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  • U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations… (Mark Wilson, Getty Images )
January 25, 2013

WEATHER: Afternoon snow showers, with temperatures in the 20s.

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Senate president Miller proposes local gas tax, leasing ICC: Baltimore and Maryland's counties could impose their own 5-cents-a-gallon tax on gas to pay for local roads and buses under a proposal by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Servicewomen say end of combat ban will level playing field: The decision to end the so-called combat exclusion policy, which barred servicewomen from direct combat roles, will open hundreds of thousands of jobs formerly limited to men. "It's a great opportunity for women who want to pursue these jobs," said one female Maryland National Guard captain.

Man allegedly stabs wife hours after release on own recognizance: Charged for the sixth time in six months with hurting his wife, Daren Ruffin was released on his own recognizance. Hours later, he was charged with first-degree murder. Police found Ruffin's wife stabbed to death in the couple's apartment last Friday and say Ruffin confessed to the crime.

Defense in Leopold trial exepected to present case: Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's defense attorneys will begin making their case Friday, arguing that his alleged use of county staff for personal errands and political gain does not amount to a crime

State Department pick Kerry draws praise, outlines policy: John Kerry urged Congress to fix the U.S. economy to ensure America's role as a world leader and pledged to keep pressure on Iran at a Senate hearing that left little doubt he will win easy confirmation as secretary of state.


RAVENS | Mike Preston: When almost everyone else thought the team was coming apart, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome thought his team was coming together.

ORIOLES: The Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens on a one-year deal, according to a report from

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Polar Bear Plunge: If hurling yourself into frigid water is your thing, then this weekend you're in look. Take a look at pictures of plungers past.

Inside 'The Castle': Officially known as the Under Armour Performance Center but affectionately known as "the Castle," the Ravens' training facility was designed with all the comforts of home in mind.

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