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The U.S. will dispatch a team to the United Nations' annual climate change gathering in Madrid that will mirror the delegation at last year's summit, according to the State Department, signaling that the group will probably consist of career diplomats and lower-ranking officials. The delegation will engage in negotiations to protect U.S. interests and ensure a level playing field for U.S. businesses, the agency said.

Last year's U.S. representatives were led by Judith Garber, who was at the time a principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The U.S. has developed a reputation in recent years of offering the contrarian view at the climate summit. In 2017, it promoted a controversial discussion on "clean coal" as others were focused on putting an end to the use of the fossil fuel.

--Bloomberg News

Trial to determine sanity for Capital Gazette gunman rescheduled for March

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Anne Arundel County Judge Laura Ripken has set a new date for the trial to determine whether the Capital Gazette shooter was sane at the time of the mass shooting, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

Slated to begin March 4, the trial to determine whether the Laurel man convicted of murdering Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters will serve his time in state prison or be committed to a psychiatric hospital is expected to last 13 days, said Nadine Maeser, spokeswoman for the judiciary.

 

The new trial date comes after attorneys for Jarrod Ramos asked for a postponement on Oct. 30 as they were to begin selecting a jury to decide their client's fate.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs granted Ramos a delay, agreeing that his attorneys needed time to review recently disclosed records, two days after the 39-year-old pleaded guilty to the 23 charges he faced, including five counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of first-degree assault and 11 counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

--The Capital Gazette

Space Coast's launch dry spell is ending: SpaceX sending its Starlink satellites to orbit

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