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Maryland Senate Votes To Close Sexual Abuse Loophole

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The Maryland Senate has approved a measure that would let authorities charge any employee of a school for having sex with a student.

The bill's sponsor is Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, who says current state law only allows for full-time employees of a school to be charged with having sex with a student who is above the age of consent, which in Maryland is 16.

"There's a loophole there. Because it does not cover part-time and temporary employees. Which means it doesn't cover substitutes," he says. "And it doesn't cover a case like we saw in Montgomery County that we saw just a couple of years ago. Where there was a full-time teacher at a middle school, but who was a part-time coach at a high school."

The teacher in that case was never charged, even though authorities wanted to bring charges.

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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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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.
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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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