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A dump truck waits to dump snow that is being hauled from surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Threat of flooding hangs over Buffalo

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt. Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday. “Err on …

S.C.’s Graham rejects GOP Benghazi report as ‘garbage’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his GOP colleagues on Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.” Sen. Lindsey Graham …

Islamic State group actively recruits, exploits children

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off …

Barry, former DC mayor, dies at 78

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of …

Afghan suicide bomber kills 45

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said. The bloodshed came just …

Japanese quake levels 50 homes

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TOKYO — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in …

NJ eyes college policy of ‘affirmative consent’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But …

Vatican prosecutor didn’t report abusive priest

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed …

Colleges nationwide hope to engage students on wealth gap

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to …

Assisted suicide opponents meet in Connecticut

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Organizers say about 140 people turned out for a daylong conference on assisted suicide. The two-day event, dubbed East Coast Against Assisted Suicide, wrapped up Saturday in Windsor Locks. It was sponsored by several groups that oppose legislation legalizing the practice, including the …

Panel mulls pay hikes for governor, others

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — Among the many decisions Gov.-elect Charlie Baker and the next Legislature could face is a potentially awkward one: Whether to back a salary hike for the state’s chief executive and other top elected officials. The Special …

State pushes locally grown food for holiday table

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — As Massachusetts residents plan their Thanksgiving Day menus, state agriculture officials are asking that they consider buying local. Several communities are planning to hold holiday farmers’ markets over the weekend and leading up the holiday, featuring turkeys, cranberries, pumpkins and other Massachusetts-grown food products. For …

Barricades go up as Ferguson grand jury decision awaited in Michael Brown case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely …