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A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a source familiar with the panel’s interview of the former White House chief strategist.

Bannon also is likely being pressed on other “executive…

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A chance of snow in the Baltimore area on Tuesday and Wednesday could cause dangerous driving conditions for Wednesday’s commutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to an inch of snow could fall on the Interstate 95 corridor, and a few inches are possible north and west of Baltimore,…

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Another spell of frigid Arctic air dropped wind chills into the single digits early Monday morning, and is forecast to bring chances for 1-2 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Snow showers are forecast along a cold front expected to pass through the region. The National Weather…

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A casino company said Monday it never had a problem with the shuttle boat that erupted in flames off Florida’s Gulf Coast, leading to the death of a female passenger.

Tropical Breeze Casino spokeswoman Beth Fifer said the company does not know what caused Sunday’s blaze, which gutted the shuttle…

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Sundays are sacred to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, a devout Mormon who has long-served in leadership roles in the Broadneck Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

However, it is also a day for reflection and Niumatalolo clearly spent much of the morning debating whether or…

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The second recent blunder in Hawaii’s planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.

For nearly 40 minutes people waited. Then came the second mobile alert: someone…

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One man was killed, and another was injured, in two shootings Friday night, Baltimore police said.

Officers were called at 10:44 p.m. to the 2900 block of Mosher Street in Southwest Baltimore where they found 26-year-old man who had been shot. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

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On Friday night, the pavilion roof at Columbia music venue Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed.

No one was injured, said a spokeswoman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

A full assessment of the cause is underway, and the venue will rebuild the roof, said Audrey Fix…

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President Donald Trump acknowledged Friday that he used “tough” language during a meeting on efforts toward a bipartisan immigration deal but appeared to deny using the term “shithole” to refer to some countries.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language…

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The Maryland Senate voted Friday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to hundreds of thousands of Maryland workers.

The legislation, which was approved by the House of Delegates on Thursday, becomes law in 30 days.

Hogan put up a vigorous…

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is nearing 4 percent, but still remains well below its average from a year ago.

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A viral video showing Baltimore hospital security guards leaving a disoriented looking patient from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown on the street wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks is raising questions about how hospitals discharge the mentally ill and homeless.

The widely…

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Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were missing.

Family members anxiously awaited…

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During a panel discussion Wednesday, MLS executives and real estate professionals aired concerns over whether the industry can move fast enough to…

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Along with the traditional pomp and circumstance that opens the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers convened Wednesday facing weighty issues and asking each other to set aside the politics, even though it is an election year.

“This is going to be a rockin, rollin’ session,” Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne…

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Despite no apparent progress in the investigation into the killing of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter, police say they do not consider the investigation to be a “cold case.”

Baltimore Police chief spokesman T.J. Smith said police continue to receive information in the nearly three-month-old…

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With steep competition, some buyers are scrambling to come up with larger down payments to gain a competitive edge.

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Some 1,800 customers of Baltimore’s Department of Public Works have reported being without service as deep cold has frozen pipes and damaged meters, a spokesman for the department said.

Among them is Pigtown resident Robbie Helsing, 56, who said she first noticed her water was out Sunday morning….

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Workers continued to battle heating and plumbing problems at Baltimore schools Tuesday, in hopes of opening most of the buildings on Wednesday.

Six city schools were closed Tuesday: Harford Heights Elementary, Furley Elementary, Calverton Elementary/Middle, Harlem Park Elementary/Middle, Leith…

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The majority of homeowners recently surveyed prioritized storage over all the other functions of their kitchens, according to a new survey by…

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Pam O’Connor, founding president and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, plans to retire this year.

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Urban Outfitters has closed at Harborplace in Baltimore, leaving just two locations of the apparel retailer in Maryland.

The store, an anchor at the Inner Harbor pavilions since spring 2007, closed at the end of the day Sunday, a store manager said.

Urban Outfitters remains open in Towson and in…

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The Trump administration said Monday it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, an action that could force nearly 200,000 to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation.

El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status under President…

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A 22-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday morning in a carjacking in North Baltimore, police said.

Around 11:40 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 6100 block of Macbeth Drive and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where…

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Many people who come to open houses are there just to snoop. But sometimes, a snoop will decide to buy.

