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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city of Annapolis has a new mayor.

Gavin Buckley was sworn in Monday as the city's 137th mayor.

Buckley, a Democrat, is a local businessman who has established several restaurants along the city's West Street corridor.

Buckley campaigned on using his 25 years of local business experience to shape the city into an area that serves locals and tourists alike in Maryland's historic capital city.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday gratefully thanked U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for sacrificing for fellow Americans "who won't be asked to make sacrifices for you."

With a mix of humor and pathos, the six-term Arizona senator returned to his alma mater to speak to the Brigade of Midshipmen and field a few questions at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

McCain, 81, described himself as an "undistinguished member of the class of 1958" who now stands as the "luckiest guy you'll ever know." 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A restaurant owner in Maryland's state capital has defeated a longtime state senator in the Democratic mayoral primary in Annapolis.

Gavin Buckley, who's making his first run for public office, campaigned as a candidate with new ideas.

State Sen. John Astle, who has represented Annapolis in the state Senate for more than 20 years, conceded the race Tuesday night, less than an hour after poll close.

Incumbent Mayor Mike Pantelides cruised to victory over attorney Nevin Young in the Republican primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city of Annapolis is holding its primary for voters to choose candidates for mayor and city council.

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is running against Nevin Young in the Republican primary on Tuesday. State Sen. John Astle and Gavin Buckley, an Annapolis small business owner, are running in the Democratic primary for mayor.

Voters also will be choosing candidates for the eight seats on the City Council in Annapolis, which is the state capital.

Polls open at 7 a.m. They close at 8 p.m.

The general election is Nov. 7.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Electronic guns, such as Tasers, can now legally be carried in Annapolis.

The Capital of Annapolis reports the Annapolis City Council unanimously voted Monday to repeal the city's ban against the weaponry. The decision comes after the Supreme Court in March questioned the constitutionality of stun gun bans and suggested that Second Amendment protections applied to electronic weapons.

Gun rights activists had filed a lawsuit against the city following the ruling.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy are decorating a tree to inspire giving.

The U.S. Naval Academy says in a statement that it will hold a ceremony Tuesday in honor of its 26th annual "Giving Tree."

Midshipmen at the school in Annapolis decorate the tree with paper and angel ornaments provided by the Salvation Army. Each ornament has the first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and wish list of items for a child in need in the local community.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources Police say a swimming fatality near Annapolis was the state's third accidental water death in a week.

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson says 18-year-old Christopher Cervasio of Annapolis died Saturday while swimming in the Little Magothy River. She says he was missing for about three hours before his body was found.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Claggett Jr. of Indian Head died during a swimming trip Tuesday in the Port Tobacco River near Chapel Point State Park in Charles County.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - One man has been killed and two others injured in a boating accident in Annapolis.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said in a statement that 49-year-old Paul Dettor was thrown from a 20-foot boat Sunday night when the vessel hit a rock jetty in Whitehall Creek. He was found on the rock jetty and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities did not release a cause of death.

Two other men who were on board the boat were treated for minor injuries.

Police say Dettor is the eighth person to die in a boating incident in Maryland this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis officials are marking the opening of the city's newly renovated City Dock.

Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton will join city officials on Wednesday for the official grand opening.

The department helped secure a $1.5 million federal grant to assist the city with the renovation. The Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant is the largest of its kind Maryland has ever received and the maximum amount allowed under the program.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police say a handgun was found under a dumpster at an Annapolis elementary school.

The Capital reports the gun was found Wednesday morning at Georgetown East Elementary School.

Police say officers responded shortly before 7:40 a.m. after a custodian told them he found a 9mm Ruger revolver under a dumpster on the side of the building.

Police confiscated the loaded gun.

City police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez says detectives were following up on indications that it may have been stolen.