asylum-seekers living in the region in need of shelter and support.

King County announced a one-time $1 million grant to South King County nonprofits that provide temporary housing, food, support, and legal services to families and ...Read more

Nigeria’s security problems deepen as Anglophone insurgency in Cameroon spills across border

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Over the past two decades, Nigeria has grappled with multiple and complex national security threats, each posing a significant challenge to its stability.

The nation finds itself fighting a violent militancy in the Niger Delta, conflicts between farmers and herders across multiple regions, terrorism and insurgency in the northeast, ...Read more

California welcomes even the most last-minute leap day weddings

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LOS ANGELES — Orange County loves love and wants couples who are looking to take the matrimonial leap to stop by the courthouse Thursday — leap day, that special date that only arrives once every four years.

Newlyweds-to-be are encouraged to make an appointment first — but walk-ins are also welcome.

The Orange County clerk-recorder's ...Read more

Navalny funeral to be held Friday in Moscow challenge to Putin

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Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who died in prison earlier this month, will be buried on Friday in Moscow, his allies said, after previously accusing authorities of trying to interfere with the activist’s funeral.

Navalny will be buried in the city’s Borisov cemetery following a funeral service at a church in the Marino ...Read more

How media coverage of presidential primaries fails voters and has helped Trump

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It’s common to hear Americans complain about the media throughout presidential elections. Partisans tend to believe the press is biased against their side. These perceptions may lead people to believe the media can affect how people vote.

Political scientists have found some evidence that media bias can push people to vote for ...Read more

GOP primary elections use flawed math to pick nominees

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Republicans around the country are picking a nominee to run for president. However, their process – designed and run by the party, not government officials – is a mess of flawed mathematics that can end up delivering a result that’s in conflict with the person most voters actually support.

As a mathematics professor and co-...Read more

The true cost of food is far higher than what you spend at the checkout counter

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After several years of pandemic-driven price spikes at the grocery store, retail food price inflation is slowing down. That’s good news for consumers, especially those in low-income households, who spend a proportionally larger share of their income on food.

But there’s more to the cost of food than what we pay at the store. ...Read more

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California Gov. Newsom wants voters to approve billions more to help the homeless. Will it help?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters will decide March 5 whether to pump billions more dollars into combating the nation’s worst homelessness crisis, an investment Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom argues will finally provide the housing and treatment so badly needed by tens of thousands of homeless people.

Newsom is spearheading Proposition 1...Read more

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CBD could be banned in Florida if hemp bill passes, advocates warn

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ORLANDO, Fla. — CBD, a medication used by millions of Americans to battle a variety of illnesses and anxiety, could be banned entirely in Florida because of a bill that seeks to outlaw synthetic chemicals in hemp that can induce euphoria.

Paige Figi, considered the “mother of CBD” in the U.S. because of her crusade to legalize what became...Read more

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LA County watchdog urges disbanding of sheriff's 'aggressive' Risk Management Bureau

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LOS ANGELES — Oversight officials this month urged the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to disband a specialized bureau they say is silencing whistleblowers, protecting favored employees and downplaying misconduct in the upper ranks.

The job of the 83-person Risk Management Bureau is to help the Sheriff's Department minimize its ...Read more

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More places install drop-off boxes for surrendered babies. Critics say they're a gimmick.

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The pitch feels noble, visceral: Prevent newborns from being discarded in dumpsters, and do it in a way that shields the mother and protects her anonymity while safeguarding the baby’s health and future.

In a growing number of states, the answer to the rare occurrence of illegal infant abandonment is a baby drop-off box. It’s an infant ...Read more

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If you're poor, fertility treatment can be out of reach

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Mary Delgado’s first pregnancy went according to plan, but when she tried to get pregnant again seven years later, nothing happened. After 10 months, Delgado, now 34, and her partner, Joaquin Rodriguez, went to see an OB-GYN. Tests showed she had endometriosis, which was interfering with conception. Delgado’s only option, the doctor said, ...Read more