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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy has seen a big increase in cyber operations majors, and a U.S. senator says midshipmen could become assets in working on cyber challenges before they graduate.

The academy's Board of Visitors got an update Monday on construction of the academy's $106 million cybersecurity building. The meeting was held on the third floor of Nimitz Library, overlooking an active construction site.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the superintendent, says classes could begin in Hopper Hall in 2020.

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The Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead has the nation reeling and politicians scrambling to respond. President Donad Trump praised the first responders and expressed condolences for those who lost their lives. But students at the high school are now demanding action on gun safety.

Last week also saw the failure of the U.S. Senate to approve legislation that would have allowed those undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to stay under the DACA program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin has filed for re-election, saying he always runs a very aggressive campaign on the issues and plans to do so again. This time it'll be against Chelsea Manning.

Cardin filed Monday to run for his third U.S. Senate term.

Manning, a transgender woman and former U.S. Army private who was convicted of leaking over 700,000 classified documents, filed last month to run in the Democratic primary.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Chelsea Manning's bid for U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

Political analysts say Manning's high profile will prevent two-term Sen. Ben Cardin from essentially ignoring his primary challenger in the heavily Democratic state.

Cardin won the seat in an open race in 2006 and hasn't faced a serious threat since.

Cardin said Tuesday in Baltimore that he looks forward to a strong campaign featuring Manning or anyone else.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The University of Maryland is getting a sea grant.

Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have announced the nearly $288,000 federal grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The program is administered through the University System of Maryland. It's part of a network of 33 national sea grant programs.

The program supports the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal waters.

Recent research has helped develop new approaches in oyster aquaculture and boost the bay's blue crab population.

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ODENTON, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is joining a discussion about connections between federal issues and local small business success in Maryland.

Cardin will join small business owners for the discussion on Friday in Odenton.

Cardin, a Democrat, is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

He also will hear from business owners on issues at the federal level that affect their businesses.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's senior senator says planned replenishment of Ocean City's beach has been moved up a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sen. Ben Cardin says the $3 million project will begin after this summer is over, instead of the end of the 2018 season. The project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2018 summer.

Cardin and other politicians and officials announced the advance Monday on Ocean City's boardwalk.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay's 2016 report card is being released.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is releasing its 11th annual report on the health of the nation's largest estuary on Monday in Baltimore.

Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to attend a news conference at Baltimore's Inner Harbor to discuss the report.

Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Mark Belton, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, also are scheduled to attend.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be taking part in a discussion on foreign policy.

It's scheduled for Friday morning at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Maryland Democrat will be including a special focus on new ways to increase diversity of the national security workforce.

This week, Cardin introduced legislation designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the departments of state and defense, as well as other agencies focused on shaping and implementing U.S. foreign policy.

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Senator Ben Cardin praised the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base believed to have been used for the chemical air strike that left at least 70 people dead.

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