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Top News & Analysis Maryland

  • BETHESDA, Md.-- Coventry Health Care Inc.' s third-quarter net income dropped 14 percent, as the health insurer's medical costs and other expenses outweighed revenue gains from an expansion of its Medicaid business.

  • BALTIMORE-- A bank vice president has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $600,000 from the institution. Fifty-six-year-old Wanda Henderson of Westover, Md. entered the plea on Thursday. According to her plea agreement, Henderson was vice president and executive assistant to the president of Hebron Savings Bank.

  • BALTIMORE-- Legg Mason, the money management firm in the middle of a rocky CEO transition, on Friday reported results that beat Wall Street estimates even as revenue slipped. For the fiscal second quarter, which covered July through September, Legg Mason earned $80.8 million, or 60 cents per share, up 42 percent from $56.7 million, or 39 cents per share, a year ago.

  • HAGERSTOWN, Md.-- Maryland utility companies and emergency management officials say they're preparing for large-scale power outages, flooding and other damage from a storm that could arrive as early as Sunday. Exelon Corp.' s Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it's planning for hundreds of thousands of potential outages.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama carried the nation's capital in 2008 with 92 percent of the vote, and some local activists hoped he would push to give the District of Columbia representation in Congress and more autonomy in local affairs. Even Obama's staunchest local defenders are upset he's not more vocal on issues important to them.

  • WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • WASHINGTON-- The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arturo Casadevall, a fungal disease specialist at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

  • United Bank's parent company says it earned $19.3 million, or 38 cents per share, in the quarter ending Sept. 30. The 2012 results include an accrual of $3.3 million pertaining to a settlement of claims stemming from class actions against United Bank Inc. of West Virginia, and a noncash, pretax impairment charge of $2.3 million on investment securities.

  • HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a major threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after lashing Cuba with heavy rains and tree-toppling winds and swirling through the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • *At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a serious threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • WASHINGTON-- All the spare parts appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm," a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week. Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba on Thursday, continues to barrel north.

  • *At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy grew into a major potential threat to the east coast of the United States on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • WASHINGTON-- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $95 million to settle allegations that the company promoted three drugs for uses that were not medically accepted, the government announced Thursday.

  • PITTSBURGH-- The wheeling and dealing over the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale has hit the pause button. PwC said low natural gas prices were the main factor, not the output or potential of the vast shale gas formation that lies under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- Utilities and governments along the East Coast are working to head off long-term power failures as forecasters predict a major storm to hit a region already skittish after foul weather in recent months that plunged residents into darkness for weeks.

  • NEW YORK-- The cosmetics company Revlon Inc. reported a loss for the third-quarter as restructuring and litigation charges more than offset the impact of a 3 percent rise in revenue. Revlon, whose brands include Almay, Mitchum and its namesake, said that it lost $15 million, or 29 cents per share in the three-month period ended Sept. 30.

  • This isn't anything new. Years ago, viewers celebrated the presidency of Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing." Fans of "The Wire" savored the ascent of Tommy Carcetti from the Baltimore city council to the Maryland governor's office. Michael J. Fox, and then Charlie Sheen, worked for New York Mayor Winston on the sitcom, "Spin City."

  • BALTIMORE-- Under Armour said Thursday that its net income climbed 25 percent in the third quarter, with the athletic clothing maker saying that new products are helping fuel demand for its merchandise. Under Armour Inc. earned $57.3 million, or 54 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • SILVER SPRINGS, Md.-- Choice Hotels International Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income jumped 5 percent to beat expectations and it issued better-than-expected full year forecast. Choice Hotels said its net income increased to $44.4 million, or 76 cents per share, for the period that ended Sept. 30.

  • COLUMBIA, Md.-- W.R. Grace& Co.' s third quarter earnings fell 7 percent, as foreign exchange rates and weaker demand in developed economies hurt the chemical maker's revenue. The Columbia, Md., company said Wednesday it earned $75.5 million, or 99 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30.