Latest Maryland News

Authorities shield behind a police car near a public transportation bus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lutherville, Md., North of Baltimore. Per a twitter feed from the Baltimore Police, they are asking motorists to avoid the area. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Suspect arrested after barricading inside public transit bus

Aug. 14, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

LUTHERVILLE-TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) — A man barricaded himself inside a public transit bus in a Baltimore suburb Friday after he woke up and began making threats with a weapon, authorities said. Police received a call around 10:04 a.m. about the situation inside the bus, said Kevin Gay, a public information...

This photo provided by Council on American-Islamic Relations shows Lena Masri, national litigation director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Diamond Powell, 28, of Baltimore, CAIR staff attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, and Zainab Chaudry, director of CAIR's Maryland office during a online news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.    Powell, a Muslim woman who worked for a McDonald’s franchisee, sued her former employer, Susdewitt Management LLC, on Thursday, with the backing of attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  (Council on American-Islamic Relations via AP)

Muslim woman accuses McDonald's franchisee of discrimination

Aug. 14, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Muslim woman who worked for a McDonald’s franchisee in Maryland claims managers and co-workers sexually harassed her and subjected her to religious discrimination after she converted to Islam. Diamond Powell, 28, of Baltimore, sued her former employer, Susdewitt...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020 file photo, a small boat chugs along the Honga River near the Chesapeake Bay as the sky lights up at sunrise, in Fishing Creek, Md. Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation’s largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday, June 17 by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Report: Pennsylvania falls behind in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Aug. 14, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the health of the nation's largest estuary is continuing to improve. But it says Pennsylvania still isn't doing enough to reduce the amount of pollution that's flowing into the bay from the state. The Maryland-based nonprofit released a report on...

Maryland county votes to keep Confederate memorial

Aug. 14, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A county on Maryland's Eastern Shore has voted to keep a memorial honoring Confederate soldiers, sparking a protest outside the meeting as activists said officials had used the coronavirus pandemic as an "excuse" to shelve the issue. The Talbot County Council voted 3 to 2 to keep the...

Lawmakers call for hearings on severance for governor's aide

Aug. 14, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on Friday called for hearings into why Gov. Larry Hogan’s new chief of staff received a six-figure severance package when he left his job at an independent state agency to work in the governor’s office. Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker...

Three men exonerated in 1983 murder file federal lawsuit

Aug. 13, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three men who were wrongly imprisoned for more than 35 years each for a murder they did not commit filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Baltimore police, saying authorities coerced statements from witnesses whose testimony led to their convictions. The lawsuit filed in Baltimore by...

Maryland health department announces COVID-19 antibody study

Aug. 13, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s health department will collaborate with 13 hospitals to conduct an antibody study to determine how many people have been exposed to COVID-19 in the state, the department said Thursday. More than 6,000 people will be tested in the initial phase, the department said, and...

Rescue officials work near the rubble in the aftermath of an explosion in Baltimore, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has leveled several homes in the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Utility says equipment not to blame for Baltimore explosion

Aug. 13, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Gas and Electric said Thursday that all of its equipment had been operating safely before a gas explosion leveled three row homes, killed two people and sent seven more to the hospital. The exact cause of the fatal blast in Baltimore on Monday remains unknown. The utility said...

Maryland officials warn gun dealers about phishing scams

Aug. 13, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland have issued an advisory about an apparent email phishing scam targeting firearms dealers in the state. It was issued after the Maryland State Police Licensing Division was notified Tuesday about emails received by at least two firearms dealers, Maryland State...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...