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A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage across the island.

A group of anxious mayors arrived in the capital to meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello to present a long list of…

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President Donald Trump made a pre-empitve strike on Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday morning, withdrawing an invitation not yet made for the NBA champions to visit the White House.

Trump tweeted his displeasure with Curry and the rest of the Warriors after reports that the…

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Gov. Larry Hogan has moved one of the two Cabinet secretaries who have been serving without a salary because of a turf battle between him and the General Assembly into a position where her pay will be restored.

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday that Planning Secretary Wendi Peters, whose pay…

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An Anne Arundel County judge cut roughly $1 million from damages awarded a Glen Burnie family whose dog was shot by a county police officer.

The decision by Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks Friday afternoon reduced the $1.26M awarded in the death of a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Vernon to $207,000….

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What the future looks like for the new-home market, mortgage rates, and overall home sales activity, according to Freddie Mac’s Outlook…

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Here are four ways to coordinate your marketing channels to best communicate with prospects or keep in touch with past clients.

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Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods.

The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication…

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Dulaney High School’s main athletic field will be closed for several weeks to allow an underground wire to be unearthed, after a staff member felt an electric current running through a nearby fence last week, officials said.

The damaged wiring that electrified the fence was fixed last weekend,…

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Sustainability is proving to be a big draw in the multifamily sector.

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Home prices are showing signs of easing and could offer a better opportunity for home buyers to jump in.

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Rescuers found a surviving child on Wednesday in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to try to save people trapped in debris under schools, homes and businesses toppled by the quake that killed at least 225 people.

Helmeted…

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The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years tore off roofs and doors, unleashed heavy flooding and brought down cell towers and power lines Wednesday in an onslaught that could deepen the island’s financial crisis.

Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean,…

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“Steady employment gains, slowly rising incomes, and lower mortgage rates generated sustained buyer interest all summer long, but…

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Higher interest rates and back-to-back major hurricanes are taking a toll on loan demand.

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President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North…

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Gov. Larry Hogan urged Congress Tuesday to reject the latest version of a Senate Republican plan to repeal Ocamacare, saying it would cost Maryland $2 billion a year.

Hogan, a Republican, has so far opposed all of the measures supported by President Donald J. Trump to scrap the Affordable Care…

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Real estate associations and firms are rushing to help thousands of displaced hurricane victims find temporary housing in the…

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More and more single women are entering the real estate market. Find out where they’re buying.

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Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died Monday in the Dominican Republic from injuries sustained in a Saturday car accident, the team announced.

“Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez,” executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a statement. “Miguel…

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A strengthening Hurricane Maria is approaching Caribbean islands still recovering from Hurricane Irma, while Hurricane Jose passes just off of Maryland’s Atlantic coast, bringing dangerous surf.

Late Monday morning, only a day after reaching hurricane force, Maria became the fourth major storm to…

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Most properties in Irma’s path weathered the storm with only minor damage, showing the effectiveness of the state’s stricter building…

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Young adults carry an average student debt load of $41,200—higher than their average annual income of $38,800, according to a new NAR study…

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An NFL promotion offering free DNA test kits to Ravens fans will be postponed for later this season, biotech company Orig3n announced Sunday.

Fans would have been offered the kits for DNA Day at M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens home opener against the Cleveland Browns. But Boston-based firm Orig3n,…

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President Donald Trump skipped town for the weekend, but that didn’t stop demonstrators from making him the focus of competing rallies in the nation’s capital that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.

Kicking off a Saturday of diverse demonstrations, about two dozen protesters…

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Two weeks ago, a tow-truck driver, apparently concerned about the city’s recently deployed speed cameras, asked if I knew of any along Northern Parkway. I said I did not. “All these homicides in Baltimore,” he groused, “and all they care about is money from speeding tickets.”

“Is that right?” I…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he will personally lobby Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to build the company’s massive new headquarters in Baltimore.

Hogan said he believes pitching Port Covington is the state’s best bet to win the sprawling new Amazon campus that the company promised will bring 50,000 jobs…

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Hundreds of British police embarked on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour.

The explosion — labeled a terrorist attack by police — wounded 29 people and ignited a panicked stampede to safety. Experts…

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Pam Patenaude, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, has a “big task ahead” at a critical point for housing, says NAR President…

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NAR testifies on Capitol Hill that current ideas of how to reform the tax code would raise taxes for millions of middle-class homeowners and…

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was “fairly close” to a deal with congressional leaders to preserve protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living illegally in America and declared that Republican leaders were “very much on board.”

