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BALTIMORE (AP) The Navy says a hospital ship based in Baltimore, the USNS Comfort, is being activated in case it's needed to support humanitarian operations in earthquake-stricken Haiti. The Defense Department's U.S. Southern Command hasn't officially said the ship will sail.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services is sending more staff to Haiti to help the impoverished country recover from a devastating earthquake. A spokesman says CRS has a staff of about 300 in Haiti. That includes 120 in Port-au-Prince.

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) Sentencing for a former Bethesda student for possessing bomb-making chemicals is set to begin today. Twenty-year-old Collin McKenzie-Gude pleaded guilty in September. His sentencing is scheduled to begin this morning in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

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