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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, Massachusetts, are leading a national project to engage students on …

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, other top pols

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 …

Holy city on edge in wake of attacks

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JERUSALEM — Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks. The holy city …

Baltimore prison corruption case goes to trial

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BALTIMORE — Gang leaders ruled the Baltimore City Detention Center, using smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets outside, dealing drugs and getting four guards pregnant, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of a major corruption …

Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister …

Environmental news in brief

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EPA chief says not all greenhouse gas cuts from power plants WASHINGTON — The ambitious reductions to greenhouse gases that President Barack Obama pledged in China last week will not lead to deeper emissions cuts at power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. At a …

Waterborne virus may be cause of epidemic killing sea stars by the millions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SEATTLE — Grisly sea star deaths are continuing to litter the tidelands along the West Coast with decaying, ghostly goo, but scientists now believe they, at least, may have identified a potential culprit. New evidence suggests a mysterious …

Some question legacy of John Muir, patron saint of environmentalism, as centennial of his death nears

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — John Muir is the patron saint of environmentalism, an epic figure whose writings of mystical enlightenment attained during lone treks in California’s wilderness glorified individualism, saved Yosemite and helped establish the national park system. As the first president of the Sierra Club, Muir shaped enduring …

Debra Tate says plan by Charles Manson to wed 26-year-old ‘insane’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in …

Four dead in wake of NY blizzard

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Four people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women’s basketball team, to ride it out on a day when …

Five killed in attack at Israeli synagogue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions …

Keystone pipeline rejected; Senate 1 vote short, but GOP vows replay

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of …