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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

A dying art? Maryland has stopped testing new drivers for parallel parking. Here, a car is seen in Baltimore.
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Saying that it tests parallel parking skills in other ways, Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is phasing out the portion of its test that has intimidated new drivers for generations.

Maryland is joining the list of states that have stopped making new drivers prove that they can maneuver a car into a parallel parking spot. Virginia, California and Florida are among those that have made the move.

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:48 pm

A grand jury has returned indictments against all six Baltimore Police Department officers charged in connection with the death last month of Freddie Gray, the state's attorney in Baltimore says.

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National Security
4:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Bulk Collection Debate Highlights Need To Revise Patriot Act

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts

Alan Doan likes the fact that Missouri Star Quilt Co. is following in the footsteps of fellow Hamilton native J.C. Penney, but Doan's never been into an actual J.C. Penney store.
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Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:21 pm

Just a few years ago, downtown Hamilton, Mo., looked a lot like a thousand other forgotten, rural towns. Abandoned, forlorn buildings marred the main drag.

But in recent years, an explosively fast-growing startup business in rural north western Missouri has shaken up a staid industry, producing a YouTube star and revitalizing a town with a proud retail history.

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Twin Peaks Shooting Update
4:22 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Scores of Weapons Counted; Don Carlos To Sue

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Waco Police have counted more than 300 weapons from the Twin Peaks shootout that left 9 dead, and 18 injured Sunday afternoon. That includes 118 handguns, 157 knives and even an AK-47 tucked away in one of the vehicles in the restaurant’s parking lot. Earlier this week Waco Police spokesperson Patrick Swanton said officials had picked up most of the evidence, including the scores of weapons found, bullet fragments and shell casings.

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