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COLLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland marching band will at least temporarily stop playing the state's official song, which includes a reference to "Northern scum" and other pro-Confederate lyrics.

University spokeswoman Katie Lawson tells news media outlets that school officials are suspending the playing of "Maryland, My Maryland" to "evaluate if it is consistent with the values" of the school. The marching band played the song during football pregame shows.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House lawmakers have stalled a bill to revise the state song to remove Civil War-era references to "Northern scum" and other phrases some consider offensive.

A leading lawmaker said Thursday that House delegates voiced different opinions on what to do about "Maryland, My Maryland," the song written in 1861 and adopted in 1939.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have taken a step to scrub references to "Northern scum" and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases from the official state song.

The Maryland Senate voted 37-8 Thursday for changes to the official state song. The measure now goes to the House.

"Maryland, My Maryland" was written in 1861 by James Ryder Randall, when he was despondent over the death of a friend who was shot while protesting Union troops in Baltimore. It refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a "despot."

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia's congressional delegation says the Navy has agreed to homeport its newest aircraft carrier in Norfolk.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is under construction in Newport News. It is the numerical replacement for the USS Enterprise, which was also based in Norfolk. The Ford is expected to join the fleet in 2016, bringing the total number of U.S. aircraft carriers back up to 11.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is celebrating the 150th anniversary marking the end of slavery in the state, a milestone that came after the Emancipation Proclamation.

While President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation in January 1863, slavery remained in place for many states, including Maryland.

Maryland amended its constitution on Nov. 1, 1864, more than a year before slavery was abolished nationwide with the 13th Amendment.