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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Maryland Senate has approved a scaled back medical marijuana bill that includes a new defense for people who use it for medical reasons. The bill provides an "affirmative defense" for anyone who is prosecuted for using marijuana for medicinal purposes with a doctor's permission.

BALTIMORE (AP) Senator Barbara Mikulski asked Maryland utility regulators today to toughen state power reliability standards. She says frequent power outages for Pepco customers have a profound effect on the state's residents and the economy.

LEWES, Del. (AP) Officials are getting ready to offer the first lease of a commercial wind power site off the coast of Delaware. They say, however, that no potential customers to NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware have emerged.

BALTIMORE (AP) The new menu at Oriole Park includes O-shaped pretzels, crab cakes and bratwurst cooked in National Bohemian beer. Delaware North Companies Sportservice had promised to return Baltimore's tastes and traditions to the park. The company, for example, sampled more than 50 area crab cakes before settling on a recipe.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A group of senators wants to give Maryland's four Medal of Honor recipients a free ride when they renew their driver's licenses or car registrations. The Senate will debate the measure today that would save honorees the $30 Motor Vehicle Adminstration charges to renew driver's licenses and the $128 it charges to renew car registrations.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) Prince George's County authorities are investigating a double-shooting in District Heights that has left one man dead.

Police were called to the shooting in the 2900 block of Victory Lane about 4:30 this morning.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The recently recovered remains of 11 World War II airmen are being laid to rest today at Arlington National Cemetery. The men were aboard a B-24D Liberator that disappeared Nov. 20, 1943, near the northern coast of New Guinea.

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland officials will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius to celebrate the one-year anniversary of federal health care reform.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler will attend a roundtable discussion today in Baltimore to address how the law is affecting women and families.

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