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50% of States Have Now Loosened Their Pot Laws

Maryland will jump on the bandwagon with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature

(Newser) - According to Pew research, at least 24 states have decriminalized marijuana, legalized it, or OKed its medical use (by this map , it looks like 26); Maryland looks poised to be the 18th in the decriminalization category, per the Baltimore Sun's count. With its approval by the state Senate yesterday,... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

Cops: Maryland Mall Shooter Didn't Know Victims

Aguilar's journal shows 'unhappiness with life'

(Newser) - The man who opened fire in a Maryland mall over the weekend, killing two skate shop employees before taking his own life, does not appear to have had any relationship with his victims, police say. Investigators aren't sure what Darion Marcus Aguilar's motive for the attack was, but... More »

Cops ID Maryland Mall Shooter

He is 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar

(Newser) - The shooter who killed two workers in a Maryland mall yesterday has been identified as 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar from College Park, police said today. Aguilar apparently arrived at the mall via taxi about an hour before the shooting; police still have no motive and aren't certain whether Aguilar... More »

Mall Victims Were Workers in Their 20s: Police

5 injured in Maryland attack

(Newser) - The two people killed in today's Maryland mall shooting —in addition to the suspected shooter—were workers at a store for skaters, police say. Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, worked at a store called Zumiez, the Washington Post reports. Five others were injured in the attack,... More »

3 Dead in Mall Shooting

Shooter in suburban Baltimore believed to be one of those killed

(Newser) - Police in suburban Baltimore say three people are dead in a shooting at a shopping mall this morning, reports the Baltimore Sun . One of the victims inside the Mall at Columbia was found near a gun and ammunition, and authorities think that person was the shooter, according to MyFoxDC . None... More »

Women Charged in Exorcism Killings Met in Church

Cops release chilling 911 calls

(Newser) - The Maryland mother and the friend who police say helped kill two of her children in what they called an exorcism had only recently met in a church where services feature the casting off of demons, ABC7 finds. Zakieya Avery and Monifa Sanford, who have been charged with murder in... More »

Maryland Mother Kills Her Toddlers in 'Exorcism'

2 older siblings also hurt but expected to survive

(Newser) - A Maryland mother and a second woman stand accused of killing two toddlers and attempting to kill two more in what they say was an exorcism. The Washington Post reports that 1-year-old Norell Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Harris were found stabbed multiple times and dead in the bed of their... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Biggest US Funeral Company Grows Despite Fears, Protests

Services Corporation International already owns 1,800 funeral homes

(Newser) - Vladimir Belostotsky was bowled over by the bill for his mom's funeral: $9,000. Luckily a lawyer helped him cut the fee by more than half, but he's still resentful that the Maryland funeral home overcharged him. "They take advantage of people in need," he said.... More »

Latest Secession Attempt: Western Maryland

Group wants to form its own, very sparsely populated, state

(Newser) - Secession is all the rage these days , and the latest movement is taking shape in Maryland. The Western Maryland Initiative, a group led by Scott Strzelczyk, is looking to break off the five western counties from the rest of the state, the Washington Post reports. Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and... More »

Plane Crashes Into Mobile Homes

Pilot injured in crash

(Newser) - A small plane crashed into two mobile homes today in Laurel, Maryland, leaving the pilot with serious but not life-threatening injuries, WUSA-9 reports. Witnesses say they heard "sputtering" above and suspected something was amiss; they came outside to investigate and heard the crash. The 70-year-old pilot was spotted on... More »

Amidst Heat Wave, County Shuts Off Water

Major water main in DC area needs to be replaced

(Newser) - Temperatures in the DC area are expected to hit the 90s this week, with heat indexes predicted to rise above 100 degrees ... yet Maryland's Prince George's County shut off the water for more than 100,000 people last night. Crews are trying to repair or replace a major... More »

Man Swims 5 Hours, Rescues Family

Swam 3 miles in bid to get help

(Newser) - Maryland can claim a new hero: John Riggs swam five hours in rough waters in a bid to save his family members, who were clinging to their capsized fishing boat two miles offshore in the darkness of Tuesday night. Riggs swam three miles, stopping only to rest on a buoy,... More »

After Rulings, Gay Marriage Access to Double

Within a year, it's available to 59M more people: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Nate Silver is illuminating the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings with his usual statistical wizardry. Some 59 million Americans who lacked access to legal gay marriage last August will have it by the time this August comes around. Early last year, just 35 million Americans lived in regions where... More »

Maryland Poised to Ban Death Penalty

Gov. O'Malley expected to sign the Assembly's bill

(Newser) - The Maryland General Assembly today approved a measure to ban capital punishment, which would make the state the 18th in the US to do so. It now needs the governor's approval. Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign it. Supporters argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially... More »

Maryland Man Dies of Rabies From Kidney Transplant

Organ came from Florida man who died of encephalitis

(Newser) - Maryland's first fatal case of rabies in nearly 40 years came from a kidney transplant, reports the Washington Post . At first doctors doubted the victim could have contracted rabies from the transplant because he received the kidney 15 months before his death, and rabies rarely has an incubation period... More »

Maryland County's Plan: Copyright Students' Work

It all stemmed from an Apple presentation...

(Newser) - As far as proposed Board of Education policies go, it's an unusual one: A Maryland county is looking to copyright the work created by its students and faculty. As the Washington Post explains, that means a kindergartener's finger-painted drawing would belong to the school system. But the Prince... More »

Next State to Ban Death Penalty: Maryland?

Yep, if Gov. Martin O'Malley has his way

(Newser) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants 2013 to be the year his state bans the death penalty once and for all, and he's not wasting any time in getting the ball rolling. The Democrat plans to introduce a bill outlining such a ban this week. If his bid is... More »

Same-Sex Marriages Begin in Maryland

NYE brings wedding bells to first Southern state to legalize gay marriage

(Newser) - New Year's Eve parties overlapped with Maryland's first same-sex marriage parties as 2013 began in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to legalize gay marriage. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake married 68-year-old mayor's office employee James Scales to his male partner of 35 years shortly after... More »

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