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CAROL LOLLIS
Barbara Landry an employee at  Williston, checks the pews after cleaning  Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend.

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress …

Senate OKs $38 billion state budget

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate passed a $38 billion state budget early Friday that lawmakers say makes critical investments in local aid, education, economic development and services for vulnerable residents of the state. The Senate version of the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 will head to a six-member legislative committee that will hammer out differences from the House version. Republican …

Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press. The heavily …

Cubans stranded at sea aboard Coast Guard ship

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned. The would-be immigrants …

State makes changes to pot dispensary rules

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BOSTON — The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program. The changes outlined Friday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as …

US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The …

Canada to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030

Saturday, May 16, 2015

TORONTO — Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government said it formally submitted its target to the United …

Reaction to Marathon bomber’s death sentence

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Here is some of the reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: ∎ “Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye.’” — Bombing victim …

Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper

Saturday, May 16, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there …

Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BOSTON — A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with …

New mystery in crash: Was it hit by object?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation’s busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident. National Transportation Safety …

Crash probe eyes reason for Amtrak train’s speed

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Bostian was obsessed with trains while growing up, talked about them constantly and wanted to be an engineer or a conductor. “He would go on vacation and bring back subway maps,” Stefanie McGee, a friend …