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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor says she wants to explore removing the city's Confederate monuments. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh tells The Baltimore Sun that the "city does want to remove" the monuments. She said the city will take a "closer look about how we go about following in the footsteps of New Orleans." New Orleans recently removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy.

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A fisheries science center is funding research projects designed to learn more about a pair of valuable ocean clams. The work will concern the ocean quahog and surf clam, which are clams of high economic value that are fished along the East Coast. They are popular in chowders and other seafood dishes. The Science Center for Marine Fisheries is funding the research as part of $200,000 it is allocating for a host of fisheries research projects.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season. He says people should talk to their insurance agents to make sure they know what their named-storm and hurricane deductibles are in their homeowner and rental insurance policies. He encourages people to invest in a flood insurance policy.

St. Tammany Parish, La. (AP) - A Louisiana skydiving instructor died Sunday, and his trainee injured, after he lost consciousness during a skydiving jump. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says the instructor and trainee were performing a tandem jump on the Royal Golf Course in Slidell, Louisiana, shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday when the instructor lost consciousness after leaving the airplane. Witnesses say both skydivers hit the ground hard.

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