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BALTIMORE (AP) Investigators say a five-alarm fire in Baltimore's adult entertainment district was not accidental, but they haven't yet determined if it was arson. The Dec. 6 fire destroyed a building that was home to two strip bars and an adult bookstore and formed a cloud of black smoke over downtown.

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) A military jury is expected to vote soon on a punishment for an Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief. Military proceedings against Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin are expected to wrap up today at Fort Meade in Maryland.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) Ocean City plans a public hearing in February to get public opinion on replacing the 2.25-mile-long boardwalk. The project could take two to three years to complete.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) State officials say the economy shows some signs of rebounding, but it's still sluggish. The state comptroller says he's concerned about the lingering effects of the recession.

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As Democrats Eye Senate Control, GOP Likely To Hold Slim House Majority

Democrats need a wave election to win the 30 seats they need to flip the House. But even with Hillary Clinton gaining in polls, Republicans are likely to hold onto their House majority, albeit a slimmer one.

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

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