But Trump, speaking to reporters before…

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Former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, a former federal and state prosecutor, is entering next year’s race for Baltimore state’s attorney.

Vignarajah, 40, filed fundraising paperwork earlier this month and launched a website Thursday. In a statement, he vowed to lead the “most…

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Houston’s catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey doesn’t appear to be a deterrent for the area’s housing demand.

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Desperate buyers are offering more than $200,000 and in some cases nearly $800,000 above the list price to get the home they want.

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Mayor Catherine Pugh was disappointed by the vandalism of the Francis Scott Key monument in Baltimore on Wednesday — and has no plans to remove the monument from Eutaw Place, a spokesman said.

Exactly 203 years after the attorney penned the poem that would later become the national anthem, the city…

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Mayor Catherine Pugh has given Baltimore’s new Bloomberg-funded “Innovation Team” its first assignment: Figure out how to recruit more police and retain them.

Dan Hymowitz, director of the the Mayor’s Office of Innovation, said his four-person team will spend at least six months delving into the…

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Prepare your sellers for the reality of an accepted offer and what happens next if another buyer becomes interested.

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A growing number of renters is sparking an entire community of 250 single-family detached homes for lease.

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Thomas Awiapo, a native of Ghana orphaned as a boy, survived childhood famine because of U.S. foreign aid, and he tells us his heartbreaking story of survival. …read more



Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys’ farthest reaches Tuesday, while crews labored to repair the single washed-out highway connecting the islands and rush aid to Hurricane Irma’s victims. Federal officials estimated one-quarter of all homes in the Keys were destroyed.

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You’ve probably heard the phrase a million times. But what do we really mean when we say a house has great bones?

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Some hope changing laws to allow more homeowners to build accessory dwelling units will increase property values and alleviate housing shortages…

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Trials for the five officers facing internal discipline by the Baltimore Police Department in connection with the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in 2015 have been scheduled, according to the department’s online trial board schedule and a police union attorney.

The trial of Officer…

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Leading his first commemoration of the solemn 9/11 anniversary, President Donald Trump said Monday that “the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief” for each of the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost on that day 16 years ago.

Addressing an audience at the Pentagon, one of three sites…

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A new survey suggests that homeowners who have decided to stay put in their current properties may soon be ready for a move.

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Property values are rising in areas where immigrants settle, a new analysis shows.

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Government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed at least 37 people here, even as officials on Sunday raised the nationwide death toll to 90.

Some people continued to sleep…

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Slammed in the gut by a wrecking ball, the construction worker arrived at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in dire condition years ago.

Doctors removed his devastated liver but he died before being matched with a new one, frustrating staff that longed for something to temporarily maintain…

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The outer bands of Hurricane Irma, weakened by a blow to Cuba but still a life-threatening major storm, reached the Florida Keys on Saturday as fears of devastation shifted from metropolitan Miami to another vulnerable population center around Tampa Bay.

There has been a drumbeat of calls to evacuate…

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Amid the sounds of snare drums, saxophones and sobbing, Mexicans on Saturday began mourning some of the 66 dead after a one-two punch from a monster earthquake and a Gulf coast hurricane.

Hardest hit was Juchitan, a Oaxaca state city where 36 people died when the magnitude 8.1 quake toppled buildings.

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After considering Camden Yards as a site for next week’s New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays series as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, Major League Baseball has decided to move the series to Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, according to an industry source.

Moving the three-game series…

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Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation’s borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who hissed and booed senior administration officials dispatched to Capitol Hill to defend it.

The House…

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The state association is providing its members a detailed preparation plan as the storm eyes a direct hit on Miami by Sunday.

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For the third consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to a new year-to-date low.

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Faced with the looming threat of dual disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has ramped up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered Texas.

It was a one-two punch of powerful storms…

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Del. Mary Washington will challenge Baltimore Sen. Joan Carter Conway for the Democratic nomination next year, putting yet another senior city lawmaker’s seat in play.

Washington, 55, said Thursday she filed this week to run in the June 26, 2018 primary for the 43rd District Senate seat. The two-term…

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Just giving up your morning latte may save you up to $1,300 per year. NAR offers some simple ways to save for a down payment.

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Many of your clients are misguided about the principles of setting their asking price. Here’s what they should be aware of.

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As Hurricane Irma tears through the northern Caribbean Sea, long-term models suggest the storm could bring significant rainfall and damaging winds into the eastern United States early next week.

While meteorologists’ immediate focus is on Irma’s life-threatening winds and storm surge, they are…

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The Board of Public Works approved $63 million in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday after dropping a plan to reduce aid to local governments by $6 million.

Hogan, a Republican, won the votes of the two Democrats on the board, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp….

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Mortgage application volume reversed course in the latest week and pushed higher as refinancers and home buyers took advantage of another drop in…

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Hurricane Irma, now one of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record, is targeting the Leeward Islands and Florida, but whether it tracks up the East Coast next week depends on its speed and interactions with two other weather systems.

Irma had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph — the equivalent…

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Former President Barack Obama called President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the so-called DACA program “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it’s rescinding the program…

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Crystal McDowell told her boyfriend she was fleeing Houston ahead of Hurricane Harvey, but no one has heard from the real estate agent since Aug….

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The stay-put mindset is leaving fewer homes available for sale and prompting home prices to surge due to the short supplies.

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Rescue crews were searching the Inner Harbor near Fells Point Monday after a report that someone might have fallen into the water.

Baltimore police Det. Niki Fennoy said the department dive team and rescuers from the Baltimore Fire Department were dispatched to Pier B at 2001 Aliceanna St. at 10:45…

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A Baltimore man was killed and two other people were injured Sunday when two cars collided at a Columbia intersection, police said.

Shuo Zhang, 55, of Baltimore was driving a 2009 Honda Civic east on Route 175 at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when it collided with a 1995 Toyota Camry heading south on Dobbin…

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The Ravens weren’t awarded any waiver claims Sunday and they also watched three players that the organization hoped to bring back on its practice squad get plucked by other teams.

Quarterback Josh Woodrum, one of the team’s preseason standouts, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns. The former Liberty…

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President Donald Trump signaled Sunday that he was not ruling out a retaliatory strike against North Korea in response to the isolated country’s overnight nuclear test, which he called “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

Asked as he left church services whether he was planning to…

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For all the talk of change in Washington, lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week in a familiar position: up against a series of difficult deadlines to keep the government open and raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

But, for once, that effort may be taking on an unusual air of bipartisanship.

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Nobody asked me, but, while Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore state’s attorney, wants everyone to understand that there’s no “overnight solution” to the city’s violence, she offered no such understanding for her predecessor.

Starting with her campaign announcement in June 2013, Mosby blamed Greg Bernstein…

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Hurricane Irma is forecast to remain powerful as it churns through the Atlantic Ocean over the next several days, prompting calls to prepare for the worst, but it’s still too early to know where or even if it will hit land.

Concern is heightened because of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating floods…

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We already know Hurricane Harvey dropped enough rain to fill the Chesapeake Bay. Now one researcher has calculated that it dropped at least 30 inches of rain across an area the size of Maryland.

Shane Hubbard, a postdoctoral researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University…

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Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey’s fetid floodwaters, which have now heavily damaged more than 37,000 homes and destroyed nearly…

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Explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid, eye-irritating smoke and adding a new hazard to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath.

The plant’s owners warned more explosions could follow because a loss of refrigeration was causing…

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The Irvine, Calif.-based brokerage made serious headway on the 2017 REAL Trends 500 report. Find out how it and other companies performed.

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Meet the real estate professionals who have sprung into action—and, in some cases, risked their own lives—to help rescue flood victims…

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An eighth Baltimore police officer has been indicted on federal racketeering charges, with federal prosecutors alleging he “stole money from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes, swore out false affidavits and submitted false official incident reports.”

He did so while overseeing and…

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Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the first glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But the crisis was far from over, and the storm began to give up some of its dead.

The number of confirmed deaths…

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The number of mortgage applications for home purchases continues to underwhelm, despite the lowest rates in nine months.

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A class action lawsuit accuses the banking giant of charging thousands of customers extra fees to extend their interest rate lock-ins after…

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Houston officials will open two or three more mega-shelters to accommodate people who continue to arrive at the overflowing George R. Brown Convention Center seeking refuge from Harvey’s record-breaking flooding, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday.

