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New Maryland law requires smoke alarms with long-life batteries

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A new law in Maryland aims to increase the likelihood that people's lives will be saved by smoke alarms during a fire, officials said. Legislation approved by Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday requires that battery-operated smoke alarms in homes have sealed-in batteries designed to last 10 years. The alarms also need to have a "hush" button that allows people to silence the alarms without...