AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man who the government sought to prosecute as an example to others considering joining militant fighters in Syria is expected to stay in federal prison. Basit Sheikh was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in August to providing material support to a terrorist group. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
MISSING BOY-NORTH CAROLINA
GASTONIA, N.C. — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who disappeared after running off in a North Carolina park died of accidental drowning. SENT: 230 words, photo.
— CONGRESS-JUDICIAL NOMINATION: The Republican-led Senate has delayed a confirmation vote on a judicial nominee opposed by civil rights groups, highlighting the fragile support for President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the nation’s longest court vacancy.
— GIRL ABDUCTED-MULTISTATE SEARCH: Investigators tracked a kidnapped girl across multiple states and found her safe in Oklahoma, 900 miles (1,448 kilometers) from her North Carolina home.
— NEW SHERIFF-EMPLOYEES DISMISSED: An incoming North Carolina sheriff has dismissed 25 workers from the sheriff’s office.
— CAR STOLEN-KIDS INSIDE: Police in North Carolina say a man stole a car with three children inside.
— VA TUBERCULOSIS: Patients and staff at a Veterans Affairs center in North Carolina are being tested for tuberculosis after a former patient tested positive.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —A jury has been told there is no dispute that a man on trial for killing a woman at a white nationalist rally plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The only question is: Did he intend to harm or kill people in the crowd or was he simply afraid for his life? By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.
COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 350 words.
TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT
WASHINGTON —A pardon for Paul Manafort is “not off the table,” President Donald Trump said, drawing swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russia probe. By Chad Day. SENT: 660 words, photos.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $281.8 million. The Chesapeake, Virginia-based company said it had net income of $1.18 per share. SENT: 220 words.
— SANTA ACTOR DIES: Hours after he donned a Santa Claus costume for a tree-lighting at a historic Virginia hotel, a local actor died.
— OLD DOMINION-THREAT: Virginia’s Old Dominion University has decided to close its campus for an entire day following an anonymous bomb threat.
— PONY FOAL AUCTION: They’re not easily placed under a tree, but an atypical holiday gift option has presented itself in the form of four wild pony foals up for auction next month.
— SUPREME COURT-VIRGINIA REDISTRICTING: Virginia Republicans have asked a federal court to delay Virginia’s 2019 primary schedule for three months to enable the U.S. Supreme Court to settle a redistricting lawsuit.
— DOCTOR-OPIOIDS: A northern Virginia physician faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to using his pain clinic to illegally distribute more than 600,000 oxycodone pills.
MARYLAND-SERIAL PODCAST APPEAL
BALTIMORE —Maryland’s highest court on Thursday heard arguments in their review of the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast that attracted millions of armchair detectives. By David McFadden. SENT: 600 words, photo.
— With: MARYLAND-SERIAL PODCAST APPEAL-THE LATEST
— COLLEGE STABBING-HATE CRIME: A new scholarship honors a Bowie State University student who had already commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and was just days away from graduation when he was fatally stabbed.
— HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE CHARGED: Police in Delaware say a hospital employee had been stealing prescription pills while working in a pharmacy for the past year.
— BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER: Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the City Council will receive some more background information about her pick to be next commissioner of the city’s troubled police department.
— MISSING POLICE DOG: Authorities are searching for a police dog who’s missing after he took off after deer near his handler’s home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
— DAM FLOODGATES OPENED: The crest gates of a Susquehanna River dam have been opened to allow the river to flow freely into the Chesapeake Bay.
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