The center already held more than 9,000 people,…

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Eager to show he’s on the job and taking action, President Donald Trump offered up in-person reassurances Tuesday to Texans who felt the wrath of Harvey, promising local residents: “We are going to get you back and operating immediately.”

Starting his visit to Texas in wind-whipped but sunny Corpus…

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1) It’s amazing how quickly this has become a “broken record” team.

It struck me as I was starting to think about what to write midway through the third quarter: three games into the preseason, there’s almost nothing new to say about the 2017 Ravens.

We came into the preseason expecting to see…

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Contractors may be the go-to person during a home renovation, but make sure your homeowner clients avoid these phrases in…

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Homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey will need these tips to start mending their homes after the floods recede.

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Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.

The nation’s fourth-largest city was still largely…

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Officials here warned that the deluge in the nation’s fourth-largest city on Sunday will be “beyond anything experienced,” as Harvey pummeled Texas, dropping more than two feet of rain and causing dire flash floods. At least five people have been reported dead as a result of the storm, according…

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Hurricane Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them.

The fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade came ashore…

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President Donald Trump spared former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence on Friday by pardoning the recent federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols, reversing what critics saw as a long-awaited comeuppance for a lawman who escaped accountability for headline-grabbing tactics…

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With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled from the path of Hurricane Harvey Friday as it picked up strength and took aim at a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coast that includes oil refineries, chemical plants and dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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Few people of 90 years or more are blessed with a memory like Gilbert Sandler’s, and few know as much about Baltimore. …read more



Buyers in nearly a third of high-end real estate transactions have been linked to money laundering or other financial crimes, according to…

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A 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history — a $758.7 million Powerball prize — after breaking the news to her employer the way the rest of us only dream of: “I called and told them I will not be coming back.”

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Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he has no interest in changing Maryland’s state flag, even though no state lawmakers have announced plans to change or eliminate the flag.

“Not only is the Maryland state flag a symbol of unity and pride, but it is also the most beautiful and most recognized…

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Upper-level living rooms are becoming a sought-after space among homeowners.

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A string of thefts in Wisconsin is serving as an important reminder for real estate pros to stay on guard during open houses.

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The Golden State scored half of August’s 20 hottest housing markets.

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Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally.

The work began around 1 p.m. in Emancipation Park, where a towering monument of Gen. Robert…

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Baltimore officials on Wednesday morning approved a $50,000 settlement for a man who was assaulted by a city police officer in 2014 at a North Avenue bus stop that was caught on video.

Kollin Truss, the victim, died shortly before the settlement was finalized, his lawyers said this month. Ivan Bates,…

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If you’re posting any original content on the social media platform, now is the time to upload your logo through Facebook’s Brand…

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These infographics reveal which of your clients is most at risk of a burglary and what thieves are really after.

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After days of calls for the removal of a Confederate monument from the grounds of the Howard County Circuit Court building, County Executive Allan Kittleman ordered it to be taken down late last night.

The monument was removed in the early hours this morning. Photos and videos of its removal were…

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A third police body-camera video showing “questionable activity” by a Baltimore police officer has emerged, this time after the officer “self-reported” it as a “re-enactment of the seizure of evidence,” according to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s office.

As with the past two body-camera…

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A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The lawsuit was brought by a California woman, Eva Echeverria, who alleged Johnson…

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Lending firm 360 Mortgage Group announces a new platform that promises to drastically reduce the average closing time of 43 days.

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Mortgage giant Freddie Mac’s latest offering could save borrowers up to $500 in fees and speed up the closing process by 10 days.

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Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced comedian who burst onto the post-World War II show-business scene with partner Dean Martin and together became the hottest comedy team of their era before launching his own highly successful solo career a decade later, has died. He was 91.

His death was confirmed…

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After practicing Saturday with 15 players absent, the Ravens had 16 players missing from Sunday morning’s session at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills.

Wide receiver Chris Matthews returned after sitting out Saturday for undisclosed reasons. But rookie wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo…

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Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned “free speech rally” a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

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A Marine veteran has been arrested in Friday’s shooting death of a Kissimmee Police officer, and there is “not much hope” a second officer he’s accused of shooting will survive, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said this morning.

Police arrested 45-year-old Everett Glenn Miller Saturday morning…

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Update (Aug. 18): Artist Pablo Machioli repaired the “Madre Luz” statue Thursday night and put it up again in the Wyman Park Dell.

