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Tanner Kelting-Massaro, 8 1/2, of Amherst forsakes a ramp for the stairs during a circuit around the skate park at Veterans' Field in Northampton on Sunday.

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 do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college in New Hampshire, and Mount Wachusett, a two-year college in Gardner, …

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 Connecticut-based Family Institute of Connecticut and Second Thoughts Connecticut. Other sponsors included the Euthanasia Prevention …

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 Advisory Commission on Public Compensation is scheduled to make recommendations on Dec. 1. The panel …

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 …

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after more than 7 feet of snow in NY

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. But she was still out first-thing Saturday with her shovel …

Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy …

Marine who wears robotic leg braces receives his Bronze Star

Friday, November 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was silent …

Missouri community tense as grand jury continues to meet

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still …

More snow brings Buffalo total to 7 feet

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. …

US frees 5 from Guantanamo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MIAMI — Five prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a renewed effort to close the detention center at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, officials said Thursday. Three men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. They were among dozens of …

Obama takes steps to spare 5 million from deportation

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, …

Roads likely busier this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are …