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    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) State Sen. Ulysses Currie, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in September, is no longer unopposed in November's election for his Senate seat. Sixty-three-year-old Jennifer Lowery-Bell is running as a Democratic write-in candidate.

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey attorney general's office says an abortion doctor was ``grossly negligent'' for transporting some patients to Maryland to take advantage of disparities in the two states' abortion laws. New Jersey is seeking to have Doctor Steven Brigham's license suspended or revoked.

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) New Castle County police say a Maryland man has been charged with theft after nearly $5,000 in stolen jewelry was recovered at cash-for-gold dealer. Police say the jewelry was stolen nearly two months ago from a home in New Castle and was taken to a dealer at Christiana Mall.

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Had Matt Birk chosen to use his Harvard degree in the business world, he probably would have a secure 9-to-5 office job that requires a suit and tie. Yet Birk pursued a career in the NFL. Now in his second year with the Baltimore Ravens after a long run with Minnesota, the 34-year-old Birk has no regrets.

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    Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

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