Mayor: Baltimore statues came down 'quietly, quickly'

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has a few words of advice for leaders in other cities who might want to get rid of Confederate monuments: "Do it quietly and quickly."

On Tuesday Pugh ordered four statues in Baltimore removed under the cover of night. In the morning, city residents awoke to empty marble plinths.

Woman files federal lawsuit over pumpkin-flinging accident

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who was critically injured when an air cannon exploded during a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition has filed a federal lawsuit against event organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.

Suzanne Dakessian claims in Wednesday's lawsuit that she was left with severe and permanent injuries because of negligence and wrongful conduct by the defendants.

The defendants include Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which inspected the air cannon through its boiler safety program.

Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

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Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.

Malvo's attorneys had challenged his life sentences in Maryland and in Virginia, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The latest ruling means he will essentially continue serving a life sentence even though a different judge ruled he is entitled to a new sentencing in Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."


DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was sitting in his car in a convenience store parking lot in Delaware was dragged out of the vehicle by two men and robbed at gunpoint.

Police in Dover, Delaware's capital, said in a news release that the man was in a 7-Eleven parking lot early Wednesday when two men opened the driver's side door and pulled him out of the car.

Authorities say one suspect shoved a gun in the victim's side while both suspects went through his pockets. The robbers took cash and ran away.