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Home shoppers are embracing virtual reality, saying they believe the technology will make the buying and selling process simpler and quicker,…

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Baltimore temperatures fell to 7 degrees early Saturday morning, missing a record set in 1904 by 2 degrees. But other cold-weather records were expected to be in reach over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, temperatures were expected to peak in the upper teens, not far off a record for the coldest…

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Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died, NASA said Saturday. Young was 87.

The space agency said Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.

NASA called Young one of its pioneers -…

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Greg Roman, the Ravens assistant who was primarily responsible for the revamping of a formerly struggling running game, will be returning to the team after all, just with a little different title.

Roman, whose one-year contract was set to expire after the season, explored his options but opted…

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The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to $450 million, just hours before the drawing.

The top prize was raised ahead of the drawing Friday night.

Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to $570 million. That drawing will be…

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Las Vegas real estate agent Lisa Holmquist says she watches for these indications that prospects aren’t being upfront about their real…

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The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now down a quarter of a percentage point from a year ago.

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A 17-year-old girl from Glen Burnie has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a 19-year-old man during a robbery in Baltimore last month, Baltimore Police said Thursday.

Rai’Asia Lee, of the 400 block of Glenwood Ave. in Glen Burnie, was waiting to see a court commissioner…

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Property values in Maryland continued to rise in new assessments of nearly 752,000 residential and commercial properties.

Home values rose an average of 5.8 percent over the last three years, according to the latest evaluations, issued Dec. 28 by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation….

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The recent tax bill could be speeding up the Federal Reserve’s rate increases, which could push 30-year mortgage rates up past 4 percent in…

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The explosive storm spiraling across the eastern U.S. is expected to bring heavy snowfall and high winds. Southern houses may be most at risk…

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The weather wasn’t too cold that December morning, so Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector put on a light jacket as she headed for her gold Buick.

Two teenage boys from Southwest Baltimore were in her Inner Harbor parking garage, cutting school and looking for cars to steal. They fixed their eyes…

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A chlorine pumping station near Lake Ashburton in Northwest Baltimore leaked chlorine gas early Wednesday, while a separate broken water main across Longwood Street coated a sidewalk with ice, requiring water to be shut off in the area for about 70 customers.

The city Department of Public Works…

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Most successful business owners share these key abilities. Here are ten ways you can improve your performance in each area in the coming…

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The Fire Department of New York says 23 people, including a firefighter, are hurt following a Bronx blaze.

All of them are expected to be OK.

Investigators believe the fire started in a first-floor furniture store around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Adults and children fled from the three stories of apartments…

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Bone-chilling cold weather in Baltimore has prompted city outreach workers to intensify efforts to get all homeless indoors overnight and into shelter beds, the Pugh administration said Tuesday.

Terry Hickey, director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, said the agency is sending crews out…

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Learn which popular vacation spots around the country are benefiting most from this trend.

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A $1 million nest egg in retirement may no longer be enough.

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Are these entertainment spaces still coveted by buyers?

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Ciara Green has been to the 3000 block of Rayner Ave. in West Baltimore nearly two dozen times in the last few weeks to try to make sense of the unsolved killing of her best friend.

Darryl Burks Jr., a medical technician whom Green called “Pee Wee,” was found shot to death in a burning vacant rowhouse…

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It wasn’t a happy new year for three former Ravens assistant coaches who became head coaches. Jim Caldwell (Lions), Jack Del Rio (Raiders) and Chuck Pagano (Colts) were fired after their final regular-season games.

Detroit fired Caldwell this morning. He finished the season with a 9-7 record but…

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A sheriff’s deputy was killed and four others were wounded Sunday in a shooting in suburban Denver that capped a year of deadly attacks in the United States. Two civilians were also injured.

The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch,…

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The “Square Off” talk show, now in its 30th year on Baltimore TV, is going off the air to retool, according to host Richard Sher.

While Sher said the show will ”hopefully” return in March, that is yet to be determined.

In a series of email exchanges with the Sun, Sher said the return will depend…

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A dusting of snow coated Baltimore and much of Central Maryland early Saturday morning.

Most of the area had less than an inch of snow, including BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, where half an inch of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service.

In the Washington area, Dulles…

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Maryland has selected a pair of companies to dredge a small amount of the sediment that’s built up in the Susquehanna River behind the Conowingo Dam as part of a pilot program officials hope could lead to a larger solution.

At an August press conference along the banks of the Susquehanna, Gov….

