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BALTIMORE (AP) - A candidate for Baltimore state's attorney has created an online database of police officers' names after they were removed from a public website.

The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that Thiru Vignarajah shared the information after the Maryland Judiciary removed the names of officers and other law enforcement authorities over safety concerns. The names can no longer be found on the state's searchable public online court database.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Crime Commission has recommended expanding the list of crimes that require a convict's DNA sample.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the legislation would add several misdemeanors to a DNA database. They include assault and battery, domestic assault and shoplifting.

Opponents of the measure argue that such an expansion would disproportionately affect minorities. It could also strain the budget.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database.

Del. Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, the chief sponsor, says right now Maryland State Police can't systematically identify criminals who are required by law to surrender their guns.