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Federal Indictment Highlights Out Of Control Baltimore Prison

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A federal indictment handed down yesterday in Baltimore paints a picture of an out of control prison in charm city where the inmates were living a charmed life.

Thirteen female corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have been charged with federal racketeering. The indictment accuses the officers of helping a national criminal gang called the Black Gorilla Family run a highly profitable drug dealing and money laundering operation out of the jail.

The officers were reportedly given cash and allowed access to luxury vehicles in return for sneaking cell phones, drugs and other contraband into the jail for inmates, who then sold that contraband for triple or more of their street value.

The indictment says officers also engaged in sex with gang leaders, and one of the gang members also impregnated four officers. Federal officials were very critical of the Maryland State Prison System, and the case is an embarrassment for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The Maryland agency that oversees state prisons is promising a shakeup.

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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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