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Soon the annual garden grew on plywood tables dressed with fountains, lakes, turtles and goldfish and trains. Lots of trains. …read more



Many Maryland homeowners are facing a Monday deadline to comply with a fire safety law requiring them to replace older smoke alarms with devices that have sealed-in, long-lasting batteries.

The Maryland Smoke Alarm Law — passed in 2013 — requires homes with battery-powered smoke detectors and those…

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How do you say “Down the ocean?”

All the time he was growing up in Baltimore County, Phillip Schwarzmann never knew he spoke funny.

“People say I speak with an accent, but I say I’m just speaking perfectly normal,” he says.

Well, Bawlamerese does sound funny to people who have never heard it before,…

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A bad year has landed Under Armour’s Kevin Plank on a “Worst CEOs in America” list.

Plank joins the heads of IBM, Macy’s, Sears, Twitter, Ford Motor Co. and others on a 20-worst list compiled by financial news website 24/7 Wall St. The online publisher looked at stock price changes, earnings, revenue…

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The national apartment vacancy rate ticked up slightly in the fourth quarter as multifamily construction begins to outpace current demand.

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Homeowners in areas with high property taxes are scrambling to pay their 2018 tax bill ahead of time in an attempt to take advantage of deductions…

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The FBI has rejected calls for it to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Baltimore homicide detective who was set to testify in a federal police corruption case last month, saying it has no evidence to suggest Det. Sean Suiter’s death was “directly connected” to the corruption…

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With two fatal shootings Tuesday night and the recent reclassification of an decades-old shooting as a killing, Baltimore has hit 342 homicides in 2017 — a new per capita record.

The previous per capita record was set in 2015, when there were 344 homicides. According to the latest available Census…

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Cold weather can put your home’s pipes at risk of exploding. Take precautions.

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From techniques to make listing photos pop to methods for staging small spaces,

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Staying safe in the field is often framed as a particular concern for female agents. But this year, we addressed safety…

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Will the uptick last? Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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A fuel truck overturned on Interstate 83 Tuesday morning, blocking traffic for hours in North Baltimore and spilling red-dyed heating oil into the Jones Falls stream.

About 2,500 gallons of heating oil spilled into the Jones Falls, said Jay Apperson, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the…

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Deja Duncan stayed up past midnight on Christmas, spending hours laughing and playing Monopoly with her family.

So when her alarm rang early Tuesday morning, the 23-year-old Baltimore resident wasn’t having it. Then she thought about Rihanna, and jumped out of bed.

On the day after Christmas, the…

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You might not need snow boots on Christmas Day, but you will need to bundle up.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen declared a Code Blue beginning Monday night into Thursday morning, according to a press release, with overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the 20s and wind chill temperatures…

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It was one of those gag cards you can buy in a drugstore. “Merry Catsmess!” read the caption. And in a personal touch, as if for emphasis, Robby Strong had enclosed a box of horse manure.

“To Stevie,” he wrote on the envelope, meaning Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for whose doorstep the manure…

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Three people have died and two others remain injured after a crash and subsequent truck fire in Middle River early Saturday morning, police said.

Baltimore County Police said they responded to the crash at Eastern Avenue and Carroll Island Road just after 1 a.m.

Police said a 2010 Dodge Ram truck…

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1) The Ravens can’t afford another game like this if they hope to fulfill their playoff ambitions.

Yes, the Ravens outlasted an inferior opponent to maintain their leg up in the AFC wild-card race. That has to be the headline.

But this was not an encouraging effort from a team that has generally…

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Consuelo Anglarill, 82, took a bus to the Safeway on Georgia Ave. on Jan. 15. Her daughter, Elizabeth, suspects the retired nanny was simply bored that Sunday morning.

“She doesn’t like being home alone.”

As the elderly woman crossed the busy state highway in front of the grocery store, a car struck…

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Several familiar Baltimore storylines come together in a bright classroom on the east side of the city, two flights up from little Mura Street, where Vanessa Williams speaks proudly of her after-school program, its 92 “scholars” and its nurturing atmosphere — and all of that despite the trouble…

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As hard as it might seem to be shocked by anything on cable news these days, Fox News’ characterization of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election as an attempted “coup” has caused jaws to drop. And there has been no shortage in the last week of mainstream…

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As Congress voted and re-voted on its massive tax bill this week, the phones began ringing at Howard County’s Office of Finance.