Someone shoved an anti-hate statue known as the “Madre Luz” from its perch in the Wyman Park Dell on Thursday and then escaped in a car, Baltimore police said.

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Congressional Democrats from Maryland are asking for thousands of pages of documents to review the business practices of the apartment rental company owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

In a letter Friday, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps….

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Nomophobia is the fear of being without a working smartphone, and research says an increasing number of people have it.

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Fixed-rate mortgages continued to drop this week, lowering borrowing costs for home shoppers.

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A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the terror attack.

The attack left people…

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Maybe the newest technology isn’t always the best, or maybe the best needs a backup. …read more



Home shoppers say they’re willing to make big sacrifices in order to get a property with a great outdoor space, according to a new survey….

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Builders failed to ramp up inventories last month, despite increasing demand from home buyers and calls from the real estate industry.

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Peter Jensen of The Sun’s editorial board and reporter Luke Broadwater on the surprise overnight removal of four Confederate statues. …read more



President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.”

Trump, in a tweet, said that “towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt – many jobs being lost!”

The president has been a frequent…

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Homeowners pay an average of $62,000 on kitchen renovations, so share these tips with your clients to save them some money.

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Nearly two-thirds of renters say they plan to move to a different city before settling down. So where are they leaving from and going to?

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People buying individual health care policies would face sharply higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers, congressional experts said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget…

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Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that he supports removing a statue of former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — who authored an infamous decision that upheld slavery in 1857 — from the grounds of the State House in Annapolis.

“While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come…

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The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to police records released Monday.

Authorities say 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters…

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Baltimore County prosecutors have ruled that the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man by an off-duty officer outside a Catonsville Giant store this month was legally justified.

County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced the decision Monday. Surveillance footage from the store will be…

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The eclipse is expected to stretch across 14 states and likely will obstruct up to 9,000 megawatts of solar power. Utility companies are already…

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Maryland’s beleaguered medical marijuana industry faces a critical deadline Monday, when companies the state has selected to grow the plant are required to be operational. Those that are not ready risk losing their lucrative licenses.

Already, marijuana regulators are under pressure from powerful…

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Toward the end of his four-year tenure with the Ravens, Elvis Dumervil was not the same player who set a franchise record with 17 sacks in 2014. But the outside linebacker was still capable enough of collapsing a pocket and setting the edge.

Since Dumervil’s release March 8, the defense has turned…

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A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon, ratcheting up the tension in an increasingly chaotic confrontation in this usually quiet college town.

It is unclear how many were injured; an Associated Press…

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Baltimore Police have made an arrest in the killing of Deric Ford, Sr., a father of 12 who was fatally shot Tuesday in a Dollar General store in Edmondson Village.

Michael Thompson, 27, was charged in Ford’s death, police commissioner Kevin Davis said during a Saturday news conference.

Ford, a…

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When a massive, dying star finally collapses into a black hole, it emits explosive jets of radiation known as a gamma ray burst that is second only to the Big Bang in terms of the energy produced.

Usually over in seconds, a minute at most, gamma ray bursts are extremely rare events that astronomers…

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President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a bold warning to North Korea, tweeting that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” if the isolated rogue nation acts “unwisely,” escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

American and South Korean officials said they…

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reversed course this week, averaging 3.90 percent.

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The couple that kidnapped and killed Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter in 2014 used an app to give a false impression of where they were…

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President Donald Trump raised the possibility Thursday that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should step down if he can’t muscle health care and other legislation through the Senate, taking an extraordinary swipe at the man with the most power to steer the White House agenda through the chamber.

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Taylor Swift testified Thursday that a former radio DJ reached under her skirt and intentionally grabbed her backside during a meet-and-a-greet photo session before a 2013 concert in Denver.

“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” the pop star testified during about…

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Brokerages may find it beneficial to offer health-related programming for agents, according to this new study.

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One of the nation’s largest cannabis companies bought the California town of Nipton, and it has big plans for creating a…

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President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn’t “any imminent threat.”In a series of early-morning tweets Wednesday, Trump reaffirmed his threat…

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Baltimore rappers YBS Skola and Tate Kobang are among the musical highlights for this year’s scaled-back AFRAM Festival, set for Sunday in Druid Hill Park.

