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State OKs rules for swimming across Walden Pond

Friday, October 31, 2014

CONCORD (AP) — Massachusetts has developed guidelines for people who have long ignored a rule that bars swimming across Walden Pond. The proposed rules were developed with the help of open-water swimmers with safety in mind, said Priscilla Geigis, director of state parks for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the agency that oversees the park made famous by Henry David Thoreau. The Walden Pond Advisory Board approved them. The goals of the new rules are “managing swimming as a recreational activity at Walden Pond and balancing it with other recreational activities, mainly boating,” she told The Boston Globe. Swimming currently is allowed only in designated areas close to shore. The seven proposed rules include …

Driver arrested after car crashes through front window of Jerry's Place in South Deerfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Bent metal bar stools, skid marks on the floor and a gaping hole in the wall mark the spot where a car barreled through the front window of Jerry’s Place restaurant early Thursday morning after a Northfield woman drove through the center of town and straight into the building. “All of …

Pa. survivalist, alleged cop killer, captured

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details. Two law enforcement …

NY man beheads mother, steps in front of train

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a …

Ebola nurse, Maine battle over home quarantine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter’s hand, signaling …

2nd Ebola nurse out of hospital

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATLANTA — A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, …

Iraqi Kurds leave home to fight militants in Syria

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Thousands of cheering, flag-waving people gave a noisy send-off to a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops who left Tuesday for Turkey — the first step on their way to help their Syrian brethren fight …

Unmanned rocket explodes at liftoff

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in eastern Virginia. No injuries were reported following …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Lava creeps closer to Hawaii homes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii — After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in a Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an …

NM sheriff’s deputy charged in colleague’s shooting death

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was charged with murder Tuesday after police say he fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel. Deputy …

Probe: Engineer’s sleepiness caused 2013 NY derailment

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW YORK — A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than …

UN Ebola chief: New cases poorly tracked

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda — Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, …