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Christian student loses legal challenge of lesson on Islam

LA PLATA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Maryland high school's lesson on Islam during world history class didn't violate a Christian student's Constitutional rights.

News outlets report the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that La Plata High School wasn't endorsing any particular religion with a lecture on Muslim beliefs during the 2014-2015 school year. While Caleigh Wood received a lower grade for refusing to complete the lesson, it didn't affect her final grade.

Wood's attorney, Richard Thompson, leads a national Christian nonprofit law firm and plans to seek review. He says the lesson led to "forced speech of a young Christian girl."

The judges' opinion said court interference would endanger academic freedom. Charles County schools attorney Andrew Scott says religion is crucial to understanding history.

Gov. Hogan exits talks for new Redskins stadium

OXON HILL (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.

Hogan's decision and Virginia's disinterest leaves Redskins owner Daniel Snyder with one suitor — the District of Columbia. His first choice is Washington's RFK Stadium site, but he now has fewer bargaining chips.

The Redskins can't leave FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, until September 2027.

Health groups back down payment insurance plan in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Health organizations in Maryland are backing a proposal to create an individual health care mandate at the state level.

Several groups and lawmakers will gather in Annapolis on Wednesday to endorse legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would revive the mandate that was gutted at the federal level. But instead of requiring those who remain uninsured to pay a penalty, the measure would require them to pay a down payment on health insurance.

The measure stalled last year in Annapolis, but supporters are hoping the idea is gaining momentum and will have the votes this year.

Supporters say the bill has more than 80 co-sponsors in the General Assembly.

Police: Baltimore man dies from wounds in 2002 shooting

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Baltimore say a man has died from wounds sustained in a 2002 shooting.

The Baltimore Sun reports police say the medical examiner's office has ruled David Golden's death last week to be a homicide caused by the shooting.

Authorities have said that Golden told officers his then-girlfriend's ex-boyfriend shot him during an argument. Two men, Donte Clowney and Kobie Lee Farmer, were charged with attempted murder and other offenses in Golden's shooting.

Authorities said Golden shot Farmer and another man days before Golden was set to testify against Farmer. Golden then recanted his allegations against Farmer and Clowney in court, and they were acquitted of all charges in 2004.

Golden was found guilty of illegally possessing a pistol in Farmer's shooting and sentenced to five years in prison.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

Woman returns Maryland library book that's 73 years overdue

SILVER SPRING (AP) — A library book more than 70 years overdue has finally found its way home to a library in Silver Spring, Maryland.

News outlets report 75-year-old Mora Gregg was cleaning her apartment in Toronto, Canada, last month when she discovered "The Postman," a children's book about the journey of a girl's letter. Stamped inside the yellowed book are the words, "Property of Silver Spring Library."

Gregg says her mother likely checked it out for her when she was a toddler and packed it when the family moved to Canada. The retired librarian says she kept the book for so long because it sparked her love of reading.

Gregg sent the book and an apology letter to the library last week. The library system removed fines on children's books several years ago.

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