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Ocean City is getting ready for the H2Oi car show this coming weekend.

These are generally heavily modified Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that are water cooled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during last year’s event there were 773 service calls.

That was down from over a thousand in 2014.

In addition, there were 34 arrests last year compared to the 2014 figure of 53.

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Firefighters will be honoring two of their own in Wilmington who died in a townhouse fire.

The blaze also left four others injured two still in critical condition.

The funerals for firefighters Christopher Leach and Jerry Fickes are set for this weekend.

Lewes Fire Chief Gordon Davis told WBOC that members of his department will attend the memorial services along with other local departments.

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services will also be on hand to attend the funeral while others will help out by responding to calls in the area.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - A group of clowns in Maryland has decided not to take part in a parade amid a recent rash of creepy clown sightings across several states.

Tom Holland, a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club's clown unit, tells the Cumberland Times-News the group won't be participating in a scheduled parade in Hagerstown.

Holland says the group is also considering whether to take part in an upcoming Cumberland parade.

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The rape and abuse charges filed in a lawsuit against former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips has been dismissed by the agreement of both parties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 20 year old Katelynn Dunlap claimed that the events took place just after she turned 18.

Kurt Heyman, the attorney for Phillips, told the paper that there was no admission of liability or payments.

When asked if this was a vindication for his client Heyman said people would have to draw their own conclusions.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The manslaughter trial of a white police officer who killed a black man in Virginia will focus largely on the seconds before the shooting.

In Tuesday's opening statements, attorneys offered contrasting views on whether a mentally ill man with a knife posed an imminent threat.

A prosecutor said David Latham stood in a doorway with a butcher knife pointed downward and made no advances toward Norfolk Officer Michael Edington. But a defense attorney said Latham moved the knife around, uttered threats and made a "small movement" with his foot.

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In the summer of 1936, a plain and sturdy farm woman from southern Minnesota traveled to New York to meet the mayor, stay at the Waldorf, dine at the Stork Club and make headlines in every major newspaper.

That woman was Susan Eisele, my grandmother, who Country Home magazine selected — out of 4,000 entrants — as its "Rural Correspondent of the Year."

The award came with a $200 prize and a two-week trip to New York and Washington.

Soap opera pioneer Agnes Nixon, who created All My Children and One Life to Live, has died at the age of 93. She is known for highlighted challenging and taboo social issues through daytime television.

Her son Bob Nixon told The Associated Press that she died at a physical rehabilitation facility in Haverford, Pa.

California's state treasurer has announced he is suspending major parts of the state's business relationship with Wells Fargo because of a scandal involving unauthorized customer accounts.

In a letter to Wells Fargo, John Chiang asked, "how can I continue to entrust the public's money to an organization which has shown such little regard for the legions of Californians who have placed their well-being in its care?"

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When the Nobel Prize in physics is awarded next Tuesday, many in the world of science will be surprised if Rainer Weiss, an MIT professor emeritus, is not among those honored.

Weiss dreamed up the idea behind the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or LIGO. It's a sort of massive antenna so sensitive it detected faint invisible ripples in space from 1.3 billion years ago, a discovery made secretly last fall and revealed in September.

Artificial intelligence is one of those tech terms that seems to inevitably conjure up images (and jokes) of computer overlords running sci-fi dystopias — or, more recently, robots taking over human jobs.

But AI is already here: It's powering your voice-activated digital personal assistants and Web searches, guiding automated features on your car and translating foreign texts, detecting your friends in photos you post on social media and filtering your spam.

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