Governor Martin O'Malley presents his budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
Governor Martin O'Malley presents his budget for the 2014 fiscal year. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)

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Maryland budget reflects improving economy: Gov. Martin O'Malley released a $37 billion spending plan Wednesday that for the first time in recent years contains no drastic cuts or proposed tax increases.

State scraps plans to build youth jail in Baltimore: After years of community opposition, state officials have abandoned plans to build a new Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults, unveiling Wednesday a plan to send more teens to treatment programs.

Former Naval Academy instructor faces sexual assault charges: A Marine Corps officer who worked as an instructor at the Naval Academy has been accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman in his Annapolis apartment following the annual croquet match between the academy and St. John's College in 2011.
Supporters really for Harford teen accused of killing father: More than 20 people rallied in the rain Wednesday outside the Harford County courthouse in Bel Air for Robert C. Richardson III, who is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder in the death of his father.

Obama makes biggest gun-control push in decades: President Barack Obama launched the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations on Wednesday, urging Congress to approve an assault weapons ban and background checks for all gun buyers to prevent mass shootings.


RAVENS: As the Ravens get ready for an AFC championship game rematch with the New England Patriots, wide receiver Torrey Smith suddenly finds himself as a marked man.

ORIOLES: With Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette locked up through 2018, the club's most intriguing lock-down target is now catcher Matt Wieters.

TERPS: With Alex Len's final-second put-back, the Terps edged out a win over No. 14 North Carolina State, 51-50.


Notre Dame quarterback Te'o embroiled in girlfriend hoax: Manti Te'o's ascendancy to national star and Heisman Trophy candidate was jet-propelled by the personal backdrop of a girlfriend tragically lost to leukemia in September. Except that girlfriend never existed.