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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says federal officials have denied the state's request for a disaster declaration stemming from civil unrest in Baltimore after the police-involved death of Freddie Gray.

Spokesman Chas Eby told The Associated Press in an email Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent Maryland an initial denial of a request the state submitted last month. Such denials can be appealed.

A disaster declaration would allow public agencies or individuals, or both, to seek reimbursement for disaster-related costs.

The Maryland Democratic Party has named a new interim executive director.

D. Bruce Poole, the party chairman, announced in an email Friday that Pat Murray has been chosen to work on an interim basis.

The Maryland Transit Administration authority has unveiled a less costly MARC pass that can be used on week days only after riders complained about a hefty increase in the fares for seven-day passes.

The MTA announced the new plan Thursday at the monthly meeting of the MARC Riders Advisory Council in Washington.  The original plan would have raised the cost of a seven-day pass to travel between Baltimore and Washington from $52.50 to $80. The new passes will cost $60 for five days.

FBI Director James Comey says officers must work to bridge a gap with the communities they protect.

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is holding an open house for the public to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The event will be held on Saturday. Wallops launched its first rocket on June 27, 1945.

Wallops director Bill Wrobel says in a news release that the facility wants to give the public a first-hand look at its diverse missions.

The Maryland Historical Society has unveiled a new website that features photographs, videos and oral histories from the recent civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.

The website, www.baltimoreuprising2015.org, is a collaborative effort between the historical society and faculty from the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Hood College in Frederick plans to offer its first doctoral program, leading to a Ph.D. in organizational leadership.

Roger Stenersen, director of the school's Educational Leadership Program, tells The Frederick News-Post that Hood aims to prepare students to lead public and private institutions.

He says the doctoral program would be a next step for those who've earned a master's degree in business administration or educational leadership.

HBO's "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years after the series scored $6.5 million in California film tax credits.

HBO announced Thursday that it will move production of the show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus to southern California.

HBO spokeswoman Cecile Cross-Plummer says Maryland has been home to many vital HBO projects, including "The Corner," ''The Wire" and "Game Change," and they "look forward to returning with another production in the future."

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to a motion from the lawyers representing six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The defense lawyers say State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has conflicts of interest that should force her to step aside and have an independent prosecutor handle the case. They accused her of charging the officers with crimes to prevent more rioting in the district represented by her husband, a city councilman. And they say she's too close to an attorney who represents Gray's family.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland has named a New York state educator president of Coppin State University.

The Board of Regents announced Tuesday that it had appointed Maria Thompson, who is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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