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Judge Blocks First US Tax on Digital Advertising

Maryland law also is being opposed in federal court

(Newser) - The nation's first tax on digital advertising was struck down as unconstitutional by a Maryland judge on Monday. It's a law that attorneys for Big Tech have contended unfairly targets companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon in a separate federal case against the same law, the AP reports....

All Charges Dropped Against Adnan Syed

There will be no retrial for 'Serial' star, who served 23 years for ex Hae Min Lee's murder

(Newser) - After Adnan Syed's murder conviction was overturned , Sarah Koenig, the one-time host of the Serial podcast that made his case famous, noted the chance of him facing a retrial was slim . Now it's zero, according to TMZ . The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office on Tuesday dropped...

An Unwanted and Inhospitable Lighthouse Finally Sells

Hooper Island Lighthouse went for way more than the starting price

(Newser) - The federal government has sold off a rather inhospitable lighthouse in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay for a six-figure sum after a bidding war at auction. The Hooper Island Lighthouse, located west of Middle Hooper Island in Maryland's Dorchester County, at first drew little interest, reported the Washington ...

Hae Min Lee's 'Disappointed' Family Files an Appeal

Her brother says hearing that set subject of 'Serial' podcast free wasn't conducted properly

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, convicted and imprisoned for more than two decades after his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, was murdered in 1999, "couldn't believe" his conviction was overturned earlier this month. Neither could Lee's brother, Young Lee, and he's now appealing the decision of Baltimore Circuit Court Judge...

Suit: She Gave Birth on Jail Cell Floor as Staff Laughed

Jazmin Valentine alleges she was ignored during her 6-hour labor

(Newser) - A woman who said she was left to give birth to her baby alone on the dirty, concrete floor of her jail cell in Maryland filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that jail nurses ignored her screams and pleas for help for six hours. Jazmin Valentine alleges some nurses working...

This Is the Happiest State in America
This Is the Happiest
State in America

This Is the Happiest State in America

Hawaii tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia lands at the bottom

(Newser) - Happiness is said to be a state of mind—but what state you're in could affect that state. WalletHub wanted to find out where people in the US are at their most content, especially in the wake of the worst of the pandemic and amid new stressors like inflation....

50 Years After Deputy Sheriff's Murder, a Confession

Man interviewed decades ago admits to fatal 1971 shooting: police

(Newser) - A man has reportedly confessed to the murder of a Maryland deputy sheriff that has remained unsolved for a half-century. Larry David Smith, who formerly went by Larry David Becker, admitted to fatally shooting Montgomery County Special Deputy Sheriff Capt. James Tappen Hall in 1971 in what became the police...

Delaware Man Has Unusual Luck With Maryland Lottery

Duane Ketterman, who travels for work, has racked up $50K from 2 separate winnings in 5 weeks

(Newser) - It was Duane Ketterman's lucky day—and then it was his lucky day again, just five weeks later. CNN reports that the man from Millsboro, Del., won the lottery in neighboring Maryland not once but twice in about a month's time, taking home nearly $50,000 in the...

Cops: 'Old Man Bandit' Got Out of Jail, Began Robbing Banks Again

Steven Gregory Gass didn't learn his lesson in prison the first time around, say Maryland police

(Newser) - The "Old Man Bandit" has been arrested after trying to rob a Maryland bank—one of dozens he's targeted over a criminal career spanning 45 years, according to police. Montgomery County Police say Steven Gregory Gass, 67—who served more than eight years in prison in Florida after...

This State's Health Care Ranks No. 1

Rhode Island tops WalletHub's list; Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that the average American spends more than $12,000 annually on health care—and that's not even counting the costs incurred by COVID. That's why it's beneficial, if possible, to set down roots in a place where you can...

Here's the Democrat Winner in Closely Watched Maryland Race

Wes Moore will run against Dan Cox for governor

(Newser) - Update: Bestselling author Wes Moore won the Democratic primary for Maryland governor, it was announced Friday, setting up a general election contest against Republican Dan Cox, a hard-line conservative endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Moore, the author of the book The Other Wes Moore and the former CEO of...

Governor's Race in Maryland Has Democrats' Attention

GOP's Larry Hogan can't run again, providing Democrats one of few opportunities to gain a flip

(Newser) - One of the best opportunities for Democrats to regain a governor’s office this year is in Maryland, and the race to succeed term-limited Republican Larry Hogan has drawn a crowd of candidates. Winning back the seat shouldn't seem so tough for Democrats in a state where they outnumber...

Cops: Suspect in Md. Mass Shooting Worked at Plant

Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of W. Va. charged with first-degree murder after 3 co-workers were fatally shot

(Newser) - Update: A suspect has been charged in a mass shooting that left three people dead at a manufacturing plant where he worked in Smithsburg, Md. In a Friday statement , the Washington County Sheriff's Department reported that 23-year-old Joe Louis Esquivel of West Virginia was hit with three counts of...

Armed Man Arrested Near Brett Kavanaugh's Home

Authorities say he'd been making threats against the Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Police in Maryland arrested an armed man near the home of Brett Kavanaugh, and they say he told officers he wanted to kill the Supreme Court justice, reports the Washington Post . The suspect hasn't been identified and has been described only as a man in his 20s from California....

Baltimore Sues Manufacturer of Untraceable 'Tools of Death'

City alleges Polymer80 'profit[s] from destroying our communities'

(Newser) - The city of Baltimore has joined Los Angeles and Washington, DC, in suing one of the nation's largest manufacturers of untraceable ghost guns , labeling the weapons without serial numbers a "devastating menace" to residents and Americans at large. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced the lawsuit against Polymer80, Inc....

Cause of Death Determined for Guy Who Lived With 124 Snakes

Maryland man died of accidental snake envenomation

(Newser) - Update: The cause of death has been determined for the Maryland man found dead amid the 124 snakes he kept as pets in his home. David Riston died of “snake envenomation,” per the state medical examiner’s office, which ruled the 49-year-old's death accidental, NBC News reports....

3 Weeks Later, Container Ship Still Stuck in the Chesapeake

Officials now say they'll start taking hundreds of containers off the Ever Forward to break it loose

(Newser) - Update: The Ever Given was stuck in the Suez Canal for a week. A similar ordeal for the Ever Forward, also owned by Evergreen Marine Corp., in the Chesapeake Bay has lasted a lot longer than that, and officials are now shifting strategy to get that vessel unstuck. The Guardian...

Here Are the 10 Best States for Remote Workers

The Garden State tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - During the pandemic, much of America got a taste of what it's like to be a full-time telecommuter. Now that many businesses have started to open back up, a good number of them are allowing workers to remain remote. To see which states are most conducive to this type...

Dentist Charged With Murder After Girlfriend's Overdose

Texts allegedly reveal James Ryan 'continuously fed' Sarah Harris' addiction

(Newser) - A Maryland dentist has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, a former patient and employee, whom he was allegedly supplying with drugs. Sarah Harris, 25, had been living with 48-year-old James Michael Ryan in Clarksburg for seven months when she died of an anesthesia overdose...

Adnan Syed Catches a Break
Adnan Syed
Catches a Break

Adnan Syed Catches a Break

Prosecutors agree to new DNA testing of crime scene evidence

(Newser) - Adnan Syed would have been released from prison this year if he'd admitted guilt in the killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, when Syed was 17. Now 40, he remains holed up in a Maryland prison serving life, though he's pushing for a sentence reduction...

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