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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Eighteen-year-old active duty service members can vote, smoke and fight for their country, but they can't have a drink - a Maryland Senator is looking to change that.

A bill proposed by Sen. Ron Young, D-Frederick, would allow active duty service members who are at least 18-years-old to be served beer and wine.

The service member would be required to show their armed forced identification at the bar or restaurant where they are being served.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing Friday.

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Tonya Bundick could get separate trials on 62 counts of arson.

A judge signed the order on Friday saying that the offenses are not based on the same act or transaction and therefore do not constitute a common scheme. 

But that does not mean that there will be 62 separate trials since the prosecutors and defense attorneys have not agreed on whether any might be tried together.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware's 153rd Military Police Company of the National Guard has returned early from Afghanistan to the cheers of friends and family members.

The News Journal reports thousands of people gathered Saturday in Delaware City at the Gov. Bacon Parade Field for the early homecoming. A marching band played "God Bless America," and there were 127 homemade posters - one for each member of the unit.

Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined the homecoming event. She was also there when the troops left in January.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware National Guard officials say they have a busy year facing them.

Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala says the 2013 schedule is stacking up as the busiest since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Missions scheduled this year include travel to Afghanistan by the 153rd Military Police Company to work with native law enforcement. The National Guard is also continuing its "War on Hunger," which is in its fourth year of donations to the Food Bank of Delaware. Vavala says 40,000 pounds of food had been provided by the end of last year.