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SALSIBURY, Md. (AP) - Four women who say they were forced into prostitution are suing the owners of a Salisbury hotel, arguing that staff either knew or should have known that the hotel was a site for human trafficking.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the victims filed separate lawsuits Friday in Wicomico County Circuit Court against the owners of the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury.

The hotel was the site of a 2014 human-trafficking bust in which the ringleader, Cornelius Briddell, was given a 145-year prison sentence.

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The departure of Volunteer Fire Company 1 in Salisbury apparently resulted from a requirement by the department that they be available overnight.

The fire chief Rick Hoopes told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was not mandatory they be at the station but rather could respond from home.

Although, he added, that new recruits would be required to man the stations.

The department said that the changes were made upon the recommendation of a taskforce to improve response time.

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Delaware Democrats retrained control of the state senate this weekend with the election of Stephanie Hansen in the 10 District.

She swept easily to victory over her Republican rival John Marino with 58 percent of the vote.

Hansen replaces Bethany Hall-Long who vacated the seat to become Lt. Governor.

The special election drew national attention with the Wilmington News Journal reporting nearly a million pouring into the race which was seen as an indicator in the wake of President Trump’s election last year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Dover Police Department says two of its members have died in an off-duty vehicle crash.

The police department confirmed the deaths Sunday of 23-year-old patrolman Robert E. DaFonte and 22-year-old cadet James Watts.

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Around 100 people showed up for a town hall on Friday in Salisbury centering on the question of what will become of the Affordable Care Act under the new administration.

The organization Together We Vote Delmarva had invited Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris to attend.

Michelle Schlehofer with Together We Vote Delmarva which put on the event said they had contacted Harris’ office numerous times asking that he attend.

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The United States continued to lead the world in arms exports in 2016, netting a 43 percent increase in sales since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to recently released data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Nearly 40 percent of all international major arms transfers from 2009 to 2016 are from the US, almost double the exports from Russia, the next largest seller in the world.

It's become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra to play the musical interludes between stories on All Things Considered.

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Donald Trump has used the phrase "enemy of the people" a couple of times.  

In early February, he tweeted it:

Former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi has done some pretty amazing things. He helped land a rover on Mars. He searched for signs of life beyond the solar system. But he never thought he’d be standing next to Shirley MacLaine, clutching an Oscar statuette.

But that’s exactly what happened Sunday night.

The private company SpaceX has announced that it plans to send two passengers on a mission beyond the moon in late 2018.

If the mission goes forward, it would be the "first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo," as NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce told our Newscast unit.

The two private citizens approached the company about the idea and have already paid a sizable deposit, CEO Elon Musk told reporters in a conference call. These private individuals will also bear the cost of the mission.

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