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Sep 20, 2014

Person of interest identified in hunt for missing Virginia student

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student have identified a person of interest and searched his car and apartment on Friday in what they said was a “major break” in the case.

Acting on more than 400 tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said officers identified the 32-year-old man, who he said was seen with the teenager on the night she disappeared.

Sep 19, 2014

Police check car, apartment in search for missing Virginia student

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched a car and apartment on Friday in a major break in the case, a police spokeswoman said.

Acting on several tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, police in Charlottesville, Virginia, executed search warrants on the apartment and car in what the spokeswoman called a “major break.”

Sep 18, 2014

Baltimore cop who cut dog’s throat was within his rights: lawyer

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Criminal charges against 49-year-old Jeffrey Bolger are not supported by necessary probable cause, defense attorney Charles Curlett wrote in a letter to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein asking that the case be dropped.

Aug 21, 2014

PETA joins protest against sale of rabbit meat at Whole Foods

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined a nationwide protest to stop Whole Foods stores from selling rabbit meat, the animal rights group said Thursday.

A group calling itself House Rabbit Society staged demonstrations at 44 Whole Foods Markets Inc stores across the nation on Sunday, accusing the food store chain of being “bunny butchers” and demanding that the high-end supermarket chain stop offering the product.

Aug 20, 2014

Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A Maryland State Police trooper has been suspended without pay after sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday.

The incident is the most recent in a spate involving naked people around the country.

Jul 31, 2014

NFL’s Rice publicly apologizes to wife for violent incident

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her on Thursday and vowed to speak out against domestic violence.

The NFL ordered the suspension last week, determining that Rice had violated the league’s conduct policy when he was arrested in February following a fight with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer.

Jul 30, 2014

Redskins hire PR firm Burson-Marsteller amid fight over name

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s Washington Redskins have hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller as it battles criticism that its name is a racial slur, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The company, which has long experience handling public relations crises, will run the website redskinsfacts.com. The site was launched this month and is billed as a grass-roots effort to defend the team’s contentious name.

Jul 29, 2014

Maryland man leaves hospital after bout with flesh-eating bacteria

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – A Maryland man who nearly lost a leg and his life to a flesh-eating bacterial infection he contracted in Chesapeake Bay, has been released from hospital, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Rodney Donald, 66, was crabbing, swimming and kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay this month when a scrape became infected with vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that feeds on flesh, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jul 23, 2014

Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said.

The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015.

Jul 23, 2014

Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said.

The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015.