The annual summer fighting season is now well underway in Afghanistan, with nearly daily suicide bombings, assassinations, and other high-profile attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups. But one thing appears decidedly different this...
By Lawrence Harmon and Noah Guiney It’s been a struggle for the 19 at-large candidates for Boston City Council to gain notice during the highly...
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KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say they have made an arrest in the hit and run death of a New Hampshire man whose body was found by his friends after he never showed up to meet them.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bob Filner has almost vanished from public view since a defiant resignation speech as San Diego mayor amid widespread allegations that he sexually harassed women. He returns to the spotlight at least once more.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A multi-vehicle crash closed part of Interstate 95 in southwestern Connecticut for about two hours as road conditions turned slippery with the arrival of a wintry storm.
Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate’s minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Obama’s nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.Despite last month’s Democratic power play over the filibuster rule, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama’s appointments. Left unchanged were other rules that the out-of-power party could use to grind the chamber’s work to an excruciating crawl. Monday starts a two-week, year-end Senate session in which Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, hopes to finish work on a modest budget deal, a defense bill and other lingering items.It will also be the first test of how Republicans respond to the Democratic changes
PHILADELPHIA — A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain on the Mid-Atlantic region Sunday and headed northeast, threatening to bring as much as a foot of snow to sections of Delaware and New Jersey. The storm covered the fields of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers with white and forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the United States. The storm slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of crashes involving 50 cars. The National Weather Service says snow accumulation in some sections of Delaware and southern New Jersey could reach 9 to 11 inches.
OKLAHOMA CITY — In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps. The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009, and it was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal. But the New York-based Satanic Temple notified the Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument.
The Rhode Island town of Exeter has become a battleground in the broader debate over gun laws as residents decide whether to recall four council members who wanted to tweak the way concealed gun permits are issued. Voters will decide on Dec. 14 whether to oust the officials, who wanted the attorney general to oversee permits for the town. The town clerk currently handles the permits.
Officials said a man was been hit by a car and seriously injured on Route 9 in Hadley about noon on Sunday. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says the man was trying to cross the highway but wasn’t in a crosswalk when he was struck.
It’s December, winter is on the horizon and Vermont’s snowmobile season is set to open — if there’s enough snow. Snowmobile clubs across the state are putting up signs, fixing bridges and trimming brush on the 4,700 miles of groomed corridor trails and 1,500 miles of less-well maintained feeder trails in anticipation of the Dec. 16 start.
NEW YORK — A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. ‘‘I know you’re going to hear from Metro-North that there are costs, but the costs of these audio and visual recorders is minuscule, in fact negligible, compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars that this tragic incident will cost Metro-North in the end,’’ said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Blumenthal joined New York Sen. Charles Schumer for a news conference at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. Last Sunday, a Metro-North Railroad train approached a curve on the tracks just north of Manhattan going at 82 mph instead of 30 mph.
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