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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Preliminary data shows $400 million in federal stimulus cash is going to local government and businesses in Prince George's County. County Executive Jack Johnson says the cash infusion has helped him avoid laying off hundreds of workers.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's governor says state schools were largely spared from budget cuts last time but now the crunch is coming. Gov. Martin O'Malley says the school superintendents should start searching hard for savings because of a looming $2 billion budget gap.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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