WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 46 degrees. It is expected to be mostly clear tonight with a low temperature around 34 degrees.

TRAFFIC

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

State taxes to go 'virtually paperless': In an effort to hold down costs, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Wednesday that he planned to make the process of filing income taxes in Maryland "virtually paperless" by 2014.

Man pleads guilty to stealing $1.4M from city Housing Authority: A man from the District of Columbia pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit bank fraud as part of a plan to gain about $1.4 million from the Baltimore Housing Authority, prosecutors said.

Annapolis elections board won't rule on Kirby residency: The Annapolis panel that oversees elections said Wednesday that it lacks the authority to investigate the residency of Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, who does not have a permanent home, leaving the matter to the mayor and city council to decide.

Fatal two-car crash in Baltimore County: A woman, who police say was in her 30s, died at the scene on Route 1, between Perry Hall and Kingsville. The second person was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The head-on collision occurred around 4 p.m.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Mayor invites family, donors, business allies to skybox: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's guests in the city's private skybox at Ravens games this past season included a small circle of city employees, prominent business leaders, donors to her campaign, and several family members, documents show.

Maryland joins nationwide mortgage settlement: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has agreed to join other states in a multibillion-dollar settlement -- a landmark agreement that would aid homeowners who were victims of shoddy and illegal foreclosure paperwork practices.

Testimony shows volatile relationship between lacrosse player, girlfriend: Two months before Yeardley Love's bruised body was found in a pool of blood in her apartment near the University of Virginia, George Huguely V had violently wrestled her to the ground in a "choke hold," prosecutors said Wednesday.

BWI among airports to adopt prescreening program: Before year's end, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be part of a passenger prescreening program that allows low-risk travelers to keep their belts and shoes on and their laptops in their bags as they go through security.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]