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Baltimore agrees to stop disabilities questions

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has reached an agreement with Baltimore that will require the city to cease hiring practices the federal government deems discriminatory toward applicants with disabilities.

The department announced a consent decree on Wednesday that bans the city from requiring applicants to submit to medical examinations and answer questions about disabilities prior to making conditional job offers.

The agreement requires Baltimore to pay $65,000 in damages to the complainant, who said she was rejected from a job as a dispatcher for the fire department after answering disability-related questions and undergoing a medical examination the Justice Department calls "unlawful."

The agreement also requires the city to modify its policies and train its human resources staff.

The consent decree is subject to approval in federal court.


4 teen boys charged with setting fire at school

LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County fire officials say four teenage boys have been charged with setting fire to a classroom trailer at an elementary school in Laurel.

The fire occurred on June 30 at Deerfield Run Elementary School. Fire officials said Wednesday that the teens were arrested last week. Three of the boys are 13 years old and the other is 15. They face charges including first-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning.

No one was injured in the fire.


2 arrested after burglary, police chase in Md.

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police have arrested two men they say led them on a vehicle chase into Baltimore after a burglary at a Glen Burnie store.

It happened about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday at Bart's Sports World. Police responding to a 911 calls saw pickup truck that appeared to have been rammed into the business. Three people were in the truck.

Authorities say police tried to stop the truck, but the driver sped off and led police on a chase on several interstate into Baltimore. Police say the truck stopped and all three occupants ran away. Two were arrested.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Quionte and 18-year-old Samone Lanair Eliza Harrington, both of Baltimore, have been charged with burglary, theft and other offenses.


Autopsy set for body pulled from Baltimore harbor

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police say an autopsy will be performed on a 21-year-old man whose body was found floating in the city's Inner Harbor.

The body of Vashon Christopher Jr. was pulled from the water on Monday afternoon near M&T Bank Stadium.

Christopher lived in northeast Baltimore.


Man shot while sitting on home's front steps

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say a man was shot while sitting on the steps of a home.

It happened about 11 p.m. Tuesday on West 4th Street. Police say the victim heard gunfire, then realized he had been shot.

Officers say the man was struck in his thigh and forearm. He is in stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

Police do not believe the victim was the intended target of the shooting.


Del. restaurateur dies after motorcycle accident

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Award-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley has died following a motorcycle accident in India. He was 53.

Haley's business partner, Scott Kammerer, said Wednesday he was told by State Department officials that Haley died Tuesday night during a medical flight from Leh, India, to New Delhi.

Kammerer said Haley was involved in a "high-impact" collision with a truck Monday at the beginning of a six-week trip through northern India and Nepal. Haley has devoted significant time and resources to humanitarian efforts in the area. He was traveling with international filmmaker and motorcycle expert Guarav Jani.

Haley, who ran several southern Delaware restaurants, received the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Gov. Jack Markell expressed his condolences to Haley's family, calling him "a world class humanitarian."


Gunman robs Delaware convenience store

CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are looking for a man who robbed a Claymont convenience store at gunpoint.

It happened about 12:05 a.m. Wednesday at the Claymont Market Place on Naamans Road. Troopers say a man with a handgun demanded cash from two employees.

Police say the employees gave the robber money and he fled on foot.

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