AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
WASHINGTON —Senate Republicans welcomed the first woman to their leadership team in years Wednesday as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,140 words.
SCIENCE SAYS-GENE-EDITED FOOT
WASHINGTON —The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,290 words.
— FEDERAL UTILITY-CEO RETIREMENT: The chief executive officer of the nation’s largest public utility has announced his plans to retire.
— INTIMIDATION CHARGE-SYNAGOGUE: Court records say the FBI met with a North Carolina man days before he was accused of threatening a synagogue this month.
— CYBERSECURITY-VETERANS: North Carolina veterans, reservists and National Guard members can now get free online training to become certified in skills sought in the job-rich cybersecurity field.
NEW YORK— For more than a year, cities around the country waited in suspense over whether they’d be chosen as Amazon’s second home. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.
AMAZON HQ-ECONOMIC IMPACT
WASHINGTON —The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 980 words, photos.
RICHMOND, Va. — With Amazon announcing plans to create 25,000 new jobs in Virginia, the state is promising one of the biggest incentive packages ever. A detailed look at what Virginia is promising Amazon.
AMAZON HQ-TRUMP TAX BREAK
NEW YORK —Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal “opportunity zone,” a designation created by President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas. By Bernard Condon and Stephen Braun. SENT: 820 words.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST
RICHMOND, Va. — Two dozen white nationalists accused of violating civil rights laws during a deadly 2017 rally in Virginia have been ordered to turn over their electronic devices so the contents can be used as evidence at their trial. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.
— VIRGINIA-DEPUTY-SHOOTING: Authorities say a man was killed and a sheriff’s deputy was seriously wounded in a shootout at a Virginia bus station.
— HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER-ARREST: The head of a Virginia city’s Human Rights Commission has been charged in two domestic violence-related incidents.
— POLICE CHIEF-DRUG CHARGES: A Virginia man who was serving as a town’s police chief when he was arrested on drug charges earlier this year has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers from a friend.
— FORMER PROSECUTOR KILLED: The son of a former federal prosecutor has pleaded no contest to killing his father with an ax.
— WATERLOO GUNSHOTS-HOMICIDE: An Iowa woman sought in the slaying of her cousin has been taken into custody in Virginia.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the case that President Donald Trump violated the law and Constitution by making Whitaker the country’s chief law enforcement officer. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 710 words, photos.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 630 words.
— BALTIMORE POLICE CONTRACT: Baltimore’s police union has announced that members have accepted a new labor agreement with the city that will increase civilian oversight of the troubled police department.
— DRUGS AT HOSPITAL: Police say a man visiting his friend at a Delaware hospital had materials used to make methamphetamine in a backpack.
— HOLDING CELL DEATH: A Maryland man arrested on a trespassing charge has been found dead in his holding cell.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The traditionally strong Panthers defense is looking for answers after giving up a 52 points to the Steelers last Thursday night. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Joe Flacco’s hip injury means extra practice time for Ravens backup quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III, and perhaps one of them will make their first start of the season. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Brenda Frese’s ninth-ranked Maryland Terrapins visit Jennifer Rizzotti’s George Washington Colonials. By Rich Dubroff. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 12 Tennessee follows up its season-opening victory over Presbyterian by hosting UNC Asheville, which lost its season opener. UPCOMING; 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
DURHAM, N.C. — No. 1 Duke debuts its top ranking when the Blue Devils play host to Eastern Michigan in their final home game before their trip to the Maui Invitational. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.
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