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WEATHER: Breezy and mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers before 10 a.m. and a high near 46. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with a low around 35.

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TOP NEWS

State troopers helping city police patrol high-crime areas: Baltimore police have enlisted state troopers to help with patrols as the city confronts a spike in crime, a move that puts to an end years of disagreement between the agencies over the state's role in local law enforcement.

Power restored in Arundel after BGE transmission lines blow: About 70,000 homes and businesses in Annapolis and other nearby parts of Anne Arundel County lost power Thursday night after a disruption to two main lines servicing the area, according to a BGE spokesman.

Md. native Josephine Gay, a Conn. shooting victim, remembered for spirit: Josephine Grace "Joey" Gay, a 7-year-old born in Columbia who died Dec. 14 in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, was recalled by her family for her "indomitable" spirit, love of the color purple and her generosity.

Violent weather system could spawn damaging winds in Baltimore: A strong low-pressure system causing blizzards across the Midwest is forecast to bring damaging winds across the Baltimore area Friday and Saturday. Forecasters expect sustained winds of up to 30 mph, prompting utility officials to warn of possible widespread power outages.

Boehner abandons fiscal cliff plan as Republicans balk: Republican lawmakers delivered a stinging rebuke to Speaker of the House John Boehner on Thursday when they failed to back an effort designed to extract concessions from President Barack Obama in year-end "fiscal cliff" talks.

SPORTS

RAVENS: Barring a dramatic workload increase over the Raven's last two regular season games, Ray Rice will have his fewest carries since 2009, his first year as a starter.  If there ever was a time for Rice to vent, this was it. Or so it seemed

Mike Preston: Will Ray Lewis dance one more time in a Ravens uniform at M&T Bank Stadium? A month ago, no one asked that question. Now, nothing is certain.

TRENDING

The Darkroom: As of this morning, the world didn't look headed for the apocalypse some say was predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar. Meanwhile, in parts of Central America, those of Mayan descent are celebrating the start of a new Mayan era.

Year in Review: We rounded up 2012's top news stories, sports news and, today, we look at the year in Baltimore celebrity gossip.

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