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Maryland Lawmakers, Waiting For Fiscal Cliff, Hold Off On State Budget Talks

The presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly say they need to see how negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" play out in D.C. before making definitive budget plans for the state's upcoming legislative session. 

State Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch met with Gov. Martin O'Malley Thursday in Annapolis, according to the Associated Press. Miller said they need to see how the outcome will affect Maryland before moving forward on major financing initiatives. 

Busch noted that between 50,000 and 90,000 jobs could be lost in Maryland if Washington goes over the cliff, across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases if an agreement isn't reached. 

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Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made Game of Pawns, a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government. The message is obvious: Don't be a spy.
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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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