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Maryland House Expands Unemployment Benefits For Most, Decreases For Some

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

Unemployment benefits in Maryland will change under a bill approved by that state's House of Delegates. Gov. Martin Omalley pushed for these changes so the state could receive $127 million in federal stimulus money.

Overall, the changes make more people eligible for unemployment benefits. The bill would also increase benefits for people enrolled in job training programs while unemployed. But it eliminates benefits for other groups, including people who become sick or disabled and are not seeking employment anymore.

The changes would also allow businesses to spread out payments to Maryland's unemployment compensation fund and lower the interest rates for late payments through 2011. This was a compromise between the state's labor and business communities, and passed handily 101 to 33.

The measure now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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