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Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need … 0

Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

Friday, April 18, 2014

BC-VT--Vermont Yankee,126 Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press VERNON, Vt. — The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year. The zone around the Vernon reactor includes towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In the … 0

Diplomats strike deal to ease Ukraine crisis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not set out specific directions for Ukraine’s future, but it requires all sides to halt any … 0

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took … 0

UN OKs force for Central African Republic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, where mounting violence between Christians and Muslims has brought killings, torture and sexual violence. The 10,000 U.N. … 0

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage … 0

Expert baffled by ferocity, distance of ‘freakish’ landslide

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SEATTLE — Richard Iverson may be one of the world’s foremost landslide experts, but if he had been driving along the Stillaguamish River March 22 when the slope across from Steelhead Drive began to crumble, he wouldn’t have fled to high ground. He would have pulled over to … 0

Ex-Westfield State president’s lawsuit advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees and … 0

Teen stabs 22 in rampage at Pittsburgh-area school

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an … 0

Obama mourns Fort Hood victims

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FORT HOOD, Texas — President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation’s comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during … 0

House panel refers ex-IRS official to Justice

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency’s tea party controversy. Committee investigators say they have … 0

Putin raises economic pressure on Ukraine

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by … 0

Bomb blast in Pakistan kills 22

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Islamabad on Wednesday, killing 22 people and wounding dozens more in a new attack in the Pakistani capital, which until recently had … 0