By the dozens, and then the hundreds, county residents wanted to know: Can I pay next year’s property tax bill now?

“Our call volume has increased dramatically,” said…

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Make repeat business and referrals your bread and butter. Up your customer service game in 2018 to more lifelong clients.

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A teenage boy was hospitalized after he was beaten with a baseball bat in Rosedale Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore County police said.

The 14-year-old boy and a relative were getting out of a car in the 4700 block of Stellabrooke Lane just after 1 p.m., when the boy was attacked.

A suspect struck…

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Australian police said there is no evidence of a terrorist link to a car ramming attack Thursday in central Melbourne that left 19 people injured.

Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a history of drug use and mental health issues. The man was known…

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Tight inventories and a lack of construction have helped homes sell faster in recent years, NAR notes.

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Five-year-old TyLon Pittman was watching YouTube videos of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in his home in Mississippi when he suddenly became afraid.

He reached for the house phone and called 911 to report an urgent tip.

“I just want to tell you something. Watch for that little Grinch. Because…

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Zach Britton was running a routine 40-yard sprint during an offseason workout on Tuesday when pushed off on his right foot and felt a burst of pain shoot through his calf.

“There was pain everywhere,” Britton said. “It hurt so bad.”

Later in the day, Britton was diagnosed with a ruptured right…

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Is a “huge, welcoming relief for renters seeking to become homeowners” on the way? Economists predict that the worst of the supply…

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Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted “results are what’s going to make this popular.”

The vote, largely along…

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A 57-year old man shot himself to death during a standoff with police in the 1900 block of Atkisson Road in Joppa shortly after noon Tuesday, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The suicide occurred about 90 minutes after deputies responded to a call for a domestic incident between…

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Despite escalating home prices, Americans in many cities can still find it more affordable to own than rent.

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The winter season can be particularly hard on hardwood floors and carpet. Here’s how to keep scratches and stains from diminishing a home…

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A White House official says the Trump judicial nominee whose qualifications were questioned by Republican senator has withdrawn his nomination.

Matthew Petersen, who was nominated by Trump to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has been the subject of widespread ridicule…

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A U.S. District Court judge is expected to vacate the convictions of two men in a case where federal prosecutors say drugs were planted by an officer now facing charges in the sweeping Gun Trace Task Force racketeering case.

Umar Burley was freed from prison in August — eight years into a 15-year…

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A fire damaged a vacant building next to the Rose Street Community Center in East Baltimore Saturday night, and the founder of the center said the incident left it with serious water and roof damage.

Baltimore City Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said firefighters responded to the blaze…

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When it comes to gun violence, what’s so special about Harford County churches? What makes churches in Abingdon or Havre de Grace any more vulnerable to attack than schools or movie theaters or restaurants or concert venues or clubs or mosques or synagogues or college campuses or office buildings…

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Baltimore Police Det. Jemell Rayam has pleaded guilty in federal court to years of robbing suspects and civilians as a member of the department’s Gun Trace Task Force.

But before he was promoted to that elite unit — and years before the crimes for which he has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering…

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The driver who led police on a dramatic, high-speed car chase through West Baltimore was arrested at noon Friday on the 1800 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway near Mondawmin Mall.

Police said the driver was wanted in a shooting earlier Friday morning and the chase began in Northwest Baltimore near…

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It’s possible that one to three inches of snow will fall on the Baltimore region Friday afternoon, causing school systems across the Baltimore region to close early in anticipation and setting up a potentially challenging evening commute.

Public schools in Baltimore City and the immediate surrounding…

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As wildfires continue to ravage Southern California, share these tips with clients for lowering the risks of fire damage.

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View an interactive map to see the average down payment in your area.

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An Anne Arundel County judge ruled Thursday that the state must pay two of Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet secretaries who were not confirmed by the legislature.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ordered that acting health secretary Dennis Schrader, and Wendi Peters, who had been acting secretary…

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Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites – and block or slow down others – in a decision repealing landmark, Obama-era regulations for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon.

The move to deregulate the telecom and cable industry…

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Many real estate professionals and companies may now be at a disadvantage to deliver services to consumers online.

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Executive coaches warn that people who talk too much aren’t as successful at customer pitches, networking events, board presentations, or…

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In entertaining trade offers for third baseman Manny Machado, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that he will consider dealing the franchise’s top homegrown talent of this generation to a division rival like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox for his final year before free agency.

