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Maryland slips to second in passing AP scores for the first time in a decade

Maryland's decade-long reign as the state with the greatest percentage of students to pass an Advanced Placement test has come to an end. The state placed second in the nation, with 30.4 percent of high school seniors passing the rigorous exams last year. Massachusetts finished first, with 31 percent...

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    • Top Trump envoys aim to repair damaged ties during visit to Mexico

      Top Trump envoys aim to repair damaged ties during visit to Mexico

      President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration....

    • Kellyanne Conway got pulled off the air for a week by the White House

      Kellyanne Conway got pulled off the air for a week by the White House

      If it feels like you haven't seen Kellyanne Conway on TV in a while, you are not imagining things. The counselor to President Donald Trump, one of the new administration's most visible faces, was pulled off the air by the White House, CNN's Dylan Byers reported Wednesday afternoon. Byers added...

    • Emails detail new EPA chief Scott Pruitt's close ties to fossil fuel industry

      Emails detail new EPA chief Scott Pruitt's close ties to fossil fuel industry

      In his previous role as Oklahoma's attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government"...

    • The 96 hours that brought down Milo Yiannopoulos

      The 96 hours that brought down Milo Yiannopoulos

      Before Milo Yiannopoulos gained (and lost) a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) invitation, a book deal and a job, the now-former Breitbart News writer had already said and written many offensive things. That's his appeal to the people who admire and elevate him: "Milo," the personality,...

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    • Maryland SPCA names new executive director

      Maryland SPCA names new executive director

      Maryland SPCA has hired a new executive director. James Peirce, 52, of Baltimore took over as the head of the Baltimore-based animal welfare and adoption organization in January. Peirce most recently worked as a vice president of the International Youth Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that...

    • Hopkins partnership with health real estate firm aims to expand service to the elderly

      Hopkins partnership with health real estate firm aims to expand service to the elderly

      Johns Hopkins Medicine said Wednesday it will work with health real estate firm Welltower Inc. to come up with programs and explore developing facilities to serve and treat the elderly. Welltower develops assisted-living centers, memory care facilities and other medical institutions for the elderly....

    • Sinclair misses analysts' estimates, but anticipates pivotal year ahead

      Sinclair misses analysts' estimates, but anticipates pivotal year ahead

      Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. turned in weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter results despite doubling profit, but the company said Wednesday it expects a boost this year from potential deregulation and the early phase of a new broadcast transmission system. "With … the potential for deregulation...

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    • Trump: Making America less safe again

      Trump: Making America less safe again

      The new immigration policies President Donald Trump's administration released Tuesday make America less humane; they target millions of people who have been in this country for years, have contributed to society and have raised children here. They make America less free because they portend the...

    • Md. drug pricing transparency bill misunderstands U.S. medicine market

      Md. drug pricing transparency bill misunderstands U.S. medicine market

      Maryland has a well-earned reputation as a growing hub for biomedical innovation, due in large part to strong economic development plans focused on the life sciences that have been supported by a succession of Democratic and Republican governors and the state legislature. Our state is home to not...

    • Md. drug transparency legislation is needed to keep costs down

      Md. drug transparency legislation is needed to keep costs down

      Last week, lawmakers in Annapolis debated the merits of two proposed bills aimed at promoting the affordability of prescription drugs. HB666/SB437 will require manufacturers to disclose the cost breakdown of drugs with a $2,500 or more annual price tag, including declaring how much is spent on...

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    • HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

      HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

      HIV infections in the United States have fallen for several years, and few places have seen a bigger drop than Maryland, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases in the state dropped an average of 7.5 percent per year from 2008 to 2014. That was...

    • Newsday, New York Times reviewing work of 'Pill City' author

      Newsday, New York Times reviewing work of 'Pill City' author

      A New York newspaper is reviewing the work of one of its former reporters after his new book on Baltimore was widely questioned by police and other officials here. Newsday managing editor Richard Rosen confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that the paper is reviewing the work of Kevin Deutsch, who worked...

    • Good Shepherd Services to close Baltimore County residential treatment program

      Good Shepherd Services to close Baltimore County residential treatment program

      Good Shepherd Services will close its troubled residential treatment program for adolescents in Halethorpe after two state agencies decided to withdraw the children they had placed there. The decision to withdraw the children followed moratoriums imposed late last year by the agencies on sending...

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