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In this image taken from video and provided by abc15.com, men lasso one of two quick-footed llamas after they dashed in and out of traffic before they were captured, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Sun City, Ariz., a Phoenix-area retirement community. The llamas thwarted numerous attempts by sheriff's deputies and bystanders to round them up before they were roped into custody. (AP Photo/abc15.com) MANDATORY CREDIT.

Two llamas on loose lassoed near Phoenix

Friday, February 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their …

Advocates for solar development urge state task force to lift ‘net metering’ limits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task force to lift “net metering” limits and boost the target for the amount of electricity generated from sunshine. Net metering allows utility customers to generate …

Vermont attorney general joins petition field with NRC raising questions about financial health of Entergy Nuclear

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The attorney general of Vermont has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about the ability of Entergy Nuclear ability to pay for decommissioning the now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It also seeks an investigation into Entergy’s fiscal health in relation to the Vernon plant as well as Pilgrim Station in Plymouth and the FitzPatrick reactor in Oswego, N.Y. …

South walloped by wintry weather

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week. Schools, daycares and offices closed ahead of the storm and governors once …

Cold takes toll on NE wildlife, too

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GRAFTON — New England’s epic snowfalls haven’t just made life miserable for humans: animals are suffering, too. Veterinarians with Tufts University’s wildlife clinic say subzero temperatures and heavy snows have savaged birds and critters that struggle to survive …

Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BALI ISLAND, India — The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down. The water has taken everything else from them, …

Canada goose settles in at Sunderland garage

Monday, February 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A goose showed up on Sharon Wysk’s doorstep Sunday afternoon and stayed, apparently comfortable, healthy, and interested in going indoors. At 4 p.m., a Canada goose stood on one foot inside Wysk’s garage, waiting patiently on the concrete step to the interior door with one eye …

Valley Views: Junco with snowflake

Friday, February 20, 2015

Junco with Snowflake Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley During the morning snowstorm Jan. 24, I set up my tripod and camera on my back porch in South Hadley hoping to …

National Grid joins Eversource Energy as developer of Access Northeast project to increase natural gas supply

Thursday, February 19, 2015

National Grid is joining the former Northeast Utilities in a $3 billion project to bring an additional 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the region for electricity generation. Eversource Energy — formerly Northeast Utilities — and Houston-based Spectra Energy on Wednesday helped announce that …

Roofs across NE sag under weight of snow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said …

From the Gulf to New England, cold grips nation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South. While some shivered, others bundled up …

T’d off: Transit system woes irk Boston commuters

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston’s transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. Commuter, subway and …

Vermont Yankee decommissioning subject of Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Thursday

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Decommissioning plans for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be aired at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. The meeting will review the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report for the 42-year-old power plant in Vernon that …