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Editorial: Higher taxes on cigarettes make good sense

MARYLAND HAS one of the highest state-imposed cigarette tax rates in the nation ($2 per pack) and, unsurprisingly, one of the lowest smoking rates. Virginia has the lowest cigarette tax rate in the nation (30 cents per pack); its smoking rate is almost 20 percent higher than...
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On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

Boston Marathon runner Jessica Boucher, of Arlington, Va., places flowers at a memorial honoring the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. The memorial is where the first explosion happened last year near the finish line. (AP...

Search For 2 Missing Lake Erie Boaters Continues

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A state agency continues to search western Lake Erie for two boaters who disappeared days ago with two others whose bodies have been recovered. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says two boats with the department’s watercraft division were...

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43. His sister Mary Huston says Sharp died in Fair Oaks, Calif., at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of...
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Ahead of vote, Syria’s Assad visits seized village

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, holds a broken religious mosaic, during his visit to the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday April, 20, 2014. Assad toured a historic Christian village...
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Prizefighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76

AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a...

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. But five other deaths from injuries reported by a hospital official could raise the...

Lerner Raises Doubts About Future At Villa

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — American businessman Randy Lerner has raised doubts about his future as Aston Villa chairman by saying he will address “steady rumors of a sale” of the Premier League club at the end of the season. Villa released a statement on Sunday, in...

Fracking Foes Cringe As Unions Back Drilling Boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale fracking boom. That vocal...

Panel’s Role In Cleveland Police Ruling Questioned

CLEVELAND (AP) — A lawyer for families of men killed in separate 2012 shootings by Cleveland police — including a 137-bullet chase under federal investigation — questions a grand jury’s role in a county prosecutor’s ruling this week. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh)...