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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) The D.C. region will be affected like no other by the Obama administration's proposed freeze on federal pay for the next two years. With an estimated 380,000 federal workers populating the region, the freeze could result in an annual loss of almost $750 million to the region's $410 billion economy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Bumpy whale fins are the inspiration for a new turbine blade designed by Naval Academy researchers that holds the promise of generating electricity from the tides. The blade was designed for underwater tidal turbines, which produce power much like wind power turbines do, but instead use the power of moving water.

WASHINGTON (AP) Poultry giant Perdue is being sued in New Jersey over claims its chickens are humanely raised. The Washington-based Humane Society of the United States says it filed the class-action lawsuit yesterday against the Salisbury-based company on behalf of a consumer.

BALTIMORE (AP) A man who threw his three-year-old son off a bridge in Baltimore will receive a maximum of 50 years in prison under a plea bargain. Forty-year-old Stephen Nelson pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) A Prince George's County Council member is facing an assault charge after allegedly attacking a county employee. A charging document says Marilynn Bland grabbed the individual and started screaming and cursing at him on Nov. 17 when he started a meeting without her.

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland's Chesapeake Bay restoration plan is going to be a few days late. A Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman said yesterday that state officials told the Environmental Protection Agency they need a few more days because of the large amount of public comment.

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