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Number Of Tickets For Distracted Driving In Maryland Skyrocket

Maryland State Police records show tickets for distracted driving offenses have skyrocketed since driving while using a hand-held cellphone became a primary offense in October.

Troopers issued nearly 6,800 electronic tickets for distracted driving offenses in the seven months from October through April. That's well more than the 5,000 electronic tickets they issued for distracted driving in all of 2013.

Electronic tickets are printed by devices in patrol cars that scan a driver's license. The figures don't include handwritten tickets.

Before last October, driving while using a hand-held cellphone was a secondary offense, meaning drivers couldn't be stopped for that reason alone.

Gov. Martin O’Malley recently sign a bill known as “Jake’s Law” to stiffen penalties for drivers who cause serious crashes while talking or texting on a handheld cellphone. The legislation was filed in memory of Jake Owen, a 5-year-old killed in a 2011 crash.


Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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