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The Arctic is an “indicator region” for the rest of the planet: small differences in temperature there can have profound ecosystem impacts — and can give us a better idea of the types of problems we can all expect down the road.

Earth Talk: Artic changes have wide-ranging effects

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?                Joseph Constabile, Dedham The image of a polar bear standing on a shrinking iceberg has become one of the most iconic symbols of global warming, yet few of us realize just how important the …

veterans voice

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Announcements Advocates seek input from veterans and their families on non-VA health care services. Advocates for western Massachusetts veterans are surveying veterans and their families to better understand health care services that are provided outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. The survey will also ask veterans and their families to identify services that are not currently available. The survey …

5 victims found in Chicago home stabbed, 1 was shot

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CHICAGO — Five of the people whose bodies were found in a house on Chicago’s South Side this week were stabbed to death and a sixth victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said Friday, and none of the victims killed themselves. Autopsies showed the cause of death of two of the stabbing …

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the …

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement signaled efforts …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming …

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. Firefighters rushed to pull out survivors. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other …

Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

Friday, February 5, 2016

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the …

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

Friday, February 5, 2016

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the …

Granby voters face decision on $34.2 million school project at special Town Meeting

Friday, February 5, 2016

GRANBY — Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting on Monday to approve a $34.2 elementary school project that calls for renovating one building and constructing another. The Massachusetts School Building Authority announced last week that it would reimburse the town for a little more than …

‘Hear Our Voices’ against mandatory minimum sentences Sunday in Northampton as state Sen. James Eldridge joins formerly incarcerated women

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The women of Voices from Inside, a writing and leadership training program for incarcerated women, and state Sen. James B. Eldridge will join forces to speak against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses in Massachusetts at an event in Northampton on Sunday. “It is an extremely …

World leaders pledge $10B for Syrian relief

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LONDON — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will save lives, will give hope, will …