A smaller version of the African-American Festival that was held over two days in the M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards parking lots, AFRAM…

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A new survey reveals some growing concerns among consumers about home prices and how they may even be influencing their decisions to sell or buy…

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“The housing shortage is now affecting the top of the housing market,” says the economist of one brokerage.

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A tornado with winds of up to 105 mph tossed vehicles and knocked down a concrete building in Salisbury on Monday afternoon, meteorologists confirmed Tuesday.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service’s Wakefield, Va., office who surveyed the damage rated the tornado an EF-1 on the Enhanced…

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans Tuesday for a test project to dredge some of the sediment trapped behind the Conowingo Dam, in hopes of determining whether doing so on a larger scale would be helpful to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Hogan said the state will ask companies this month for proposals…

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The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado in Salisbury that downed trees, damaged houses and flipped cars on Monday afternoon.

The weather service said it received multiple reports of damage, most concentrated around Salisbury University along South Salisbury Boulevard. The…

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Baltimore woke up to a wet Monday morning, and periods of heavy rain is forecast into the evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Baltimore area and other parts of Maryland through 10 p.m.

Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected, with up to…

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As home prices rapidly increase, make sure your sellers understand that offers with an appraisal contingency could be a gamble.

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Do buyers still want granite countertops in the kitchen or tile floors in the bathroom? Find out the materials that are hot or not in new-home…

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is continuing apace, even as President Donald Trump dismissed the probe as “a total fabrication.”

Rosenstein said special counsel Robert S. Mueller III…

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For much of his career with the Ravens, Lardarius Webb played cornerback before moving to free safety last fall. This summer, he has lined up as the defense’s top nickel cornerback, covering the slot when the offense has used a three-receiver set. It’s a familiar role for the nine-year veteran.

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the head of a Washington public policy firm who is married to Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, said this month that she’s considering a run for governor, an office that has never been held by a woman in Maryland.

There have been several female gubernatorial candidates…

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Dear World: I know it looks pretty bad right now, but I think I speak for many of my fellow Americans when I say that the United States is better than its current president.

A majority of us — nearly 6 out of 10 of us, according to a McClatchey-Marist poll — are embarrassed by the rhetoric, behavior…

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Baltimore is in the midst of a murderous year, perhaps its worst ever, so you will pardon us if we find little amusing about the recent letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis that the city will be ineligible for federal aid under the National…

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With a single to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday night, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis reached 2,000 career hits.

He can attribute his time with the Orioles for much of the production en route to the milestone.

Markakis, who still has a house in Maryland, spent nine…

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Monthly costs are falling the most in some of the country’s largest cities. Find out where.

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Recent home buyers ages 18 to 36 rank more space for their dogs higher than marriage or having children as a motivation for purchasing.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Baltimore officials that if the city wants to participate in a new crime-fighting program, it has to implement policies that may be unconstitutional at a jail it does not control.

In a letter sent on Thursday, the Department of Justice asked Baltimore and…

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Since being stabbed in the neck last month, Baltimore rapper and anti-violence activist Tyree Colion has been focused on healing. His mission of promoting “No Shoot Zones” in a city ravaged by more than 200 homicides so far this year was put on hold as he recuperated.

But on Monday, a 13-year-old…

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More brokerages are finding ways to integrate the rise of digital voice assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, into providing real estate…

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A reminder: Don’t click on mysterious links texted to you, even those that appear to personally accuse you of wrongdoing.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed what he called a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions.

The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering…

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The state’s highest court has ruled that cellphone evidence that prosecutors say link a man to a 2014 murder in Northwest Baltimore can be used against him at trial.

The Maryland Court of Appeals this week reversed lower court rulings that suppressed that evidence in the case against Robert Copes,…

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Find out which real estate franchises are managing these two factors most successfully, according to J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller…

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A Maryland transportation officer and his two companions are being investigated after police said shots fired from a boat they were operating near the Key Bridge in Baltimore left several birds dead, and some ammunition may have passed near an evening dinner cruise ship.

Authorities said five birds,…

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday, accusing his administration of unconstitutionally censoring constituents’ speech by blocking some Facebook posters and deleting their comments from his official page.

“The highest purpose of…

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NAR president promises the new chief executive will launch “a fresh chapter in our association’s 109-year history.”

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The tool allows home buyers to visualize a house as they would want it to look, says a spokesman for Toll Brothers.

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Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job — and just hours after President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office.

Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, Trump had insisted earlier…

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After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have reached a deal to host the 2028 Summer Games under terms they hope will generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues.