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A woman and a 4-year-old girl were killed — and a 5-year-old girl was in critical condition — in a house fire Wednesday morning in Northeast Baltimore, the Fire Department said.

Firefighters were called about 1 a.m. to the fire in the 700 block of E. Cold Spring Lane in the Richnor Springs neighborhood,…

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Loan demand dropped 2.3 percent last week as a slight uptick in rates may have spooked potential home buyers and refinancers.

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A conference committee today begins the task of reconciling the differences in the U.S. House and Senate’s versions of the proposed tax reform…

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For the first time, the possibility of the Orioles trading cornerstone third baseman Manny Machado became real Tuesday at the winter meetings.

An interesting wrinkle has been inserted into the suddenly swirling trade rumors regarding Machado. Whether he remains in an Orioles uniform in 2018, he…

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The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP’s lock on the state and uphold “decency.”

Roy Moore, the 70-year-old GOP nominee who…

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Baltimore County police have arrested and charged a man in the robbery of a PNC Bank in Towson on Sunday.

Police say the man, who was identified Monday as Melvin McDougald, 54, of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, led officers on a pursuit through several precincts before he was stopped in Owings…

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The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban…

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Two months after wildfires in Northern California exacerbated the inventory crunch and forced home prices to go even higher, the same could happen…

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The West Coast was mostly responsible for the increase thanks to particularly tight housing markets in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle,…

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The Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:30 p.m. tonight. Before they kick off at Heinz Field, here’s everything you need to know about how the teams match up.

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A year ago, Gardner-Webb upset Nebraska in Lincoln.

A month ago, the Runnin’ Bulldogs played then-No. 13 Miami close for a half before getting blown out in Coral Gables, Fla.

Both those games must have crossed Maryland coach Mark Turgeon’s mind going into Saturday’s matchup at Xfinity Center.

Neither…

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Like Halley’s Comet or a partial lunar eclipse, a rare occurrence took place Saturday at Xfinity Center during the first 10 minutes of Maryland’s game against Gardner-Webb.

The Terps had committed just one turnover.

While the second, a little over 13 minutes into the first half, started a spate…

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I asked Darnell Fields how it all started — that other life he lived before the one he’s trying to build now — and the answer sounded very familiar: He grew up extremely poor in East Baltimore; his father was absent, his mother was caught up in drugs and went to prison; Fields lived with his maternal…

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A week after Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis asked the FBI to take over the investigation into the shooting death of Det. Sean Suiter, he still had no answer.

Police confirmed Friday that Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray had yet to respond to Davis’ letter requesting…

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The families of Baltimore police officers who are killed in the line of duty are eligible to receive a host of benefits: lump-sum payouts from the state and federal governments, a special pension arrangement, workers’ compensation.

The value can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But if investigators…

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Faced with falling enrollment, the University of Baltimore has cut nearly 400 employees’ salaries to save money.

The school made the cuts by furloughing workers — requiring them to take time off without pay — as part of a larger effort to reduce costs that includes a hiring freeze, out-of-state…

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

“I may be resigning my seat, but…

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Sen. Al Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats appeared to collapse Wednesday as a group of female Democratic senators called upon him to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations. His office said he would make an announcement Thursday, but did not specify the subject.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand,…

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Former Ravens running back Ray Rice said Wednesday that the 2014 domestic-violence incident that cost him his NFL career “uncovered the brutal truth” of his life: that he had sacrificed his duties as a partner, father and Christian to become a better football player.

Speaking in Lynchburg, Va.,…

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Baltimore Police called in a hazmat team Tuesday after finding what they suspect is a “substantial amount” of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl at a discount store in the city’s Old Goucher neighborhood.

Police said they executed a search and seizure warrant at the Charles Village Discount Mart…

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Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires on the edge of Los Angeles and in the foothills outside the city burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of other structures Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

One of the blazes broke out Monday in Ventura County…

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A robot could walk your buyers on a guided tour of a property, without you ever having to be there in person.

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Real estate pros are sacrificing the specific neighborhood information clients want in their marketing, instead trying to appeal to as wide…

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The Ravens can be a pretty bland team for a fan base to sink their teeth into.

Then Sunday happened.

The Ravens put up 40+ points, solidified (for the moment) their standing in the NFL playoff race, and showed a little personality on and off the field.

It started with in-game celebrations.

