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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Maryland Senate has moved closer to passing a measure that legalizes gay marriage. Senators voted 25-to-22 to advance a modified bill that includes more protections for religious institutions or groups that do not want to educate or provide insurance coverage to gay couples.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A jury that convicted a Maryland man of murder in the shooting of a Georgetown police officer has recommended that he be sentenced to death. The Sussex County jury recommended that 24-year-old Derrick Powell of Cumberland be executed for the 2009 shooting of patrolman Chad Spicer.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has left the team's spring training camp to receive x-rays for a sore neck. Roberts says he woke up with a neck problem this morning. He was not able to participate in the full-squad workout following a team meeting.

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