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Maryland Sequestration Could Cut Thousands Of Jobs

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A memo written by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management notes that the cuts caused by sequestration could cause the state to lose more than 12,000 jobs. The State Board of Revenue Estimates projects Maryland's wage and salary base could be reduced by about $2.5 billion as a result.

The budget officials' memo points out that Maryland's economy is especially vulnerable to federal cuts, because 5.5 percent of the state's workers are employed by the federal government, compared to the national average of about 2 percent.

However, about two-thirds of federal funding to Maryland is exempt from the sequestration.

The $100 billion in federal cuts are set to kick in Jan. 2, unless Congress figures out a way to avoid them.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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