First,…

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Netflix has reached an agreement to resume production on “House of Cards” season 6 — the show’s final season — in early 2018, according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Production of “House of Cards” season 6 was suspended in October, following sexual assault allegations against star Kevin…

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Baltimore police are investigating a triple shooting in South Baltimore on Sunday that left one man dead.

At about 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of S. Hanover St. in Brooklyn for a report of a shooting. Police said officers found a 21-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound…

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And so we begin again. With Baltimore beleaguered by crime and violence, I return today to an informal public-service initiative that lived in this space between 10 and 12 years ago.

It began in June 2005 with an open letter to the drug dealers of Baltimore, asking them to consider getting out…

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The former top FBI official assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of Mueller’s team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging President Donald…

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It has been more than two weeks since Det. Sean Suiter was killed in a violence-ridden West Baltimore neighborhood, and police have not identified, much less apprehended, a suspect. A possibly unprecedented $215,000 reward has made no difference. Meanwhile, with every passing day, new and confounding…

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI, becoming the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges and admit guilt so far in the wide-ranging election investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn…

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A new mortgage offering will allow renters in rent-to-own agreements purchase their first homes under an equity-sharing agreement.

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Buyers can learn a lot about the history of their new place by checking out a few directories and online resources.

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The top Democrat in the House on Thursday called on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Conyers’ lawyer swiftly rejected the request, saying Nancy Pelosi “sure as hell won’t be the one to tell the congressman to leave.”

House Minority Leader…

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New charges have been filed against an indicted member of the Baltimore Police gun task force, alleging that in 2010 he planted drugs after a high-speed chase that ended with a death and told Det. Sean Suiter to search the car.

In a new indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon, prosecutors wrote…

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Changes to the capital gains tax under House and Senate tax reform bills would burden homeowners who sell after Jan. 1.

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The Clean Energy Credit Union aims to help and inspire more homeowners in going green.

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Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” said Wednesday he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.

Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he said he was fired over “a story that I think…

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This is what a cultural reckoning looks like.

Eight days after Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King spoke movingly of their reactions to allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by CBS colleague Charlie Rose, an equally shaken Savannah Guthrie told viewers today that her morning show co-host Matt…

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The Thanksgiving holiday may have taken a bite out of mortgage applications last week.

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North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from an area north of the capital Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing South Korea’s military.

“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province,…

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For months, Vincent “Vicious V” Curtis had taunted fellow local DJ Brandon Harris, known as DJ B-Eazy, threatening him and provoking him to fight.

On May 12, Curtis’ text messages contained a countdown: In two hours Curtis said he was going to beat Harris up. Then one hour. Then a half hour.

Curtis,…

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Here’s a roundup of key items to know about the House and Senate bills making their way through Congress.

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The median time on market is shockingly shorter than it was five years ago, according to new NAR data.

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Democrat Ben Jealous will pitch his plan for a state-based universal health care program next Wednesday during a Baltimore rally with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has pushed a similar “Medicare for all” plan in Congress.

Jealous, the former head of the NAACP who is running for governor, has promised…

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A man was killed before dawn Monday near Westside Shopping Center in Southwest Baltimore — the third killing in the area in the last two weeks, police said.

The man, whose name was not released Monday morning, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 2600 block of Saint Benedict St. in Millhill,…

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Among the home improvement projects your clients are most likely to value are those that increase storage space and preserve vintage details.

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For the past two years, consumers have been spending more money at mom-and-pop retail stores than big-box chains, according to credit card company…

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Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress.

In a statement, the…

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There are some aspects of Mike Wallace’s reputation that the Ravens wide receiver doesn’t contest, because he acknowledges they are mostly true and he knows he’s not going to change your mind even if they aren’t.

He’s fine being labeled a diva. He has high expectations for himself and his teammates…

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Former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance did not have a good track record of reporting paid consulting work as required by the district’s ethics code.

The school system’s ethics panel twice ruled he violated the code by failing to disclose two paying jobs, including one with a…

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Baltimore Police are investigating separate shootings that left a 30-year-old man dead and two others injured Friday night.

The first shooting, at around 10 p.m., occurred in the 3900 block of Fairfax Road in the Forest Park area. When officers arrived to the scene, they discovered an 18-year-old…

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Shoppers scattered in panic and police flooded one of London’s busiest areas Friday after multiple reports of shots being fired at Oxford Circus subway station.

