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Fla. trucker sentenced in Md. crash that killed 2

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Florida trucker is starting a one-year jail sentence for killing two men when the tractor-trailer he was driving overturned atop a pickup truck in Frederick County.

The Frederick News-Post reports that 35-year-old Watson Pierre of Sunrise, Florida, was sentenced Tuesday as part of a plea deal.

He was convicted of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of construction workers Hector Henriquez of Gaithersburg and Jose Diaz of Derwood.

Pierre pleaded not guilty but agreed with prosecutors' assertions that he was driving too fast in a truck with faulty brakes that was not registered to operate commercially in Maryland.

The refrigerated truck was registered to Florida-based Noble Enterprise Transport. It was hauling oranges to a Costco warehouse near the crash scene on state Route 75.


3 wounded by gunman in Baltimore; suspect at large

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore city police are looking for a gunman who shot three men in the 2700 block of West Coldspring Lane.

The shooting was reported at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say a 29-year-old man is in serious condition with wounds to his hip, groin and right hand after the incident A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the gunman fled the scene after the shooting.


National capital area No. 1 for late mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service report ranks the nation's capital No. 1 - for late mail delivery.

The Washington Post reports that an inspector general's report released Tuesday found that mail is delivered after 5 p.m. more than two-thirds of the time in the District of Columbia and the Maryland suburbs.

Northern Virginia also ranks high among areas of the United States getting late mail, with 69 percent of letter carriers still on their routes at night.

Both regions were well above the 38 percent national average for late deliveries from fiscal 2011 to 2013.

The inquiry was prompted by the November death of a part-time carrier who was shot in his mail truck in Prince George's County at 7:30 p.m.


Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new memorial is rising near the National Mall that will be the first in Washington dedicated to veterans who come home with life-changing injuries.

The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial is a project 16 years in the making and is set to be dedicated Oct. 5. The Associated Press recently had an early look at the memorial under construction as it's beginning to take shape.

Glass walls will carry inscriptions and photographs telling veterans' stories from different eras. Bronze silhouette sculptures will represent their service. And a ceremonial flame will burn on the water's surface in a star-shaped fountain representing the five branches of military service, surrounded by a grove of trees.

Inscriptions quoting George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower will anchor a Wall of Gratitude for veterans.


Donald Trump to break ground for new DC hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump hopes to bring his signature brand of glitz to the nation's capital with a new luxury hotel in the city's third-tallest building.

Trump plans to break ground Wednesday on a $200 million hotel that will transform the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol.

The 115-year-old building includes a 315-foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of downtown Washington. It was under-utilized in recent years, housing small vendors that catered mostly to tourists.

The new Trump International Hotel is expected to open in 2016. It will feature 270 guest rooms and two presidential suites of more than 3,000 square feet.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric were scheduled to join him for the groundbreaking.


Board to consider wetlands license for Cove Point

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider a wetlands license for Dominion Resources, as it works toward building a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

The board is scheduled to take up the matter on Wednesday in Annapolis. The license is needed for Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

Residents of Lusby and public interest groups have scheduled a news conference before the board meeting to call on Gov. Martin O'Malley to demand a risk assessment be conducted for the proposal. O'Malley is one of three board members. The others are Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.


Ben's Chili Bowl opens eatery at National Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Reagan National Airport is celebrating the opening of Ben's Chili Bowl in one of its terminals as the famous Washington eatery opens its first airport location.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration Wednesday at the airport will include performances by the Chuck Brown Band and giveaways to diners. After the celebration, Ben's Chili Bowl will begin serving travelers at the airport.

The airport says the opening of the new eatery is part of a larger redevelopment of the shops and dining options at National Airport and Dulles International Airport. In the past month, National Airport has opened new dining and shopping options including Legal Sea Foods, Brooks Brothers, Pinkberry and other shops.


Md. state senator must drop Hershey-bar-like signs

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge says a political candidate whose last name is Hershey must stop using campaign materials that mimic the look of the famous chocolate bar.

The judge ruled Thursday that Maryland state Sen. Stephen Hershey Jr. must stop using his dark brown signs with white lettering. The company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in June.

Hershey argued his signs, with a background of the Maryland flag in brown, are different enough to be permissible.

Judge William Quarles disagreed and issued a preliminary injunction, suggesting the company is likely to win its lawsuit.

Hershey said in a statement that he will comply with the injunction. His office has said Hershey has been told his family tree intersects with that of company founder Milton S. Hershey, but they aren't close relatives.


Boy, 15, charged with murder in Del. shooting

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police say a grand jury has indicted a 15-year-old boy in the fatal shooting last month of an 18-year-old man in Bear.

Sgt. Jacob Andrews says the boy was taken into custody Tuesday. He is charged with first degree murder, two weapons offenses and possession of drugs with intent to deliver.

The Associated Press generally does not publish the names of juveniles charged with crimes.

The youth is charged in the June 30 shooting of Dewayne Barfield of Newark.

Barfield was shot at the Sparrow Run Townhouses in Bear. Officers responding to a report of shots fired found him lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.


Hawks rescued from Delaware bridge released

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A wildlife rehabilitation group has released a pair of young red-tailed hawks rescued last month from a pier of the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington, Delaware back into the wild.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Tri-State Bird Rescue released the juvenile birds on Friday after state employees found the fledglings inside a stick nest about 60 feet above the ground on a steel grate, hovering over travel lanes. The hawks were too young to fly, and environmental officials were concerned about their safety because the bridge is undergoing emergency repairs.

Officials say the young birds have been released into their parents' territory so they might reunite.

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