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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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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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