But an hour later police said they had found no sign of any gunshots, suspects or casualties.

The panic erupted on one of the busiest…

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After members of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task force were indicted this year for shaking down citizens and falsifying evidence, a federal inmate in a West Virginia prison reached out to the judge in his case. Umar Burley had been charged by a member of the task force. Now, he wanted another…

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The Calvert Hall football team came out at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Thursday intent to turn the 98th Turkey Bowl into a blowout. After jumping out to a big early lead, however, the Cardinals needed to regroup, scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns in a 27-6 win over rival…

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On YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, supporters of Baltimore County’s interim school Superintendent Verletta White have been rallying behind the popular home-grown leader as she faces her most pressing public test.

Some even took to one of the oldest platforms for social expression: a public podium….

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With no sign of a suspect, officers responding to the shooting of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter feared the shots could have been fired from inside nearby buildings, dispatch audio shows.

“We do not know where these shots came from. We have officers in bad locations,” one officer said over the…

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday apologized to Harlem Park residents and thanked them for their “patience” during an extended crime scene investigation in their neighborhood after the killing of Detective Sean Suiter.

For nearly a week after the killing, police officers locked down the…

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Home shoppers were taking out mortgages in higher numbers last week.

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The holidays can bring plenty of cheer but some traditions can make your job as a real estate pro tougher. Here are a few tips for your home…

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CBS News fired morning show host Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.

The network’s news president, David Rhodes, said there is…

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President Donald Trump is using his pardon power to keep a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster.

Trump continued the annual presidential tradition during an event Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden. The act of leniency means 47-pound Drumstick and 36-pound Wishbone will instead get…

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The search for a suspect in the killing of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter entered a sixth day Monday — putting the case in uncharted territory for an agency with a recent track record of quickly apprehending killers of its own.

Since 1964, suspects in the killings of city officers have been…

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The photo has been on the refrigerator for years, of two young Maryland fans standing in enemy territory two days after the Terps won the 2002 national title over Indiana at the Georgia Dome.

After the family drove halfway home, stopping overnight in Greensboro, N.C., their father made an unexpected…

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Home buyers say they want the latest design trends in their next property—but 70 percent admit to having items in their current house that…

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The mortgage giant has announced it will restart its efforts to invest in a program that incentivizes investors to support affordable housing.

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The Baltimore Police Department plans to clear Monday the crime scene in Harlem Park where a gunman killed Detective Sean Suiter last week, police said, after officers locked down the neighborhood for six days.

With no suspect identified and the reward jumping higher and higher for information…

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Few things wound the soul of a city like the death of a public servant, a police officer or firefighter, and especially a police officer doing what Detective Sean Suiter was doing the other day when he was killed — trying to solve a homicide in a city riddled with violence.

Baltimore has so many…

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A third suspect has been arrested in the killing of a South Baltimore resident on Tuesday, city police said Friday.

Circumstances around Friday’s arrest — including the suspect’s name and where the suspect was arrested — were not immediately available.

Alexander Wroblewski was shot dead Tuesday…

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Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive late-night fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys.

Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live…

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When listing vacant lots or parcels of land, tailor your marketing strategy to reach a different audience than home sales.

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Tens of thousands are fleeing the storm-ravaged island and heading for Florida—where inventory is already severely crunched—and real…

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Baltimore Police officers searched Ashley Smith’s home on Bennett Place on Thursday morning, checking the windows in the back and her basement, after a city homicide detective was shot in the head nearby the night before.

The officer, identified as Det. Sean Suitor, died Thursday at Maryland Shock…

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Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter was an 18-year veteran of the force who spent the last two years investigating homicides during the city’s historic spike in killings.

Police say Suiter was investigating another killing in West Baltimore Wednesday afternoon when he was shot in the head. He was…

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Some organizations and lawmakers view the chief’s resignation as an opportunity to restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

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NAR says it’s “just getting started” in the fight to stop a tax reform package that threatens homeownership incentives.

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Police said three people being sought in connection with the killing of a 41-year-old man in South Baltimore have been apprehended in Georgia.

Details were not immediately available. Meanwhile, U.S. Marshals in Atlanta suggested the announcement was premature.

“We’ve still got things that are moving…

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The city of Baltimore on Wednesday rested its case against Lt. Brian Rice in his administrative trial on 10 charges he violated police department policy in the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray.

