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BALTIMORE (AP) The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says the swine flu vaccine is now available to all Maryland residents. The vaccine is available at county health departments Tuesday and will be shipped to pharmacies.

BALTIMORE (AP) Lawyers for former CBS "Early Show" anchor Mark McEwen have appealed the dismissal of his medical malpractice lawsuit. A federal judge in Baltimore threw out McEwen's lawsuit earlier this year. McEwen suffered a massive stroke in 2005 he says could have been avoided if he'd received treatment for stroke-like symptoms two days earlier.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Maryland officials say the state is signing deals to buy electricity generated by four wind and solar projects in the region. Maryland Energy Administration Director Malcolm Woolf says the 20-year contracts will cover 23 percent of the electricity used annually by state agencies and institutions.

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