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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks about Maryland's efforts to expand health care amid lingering problems with the Maryland Health Exchange website. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3:30 p.m., 420 words by 5 p.m.
WILMINGTON, Del. — A judge hears arguments in a lawsuit filed by three members of the rock group Cheap Trick against the band's former drummer. The three band members are seeking a court declaration that drummer Brad Carlson, known as Bun E. Carlos, was properly removed as a corporate director and member of the group after he stopped touring several years ago. The lawsuit was filed in response to an earlier complaint filed in Illinois federal court in which Carlos and former band manager David Frey claim they are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon EST, then 500 words by 3 p.m. EST.
WASHINGTON — A former private school teacher who once appeared on the FBI's list of most wanted fugitives has a plea hearing in federal court. Eric Toth was arrested this spring in Nicaragua, five years after leaving a fake suicide note in a car parked at the Minneapolis airport. He had been a teacher at a prestigious private school on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.
NATIONAL ZOO-ANIMAL CARE
WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian's National Zoo has released two internal reports that detail concerns about animal care and deaths of various animals housed in the zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station over the past year. Zoo Director Dennis Kelly says the animal keeper staff is stretched thin due to budget cuts over the past three years. Going forward, he is looking at ways for staff to focus more on animal care, and that may mean reducing some talks and programs with the public. By Brett Zongker. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon, followed by 600 words by 1 p.m.
NEWTOWN-GUN CONTROL VIGIL
WASHINGTON — Members of the Newtown, Conn., community, including the parent of a teacher killed in a school shooting massacre last year, join a vigil at the National Cathedral in Washington to remember those killed by gun violence each year. Singer Carole King will perform during the service. The cathedral has advocated for gun control, along with other religious leaders. By Brett Zongker. UPCOMING: 130 words, followed by 250 words, photos, video by 5:30 p.m.
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