The agreement will bring the Olympics back to Southern California…

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Contract signings in June post an uptick across most of the country, suggesting real estate professionals are seeing a comeback in market activity…

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But there’s a catch that may make some reconsider whether soaring home prices make selling worth it.

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A huge fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers and incinerated the event’s stage in Barcelona, the regional government said Sunday.

The fire Saturday night consumed the large outdoor stage at the “Tomorrowland” electronic music festival held at Barcelona’s…

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Jan Crye was walking home after a night out with friends in Upper Fells Point in May when a man in a red bandana pointed a gun at her face and demanded her purse.

“I didn’t have a second to think, scream, anything,” Crye, 61, said. “I just handed him my pocketbook and off he went.”

Such confrontations…

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In his political history of Baltimore, Matt Crenson observes that the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Basin faced major obstacles during its early development that likely contributed to a kind of municipal inferiority complex.

“History endows places with personalities,” writes Crenson, professor…

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Although medications exist to treat depression, many scientists aren’t sure why they’re effective and why they don’t work for everyone.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine believe they may have found a key to the puzzle of major depression that could lead to therapies for…

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Republican finger-pointing commenced Friday after the Senate’s dark-of-night defeat of the GOP effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law, a startling blow to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders.

“They should have approved health care last night,” Trump said in Brentwood, N.Y.,…

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile Friday night which flew longer than any of its previous missiles and landed in the ocean off Japan, according to officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said officials were analyzing whether it…

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Real estate professionals in New York and Arizona say they have recently received an email offering them a referral from a real estate…

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The United States is going through an energy revolution that within 20 years will reshape people’s homes and communities, experts said at…

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John Urschel, who is pursuing a doctorate in applied mathematics, retired from the Ravens on Thursday morning, becoming the latest NFL player to walk away from the game because of concerns about long-term damage from head injuries.

Although Urschel, 26, hasn’t commented on his reason for retiring,…

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A 71-year-old man was abducted by three masked men in West Baltimore on Wednesday night and driven across town in a U-Haul truck before managing to escape, according to police.

Officers were flagged down along Poplar Grove Street about 8:15 p.m. by bystanders who told them that “an older man was…

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New-home sales inched up in June, but sales would likely be higher if there were more new homes to sell.

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Though Americans are more conscious of how their actions affect the environment, they often put aside those concerns when shopping for a home,…

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Andrew Solomon, who wrote about families with children who discovered they are transgender in his 2012 best-seller, says President Trump’s announcement is “deeply horrifying.” …read more



President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the effort under President Barack Obama to open the armed services to transgender…

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Home prices have been on the rise nationally. Is it still smarter to buy than rent?

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A new survey suggests that people may not be happy living in 400 square feet or less.

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Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, threatened on Tuesday to fire his entire staff in an effort to stem the leaking that has plagued President Trump’s administration since almost the first day he took office.

“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do…

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In a group of more than 100 professional football players whose brains were examined after their death, new research has found that virtually all suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition likely brought on by repeated blows to the head.

At a Boston University program that investigates…

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A seller received nearly two dozen bids on a Dallas property, but she declined the highest offer for an important reason.

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New data shows more Americans today are renting homes than at any other time in the past 50 years, and investors are looking to cash in.

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A tornado with 125 mph wind gusts tore a path of damage through the Stevensville area of Kent Island overnight.

Homes were destroyed, large trees toppled and metal electricity poles twisted in the Bay City neighborhood, on the western shore of the island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. One…

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner denied Monday that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump’s White House bid and declared he has “nothing to hide.”

Behind closed doors, Kushner spoke to staff members of the Senate intelligence committee for nearly three hours…

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Real estate prices reach a new high as inventory narrows even more, leaving buyers with fewer affordable options, according to NAR’s latest…

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Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion, just like expected, though not like anyone could have imagined.

On the verge of another meltdown in a major, so wild off the tee that he played one shot from the driving range at Royal Birkdale and lost the lead for the first time all weekend, Spieth…

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The Republican-led House is set to vote soon on a sweeping Russia sanctions package that defies the White House by demanding that President Donald Trump get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package…

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Hours before he was to help commission a new aircraft carrier at a patriotic ceremony on the Virginia coast, President Donald Trump fired off a volley of early morning tweets that again showed how furious he remains over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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