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One New Stat Shows Extent of Opioid Problem

Opioid-related ER visits nearly doubled in 10 years

(Newser) - The severity of America's opioid epidemic was captured in a dire government report published Tuesday. According to the report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality , the rate of opioid-related emergency room visits nearly doubled between 2005 and 2014, increasing a whopping 99%. The report also found... More »

Cops: Fatal Ambush of 2 Teens Was a Revenge Killing

3 arrested in shooting of two high school seniors about to graduate in Maryland

(Newser) - Three people have been charged with killing two Maryland teens who were found dead the night before their high school graduation, and police said they believe the slayings were revenge for a robbery that one of the teens was rumored to have committed. The three are charged in the deaths... More »

Md. Teens Gunned Down Hours Before Graduation

2 killed as they sat in parked car in Germantown

(Newser) - Honor roll students Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem Ziberov were to walk across the stage at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., on Tuesday to accept their diplomas. Their absence instead put a solemnity on what should've been a celebration. Hours earlier on Monday night, the teenagers were killed... More »

Pro-Life School Shamed Me for Pro-Life Decision

18-year-old Madeline Runkles punished after getting pregnant

(Newser) - "When girls like me who go to pro-life schools make a brave pro-life decision, we shouldn’t be hidden away in shame," 18-year-old Madeline Runkles writes in the Washington Post . Everything was going as planned for Runkles: She was president of the student council with a 4.0... More »

Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

In Quest for YouTube Views, Couple Loses Custody of Kids

YouTube stars Mike and Heather Martin lose custody of 2 of 5 kids after abuse allegations

(Newser) - A Maryland couple famous on YouTube for what they originally painted as "pranks" on their kids have lost custody of two of their five children after a public outcry, the Independent and Washington Post report. Rose Hall of North Carolina, the biological mom of 9-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Cody—... More »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... More »

Agent Who Guards Pence Suspended After Prostitute Visit

Security clearance has been revoked after he's seen leaving prostitute's hotel room

(Newser) - More embarrassment for the Secret Service: Law enforcement sources tell CNN that an agent on Mike Pence's security detail was suspended after he was seen leaving a prostitute's room at a Maryland hotel last week. Sources say the agent, who was off-duty at the time, was charged with... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes Near Maryland Homes

Pilot ditched in nearby woods

(Newser) - A fighter pilot on a training mission ditched his jet in a wooded area Wednesday so that the plane would avoid crashing into a suburban Washington, DC, neighborhood, the military says. The F-16C, which military officials said was at least 30 years old and worth $20 million, went down about... More »

Rape Accusation at School Leads to Immigration Outcry

One of 2 teens accused in sexual assault came from Guatemala

(Newser) - A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the US illegally. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault... More »

Another Judge Just Ruled Against Trump's Travel Ban

Decision in Maryland follows earlier one in Hawaii

(Newser) - President Trump's revised travel ban just suffered its second legal blow in a matter of hours. Early Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland ruled against the president's restrictions on travelers from six nations, reports CNN . It follows a more sweeping decision out of Hawaii on Wednesday that temporarily... More »

7 Examples of Baltimore Cops' Alleged Corruption

They're all charged with racketeering

(Newser) - They weren't cops—they were "1930s-style gangsters," according to their police chief. Seven Baltimore officers who were part of an elite task force created to take illegal guns off the street have been charged in a corruption scandal after a yearlong investigation, reports the Baltimore Sun . Some... More »

Cars Can't Seem to Stop Crashing Into This House

Homeowner says drivers 'fly' down a nearby hill

(Newser) - For the fifth time, a Maryland house has been the victim of an out-of-control car. "When he crashed into the wall, I said, 'Damn, another car hit my house,'" homeowner Leonard Miller, 88, tells Fox 5 DC . Miller has lived in the Prince George's County... More »

School Employee Loses Job After Going Viral on Twitter

She gently teased a student about his spelling

(Newser) - A Maryland public school district has fired one of its employees a week after one of her tweets for the district went viral. On Jan. 5, in response to a tweet from a student directed at the Frederick County Public Schools Twitter account asking for schools to close "tammarow,... More »

Fun Father-Son Sledding Outing Ends in Tragedy

Maryland man, 35, died after car slammed into sled; 4-year-old son expected to recover

(Newser) - Authorities say a man who was sledding with his son when they were hit by a vehicle in Maryland has died. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that 35-year-old Adam French of Baltimore died Sunday night, the AP reports. Officials say French's 4-year-old son,... More »

Major Crashes, Some Fatal, as Winter Weather Hits Eastern US

Two were killed in a fiery crash on Baltimore highway

(Newser) - A blast of cold air caused rain and wet roads to freeze across the Eastern US, triggering major traffic pileups in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, the AP reports. Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark said two people were killed and at least 15 were injured in a 55-vehicle accident... More »

Arguers Take Fight to the Mat—Filled With Legos: Cops

It happened in Maryland and man, does that sound painful

(Newser) - As any parent can tell you, walking over Legos with bare feet can be excruciating—but how it feels to roll around in them requires further clarification. One person who may able to lend some insight: Jesse William Robert Jenkins, a 23-year-old Maryland man who was arrested Thursday after a... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Teacher Filmed Screaming at Kids. Then Came the N-Word

The Baltimore science teacher has since been fired

(Newser) - In the first 30 seconds of the video, the Baltimore teacher grabs a student by the hood of his shirt and screams at him to leave her class. Then things take a turn. The video shows the unidentified white female teacher calling her classroom of mostly black students "idiots,... More »

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