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BALTIMORE (AP) Constellation Energy says requiring utilities to buy offshore wind power will cost customers billions at the expense of more cost-effective clean-energy alternatives. Gov. Martin O'Malley is supporting a bill to require state utilities to enter into decades-long contracts for offshore wind energy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland company says it will likely begin manufacturing wind turbine blades on Maryland's Eastern Shore in two years. AC Wind plans to spend at least $10 million retrofitting a plant in Salisbury to construct the 130-foot blades and could become the first manufacturer of wind turbine components in the state.

BALTIMORE (AP) The chief of staff for Baltimore's mayor will be leaving her post next month. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday that Sophie Dagenais plans to depart March 21. The mayor says the search for a new chief of staff is under way.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Officials say an inmate has escaped from the Plummer Community Corrections Center in Wilmington. Authorities say 29-year-old Pleasant Hardy was seen jumping over the center's wall about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

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The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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