The move could clear the way for the testimony portion of the trial to conclude Wednesday afternoon, at which…

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Rural areas, particularly those in second-home or retiree havens, lack enough affordable and adequate housing for local working families,…

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The Senate must approve the bill if long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program is to take effect before it expires on Dec….

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President Donald Trump will discuss with aides how the White House and Republicans should deal with embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, an administration official said Tuesday, as party leaders in Congress escalated their fight to force Moore out of the campaign and threatened to expel… …read more



A week after making the pronouncement of his starting quarterback a “gametime decision,” Maryland coach DJ Durkin said at his weekly news conference Tuesday that sophomore Max Bortenschlager will start Saturday’s game at Michigan State “if he’s healthy.”

While the nature of Bortenschlager’s injury…

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The Senate’s top Republican said Monday that GOP candidate Roy Moore should quit his Alabama race amid allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. Moore fired back that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the one who should leave, saying he “has failed conservatives and…

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The administrative trial of Lt. Brian Rice on 10 charges he violated police policies during and after the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray began Monday with Neil Duke, the attorney prosecuting the case on behalf of the city, writing “WITH RANK COMES RESPONSIBILITY” in large letters on a white board.

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Prices have returned to bubble levels, but economists say what’s causing today’s rapid rise is different than 10 years ago, when the…

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A practitioner in Scottsdale, Ariz., was trapped inside during an open house when a diamondback rattlesnake came to the front door. See how he got…

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Hundreds of people gathered in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church and killed more than two-dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy led an emotional sermon that called on mourners…

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Based on Michigan’s results this season, there was some hope — however faint — of Maryland upsetting the Wolverines and going into its final home game against Penn State with a chance at becoming bowl eligible.

That pipe dream ended somewhere between a fake punt on which the Terps were improperly…

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The little boy had run out of food, and he was hungry, so he started knocking on doors. That’s when the neighbors realized something was terribly wrong.

The boy was 5 years old, a kindergartner and the son of a man who now lay dead from an overdose of fentanyl in his girlfriend’s house in Allegany…

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Gov. Larry Hogan called Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore “unfit for office” on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations made against Moore by four women.

Moore was the subject a Washington Post story in which women say he initiated relationships with them when they were minors in the…

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Comedian Louis C.K. released the following statement on Friday following allegations of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report:

“I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

These…

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The corruption indictments this year against Baltimore’s elite Gun Trace Task Force has produced an unintended — and undesirable — consequence: a major decline in gun arrests in the city.

As Baltimore struggles under surging gun violence, gun arrests are down 25 percent from last year.

Much of…

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A new study finds borrowers are less happy this year, but some lenders score high marks when it comes to customer satisfaction.

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The proposed tax reform bill preserves the $1 million cap on the mortgage interest deduction, but will still lead to higher…

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Baltimore County school interim superintendent Verletta White sent an email Thursday to school district employees saying that she should have reported income she received from a company that promotes education technology firms but that the consulting job did not pose a conflict of interest.

White…

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Gov. Larry Hogan marked Veterans Appreciation Month on Thursday by renewing his call for elimination of state income taxes on Maryland’s military retirees.

At a State House news conference, Hogan contended that such a move is needed to keep the state’s military retirees from moving to states that…

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The latest dip in Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index may be seasonally triggered.

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Najuane Phillpotts, 17, woke up extra early Wednesday morning and put on a black button-down shirt and tie.

As he drove his navy blue Volkswagen Golf to Milford Mill Academy, he kept thinking to himself that today was the day that would change his life.

His school hosted an instant admissions college…

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Welcomed to China with an outsized dose of pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump pronounced himself wowed by Beijing’s lavish greeting Wednesday at the start of a two-day visit in which he aims to employ flattery, scolding and cajolery to press the rising Asian power on trade and North Korea.

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Last week’s drop in borrowing costs wasn’t enough to entice refinancers and potential buyers to take out loans.

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Tweets can now use up to 280 characters.

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The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church went aisle to aisle looking for victims and shot crying babies at point-blank range, a couple who survived the attack said.

Meanwhile, investigators continued analyzing the gruesome crime scene Tuesday and tried to gain access to the…

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Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was found not guilty on all administrative charges in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

The verdict was handed down around 1 p.m. Tuesday, after the city announced the panel presiding over the case would reconvene at the University of Baltimore.

Three…

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