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  • Obama administration says deadline met for major website fixes

    Obama administration says deadline met for major website fixes
    — The Obama administration said Sunday that it has met its deadline to fix the major problems that have hobbled the federal health care website since its disastrous debut two months ago, but officials acknowledged more repairs are necessary....
  • A new year's thought — renewing old friendships [Senioro Circles]

    This is the start of a New Year and I decided to write about renewing old acquaintances.  What brought this subject to mind is my renewal of friendship with a resident of Morningside Assisted Living in Laurel, where I do a book club every two weeks.  I...
  • 3D store pops up for holidays in Baltimore

    3D store pops up for holidays in Baltimore
    Popping in to check out the newest store in Canton, Tony Vasiliades got a taste of what its founders hope will be commonplace in the near future. He smiled for the cameras — four of them, all going off at the same time. Now he has three-...
  • FDA drug proposal could right a Supreme Court wrong [Commentary]

    FDA drug proposal could right a Supreme Court wrong [Commentary]
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft proposal that would remedy an injury the Supreme Court dealt to generic-drug consumers two years ago in a case known as Pliva v. Mensing. In that decision, the court held that federal...
  • Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]

    Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]
    As Congress considers legislation aimed at limiting lawsuits filed by so-called patent "trolls" — those who collect patents solely so they can sue others for infringing upon them — there is another kind of intellectual property abuse that...
  • Republican weighs run for attorney general

    The Maryland Republican Party may have a prospect to run for attorney general in 2014, possibly giving it a candidate for an office it left uncontested in 2010. Richard Douglas, a lawyer, businessman and Iraq veteran, released a statement Tuesday in...
  • Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales

    Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales
    Consumers went in search of cyber deals Monday amid a barrage of emails and Web offers from retailers. But Cyber Monday may be losing its significance as the biggest online day of the season, thanks to this year's earlier and more diluted kickoff to...
  • Shoppers to get weeklong break on state sales tax

    Shoppers to get weeklong break on state sales tax
    Organizers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week are aiming to give back-to-school buying in August the kind of boost that Black Friday gives to holiday spending each fall. Now in its fourth year, the annual tax holiday gives consumers a break on the...
  • Shop wisely for electricity, gas

    Shop wisely for electricity, gas
    Letter writer Joel Bright did consumers a service by highlighting the value of shopping for electricity and natural gas service from the many competitive energy providers active in Maryland ("Consumers should shop around for the best gas and electricity...
  • Maryland goes after payday lenders' banks to stop illegal loans

    Maryland goes after payday lenders' banks to stop illegal loans
    Maryland's financial regulator is trying to stop illegal online payday loans by going after the banks that help make the loans possible. "Without the payday lender's bank, the payday lender can't operate in my state," said Mark Kaufman, commissioner with...
  • Diesel's day has arrived

    Diesel's day has arrived
    One hundred and twenty years ago this summer — in 1893 — Rudolf Diesel fired up a single-cylinder engine attached to a flywheel. The contraption was fueled by peanut oil. He must have been relieved as the engine sputtered to life because...
  • Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan

    Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan
    Some Maryland education officials lauded a presidential plan to make colleges more affordable by assigning them value ratings tied to federal financial aid, yet others feared the state's historically black colleges and universities would suffer. The...