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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 …

Peace Prize nominees include pope, champion of rape victims

Monday, February 1, 2016

STAVANGER, Norway — A woman who champions the rights of Islamic State rape victims, Pope Francis and the Afghan women’s cycling team are among the known candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as the nomination window was …

Cats in Maine still await inheritance from $200,000 estate

Monday, February 1, 2016

DIXFIELD, Maine — A Maine town and a group of cat caretakers have sued estate trustees in a long-running dispute over a woman’s wishes that her life savings go to care for abandoned cats. Barbara Thorpe died in 2002 and left most of her $200,000 estate to give …

Candidates campaign to bitter end in Iowa

Sunday, January 31, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa — From sounding duck calls to predicting the weather, presidential contenders are blanketing Iowa in a final frenzy to close the deal before Monday’s Iowa caucuses begin the formal process of choosing President Barack Obama’s …

Witness to migrant disaster describes screams

Sunday, January 31, 2016

AYVACIK, Turkey — A witness to the drowning of 37 people including babies and other young children off Turkey’s coast described the horror and screams in the moments after the boat carrying the migrants slammed into rocks, saying …

China blasts US naval incursion near island

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BEIJING — China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China’s vast sea claims. …

Cosby calls himself mentor to accuser in criminal case

Sunday, January 31, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s attraction to Andrea Constand began the moment he spied her across a Temple University gym in about 2002. The flirting — some would say grooming — began almost immediately. When Constand, a Temple women’s …

Bombings kill dozens in Syria

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GENEVA — A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held his first meeting with members of the main …

Makeshift memorial springs up for rancher

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BURNS, Ore. — About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot and killed by police last week on U.S. Highway 395 north …

After arrests, focus turns to Calif. inmates’ escape

Sunday, January 31, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Now that the three violent inmates who escaped from a California jail are back in custody, the focus will turn to how they were able to saw, crawl and climb their way out …

Two remaining escaped inmates arrested in San Francisco

Saturday, January 30, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff’s officials said Saturday. Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, …