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Oct 30, 2013

A.G. candidates try to outdo each other on revenge-porn bills

Two state delegates battling for the Democratic nomination for Maryland attorney general will duel in Annapolis next year over how best to deal with revenge porn.

Sep 17, 2013

Md. shutters MyCashNow, sister firms

State regulators have issued a permanent cease-and-desist order against five online payday-lending and collection companies and their owner, saying the unlicensed companies were charging and collecting annual interest rates of 200 percent to more than 550 percent.

Jun 24, 2013

IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broad

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday. An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides “tea party,” lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also […]

Jun 6, 2013

Marion Barry got gifts from 2 D.C. contractors

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has reported receiving thousands of dollars in gifts from two construction firms that do business with the city, and the owner of one of the firms said Thursday he gave Barry the money to pay his bills because the former mayor was in a “tight crunch.” On his recent […]

Mar 7, 2013

Waterman cleared of illegal clamming due to lack of notice

There was nothing fishy about a waterman digging for clams in a protected zone of the Chesapeake Bay because the state natural resources department failed to publish the area’s specific boundaries, Maryland’s top court has held.

Feb 25, 2013

If you smoke, you’re out!

The Baltimore smoke-out has expanded. While the Orioles and Ravens may be smokin’ hot on the athletic turf, their fans won’t be allowed to light up in the sports complexes after March 4, the Maryland Stadium Authority said Monday.

Apr 25, 2012

High court hints at OK on Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON — Bucking the Obama administration, Supreme Court justices seemed to find little trouble Wednesday with major parts of Arizona’s tough immigration law that require police to check the legal status of people they stop for other reasons. But the fate of other provisions that make Arizona state crimes out of immigration violations was unclear […]

Apr 24, 2012

Va. lawyers: Executions are illegal practice of medicine

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia executioners who inject condemned inmates with lethal doses of drugs are illegally practicing medicine, pharmacy and anesthesiology without licenses, two Alexandria lawyers claim in a complaint filed Tuesday. Attorneys Meghan Shapiro and Christopher Leibig asked the Richmond Circuit Court for an injunction halting the allegedly unauthorized practices. The complaint says [...]

Feb 21, 2012

NYPD monitoring Muslim students sparks outrage

NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor faced off with the president of Yale University on Monday over efforts by the city’s police department to monitor Muslim student groups. The Associated Press revealed over the weekend that in recent years, the NYPD has kept close watch on Muslim student associations across the Northeast. The effort […]

Feb 21, 2012

No rockfish poaching incidents reported

ANNAPOLIS — Last year, the Maryland Natural Resources Police had to shut down rockfish season a month early because of serious poaching incidents, but this year, officers have, so far, encountered no illegal activity. Officers say the lack of poaching can be attributed to several factors, including milder weather, new technologies and tools, and a […]

Nov 9, 2011

4 charged in $5.7M cigarette ring

SCITUATE, R.I. — Four Syrian men are facing charges they participated in a cigarette smuggling ring in Rhode Island that relied on cigarettes from southern states with lower cigarette taxes to swindle the cash-strapped Ocean State out of an estimated $5.7 million in tax revenue, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators say the ring is the biggest […]

Jun 10, 2011

Maryland may make ‘bath salts’ drug illegal

Maryland’s health secretary is considering classifying synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” as controlled dangerous substances, making them illegal. Many states have already banned bath salts, which are often sold online and mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamines. They can be inhaled, smoked, injected or ingested. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of [[...]

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