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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) A panel of civilian scientists is urging the Army to be more transparent about its plans for an animal biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick. The National Academy of Sciences committee expressed its concerns today in a letter to the commander of the Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) New Castle County Police have charged a Newark man with choking and beating his pregnant girlfriend. Twenty-four-year-old Paul Henretty has been charged with strangulation, assault and other offenses.

CHICAGO (AP) The Baltimore Orioles travel to Chicago for a game tonight against the White Sox. The Orioles' Jake Arrieta faces the Sox's John Danks, who has lost three starts and is trying to avoid his second career winless April.

BALTIMORE (AP) Company officials say the merger of Constellation Energy and Exelon Corporation will be a plus for Baltimore. The companies say they also plan to build or renovate a new office center in Baltimore and invest more than $250 million in the state. Exelon will be headquartered in Chicago.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A man who told police he had slain a warlock when he shot his landlord has been found not criminally responsible for the crime. A judge this week found that Neal Manning lacked the capacity to understand the criminality of the killing. Manning has been ordered committed to a state facility.

BALTIMORE (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted a Baltimore woman for wire fraud in an alleged scheme to steal $400,000 from United Way of Central Maryland. The indictment alleges that Dorothy Talbot was responsible for depositing donations into a corporate account.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) A woman who pleaded guilty to a theft scheme that bilked the town of Princess Anne of more than $15,000 has received a suspended sentence. Latoshia Bailey was accused of submitting fraudulent worker hours to the town, then cashing paychecks for program employees who had not worked.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
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Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."
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Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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