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Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase

Frederick Roy Miller also shot girl's grandfather, great-grandmother

(Newser) - Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post... More »

White Teacher Wins $350K in Racial-Bias Case

Jon Everhart, 65, says black principal was out to get him

(Newser) - A former Maryland high school teacher has won $350,000 in a racial-bias case against his old school system—and he also happens to be white. "Justice was served," Jon Everhart, 65, tells the Washington Post . "I do feel as though I have been vindicated." Everhart... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits 5 in Chesapeake

One woman spends a month recovering after getting infected during kayak trip

(Newser) - A Maryland woman is lucky after a "wee beastie" invaded a cut on her foot while she enjoyed the waters of the Patuxent River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The aggressive, flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacteria multiply in warm weather and can cause skin and blood infections and intestinal illness,... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

Severe Storms Kill 5 in NY, Maryland

4 homes destroyed near Syracuse

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when fierce storms lashed several East Coast states last night, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in New York and Pennsylvania. In Smithfield, a town between Syracuse and Utica in New York state, four people were killed when a storm ripped four... More »

Illegal Smallpox Turns Up in Maryland Lab

It may have been there since the 1950s

(Newser) - Smallpox is a terrifying pathogen that by international agreement can be studied only at two labs in the world, one in the US and one in Russia. So it's just a wee bit disconcerting that another lab in Maryland just realized it's had some lying around, apparently for... More »

Maryland Cops to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting

Names, addresses of johns to be published

(Newser) - Cops in Maryland are planning to use new media as they tackle the world's oldest profession by live-tweeting a prostitution sting. "We won't tell you when or where, other than that it's somewhere in the county next week," reads a blog post from the Prince... More »

Md. Candidate: Iraq Vet Can't Handle 'Real Job' as Governor

Veterans' group angry over AG Doug Gansler's comment

(Newser) - Maryland's attorney general is playing defense after implying his opponent in the governor's race primary, Iraq War veteran and the current lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, can't face a "real job." Discussing the Maryland health website's troubles, Doug Gansler said he's "running against... More »

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 »

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