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In a Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 photo, Robert T. Brown, right, president of the Maryland Waterman's Association, dredges for oysters with Matt Bernd on the Chesapeake Bay near Ridge, Md. A study estimated market-sized oysters dropped from 600 million in 1999 to about 300 million in the Maryland portion of the bay in 2018. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Chesapeake Bay oysters get more attention at pivotal time

Dec. 23, 2019 11:53 AM EST

RIDGE, Md. (AP) — Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation critical to the health of the nation's largest estuary. On an overcast November morning,...

FILE - This July 22, 2015 file photo shows the Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, where Sandra Bland was found dead. “Jails are understaffed and often very understaffed,” said Diana Claitor, executive director of the Texas Jail Project, which advocates for inmates and their families. “You know you have to check a suicidal inmate, but at the same time, another crisis or fight occurs down the hall, and you have to go there. If you don’t have any extra personnel because someone is sick, you’re doing everything alone.” (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Ambitious Texas law fails to make dent in jailhouse suicides

Dec. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EST

In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to provide backup....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. A jury is set to hear attorneys' closing arguments in the trial of Urbanski who is charged with murder for fatally stabbing a black college student at a bus stop on the University of Maryland's campus. Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Urbanski's trial over the May 2017 killing of 23-year-old Richard Collins III. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Man guilty in Maryland college student's fatal stabbing

Dec. 18, 2019 5:11 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A white man was found guilty of murder on Wednesday for stabbing a black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus, a crime that prosecutors had claimed was racially motivated. Sean Urbanski, 24, faces a maximum sentence of life in...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. A judge on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, dismissed a hate crime charge against Urbanski, a white man who stabbed a black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Judge drops hate crime charge in student's fatal stabbing

Dec. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a hate crime charge against a white man who stabbed a black college student to death at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus. But a jury trial will continue Wednesday for Sean Urbanski, 24, on a murder charge in the May 2017 killing...

Audit: Medical system board was 'deeply compromised'

Dec. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland Medical System paid $500,000 to buy the self-published books of Baltimore's now disgraced ex-mayor, but there's no evidence any system executives ever read them or that a process was in place to determine their fair market value, an audit released Friday...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. A trial is scheduled to begin this week for Urbanski, charged with a hate crime in the 2017 fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Jury selection starts for trial in college student's killing

Dec. 9, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the trial of a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland’s campus. Jurors are expected to hear opening statements for Sean Urbanski’s trial later this week....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Maryland Police Department shows Sean Urbanski. A trial is scheduled to begin this week for Urbanski, charged with a hate crime in the 2017 fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus. (University of Maryland Police Department via AP, File)

Jury to decide if college student's killing was hate crime

Dec. 8, 2019 9:23 AM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Three friends were waiting at a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus around 3 a.m. on a Saturday when a stranger approached them, screaming. "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," the 22-year-old white man told the friends, according to police. ...

In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo, students walk on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. That's according to an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

As stigma ebbs, college students seek mental health help

Nov. 25, 2019 11:59 AM EST

More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand, an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities found. On some...

Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, right, leaves U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Pugh of arranging fraudulent sales of her

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in...

Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announces an 11-count indictment against former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at a news conference in Baltimore on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The disgraced former mayor has been charged with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Ex-Baltimore mayor charged in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scandal

Nov. 20, 2019 4:21 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of arranging...