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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In a rarity of Maryland politics, a Republican is being sworn in to a second term as governor.

Gov. Larry Hogan will be sworn in Wednesday on the grounds of the Maryland State House.

Hogan is the first Republican governor in Maryland to win re-election since 1954, when Theodore McKeldin became the first Republican to do so in the state.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A light earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Maryland.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday evening in the Atlantic Ocean, about 136 miles (219 kilometers) southeast of Ocean City, Maryland. No tsunami warning has been issued.

In a Facebook post, Ocean City town officials said emergency officials were monitoring the situation but had not observed any effects from the quake.

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Partial shutdown of the federal government has cost the state of Maryland $778 million affecting some 172-thousand residents.

That’s the latest from the Comptroller Peter Franchot who said every two weeks it costs the state $60-million.

Franchot said it is having devastating impact on Maryland families.

He said, “Six percent of our totals jobs in the state are federal jobs. And, many, many more are private sector federal contracting jobs.” He went on, “There is a unique impact on the state of Maryland from the shutdown.”  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have unveiled a plan to provide more funding for low-income students and students whose native language is not English.

The proposal announced Tuesday calls for an additional $60 million over three years for educating poor students and students designated as English Language Learners.

District schools and charter schools would receive an extra $500 for each ELL student and $300 for each low-income student.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland sheriff says a new law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people at risk to themselves or others resulted in more than 300 protective orders, five of which were related to schools.

Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin told state lawmakers Tuesday that 302 orders were sought under the state's "red flag" law, in the first three months since the law took effect Oct. 1.

He says five of them related to schools, and four of those five "were significant threats."

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Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1975, died Wednesday at the age of 89, the company said.

Bogle started a revolution in the way people invest. He believed that investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay investment managers to pick them.

A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how multinational companies create the problem.

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Classical Music News

Conductors, like most music lovers, keep discovering music that is new to them. My own latest discovery is the Turangalîla-Symphonie, a mind-blowing 75-minute orchestral piece by Olivier Messiaen, written in the 1940s. It's a rare treat for me to be able to work on a piece from the middle of the 20th century that I have never even heard performed live.

How do you play an instrument you never physically touch? Watch Carolina Eyck. She's the first to bring a theremin to the Tiny Desk. The early electronic instrument with the slithery sound was invented almost 100 years ago by Leon Theremin, a Soviet scientist with a penchant for espionage. It looks like a simple black metal box with a couple of protruding antennae, but to play the theremin like Eyck does, with her lyrical phrasing and precisely "fingered" articulation, takes a special kind of virtuosity.

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A young island man came to Manila for college and found a morass of plastic waste. Now he's found ways for Manila's poorest people to dig out, and shown how multinational companies create the problem.

Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who has been serving as the acting EPA administrator since July, faced Senate lawmakers on Wednesday for his first confirmation hearing to lead the agency.

He defended his record on rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations as Democrats assailed his ties to business and his lack of urgency on the issue of climate change.

"The Trump Administration has proven that burdensome environmental regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress," Wheeler said. "I am very proud of the work I did."

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