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This year at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around. Yes, there are billboards and installations trumpeting things like Doctor Strange and Fear the Walking Dead. But the crowds of people here aren't looking up; they're mostly staring down at their phones, playing Pokémon Go.

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In a well-kept neighborhood in Miami with lush gardens, Larry Smart, a county mosquito control inspector, holds a turkey baster up to the light. "If you look closely, you'll see some moving fast. They're wriggling around," he says. "That's actually mosquito larvae." Smart uses the turkey baster to sample standing water in hard-to-reach places.

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A rape survivor is suing Texas' Harris County after she was jailed for more than a month and subjected to beatings and "psychological torture."

According to court documents, she had suffered a mental breakdown while testifying against her rapist, and authorities checked her into the general population at Houston's Harris County Jail because they feared she would flee before finishing her testimony.


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On this episode of Backstory: A look at the 19th century, when opium and cocaine were legal, an exploration of the influence of the medical establishment, and the role of drugs in popular culture.

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is back on schedule following repairs to one of the boats that shuttle passengers and vehicles between New Jersey and Delaware.

Three ferries were operating Wednesday and the boats resumed their normal summer service.

Only two vessels were in service for two weeks after the Motor Vessel Delaware needed crank shift repairs to one of its new main engines. The new engines were under warranty.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Fair organizers say this year's slice of summer fun caters to both traditional tastes and users of modern technology.

The fair opens Thursday and runs through July 30 in Harrington.

Spokesman Danny Aguilar says in a statement the event will include staples such as barbecue, baby animals, carnival rides and a homemade ice-cream contest.

For the first time this year, visitors can learn all about the attractions through a mobile app available on the state fair website.

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — A new corral awaits the Chincoteague ponies for their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

Kevin Sloan, refuge manager of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury ( that the old corral was in disrepair and located on a creek bank.

And a recent infestation of southern pine beetles on Assateague meant trees had to be cut down because of the damage. So, the corral could be built without cutting down living trees.

This year's pony swim is set for Saturday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general and federal officials are teaming up to fight human trafficking in the state.

Attorney General Mark Herring joined Maria Odom, chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign, in Richmond on Wednesday to announce the new state-federal partnership.

Delmarva Power announces $1M gift to support UMES 'green' initiatives

Jul 20, 2016
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  Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, announced today it is pledging $1 million to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to help the land-grant institution expand training a sustainable workforce with emphases on agriculture and renewable energy in the company’s Maryland service area.

The gift will be used by UMES to launch the Green Collar Initiative, a series of energy conservation projects that include crafting a “sustainable curriculum” using research, development and training assistance targeting rural businesspeople, especially those in agribusiness. 

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