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O'Malley To Lay Out Legislative Agenda Including Minimum Wage Increase

Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative priorities will include a measure to advance efforts to create a unified communications network for first responders.

Nina Smith, O'Malley's press secretary, said more details about the governor's top goals for the legislative session will be released Monday.

A main focus will be to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016. The current wage is $7.25 an hour. O'Malley, a Democrat, also wants to index the minimum wage to keep up with inflation.

His minimum wage proposal also would increase the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will push for added protections for domestic violence victims, and an expansion of prekindergarten.

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Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.
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Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
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Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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