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Worker Henry Wright, of Jamaica, picks ginger gold apples, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass. As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Bountiful harvest Region looks toward abundant apple crop

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BOSTON — As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year’s and 18 percent above the region’s five-year average. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts the total New England apple …

Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal

Monday, August 31, 2015

WHEELOCK, Vt. — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free. But in that time only nine students from the town of …

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of …

Fisherman on TV’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ denies fraud

Monday, August 10, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fisherman featured on the reality show “Wicked Tuna” pleaded not guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that he collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled. The indictment handed down last month says Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Barre, Vermont, accepted …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …

Eastern snakes fall to fungal malady

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Vt. — Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can’t protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the …

Retiring FBI chief assesses state of play

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSTON — Vincent Lisi, the special agent in charge of the Boston division of the FBI, is retiring Aug. 31 after 26 years with the FBI and two years at the helm in Boston. He arrived three months …

Bicyclist killed in Boston was Swiss surgeon, researcher

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSTON — Colleagues in Boston say the bicyclist struck and killed by a flatbed tractor trailer truck on Friday was a talented Swiss surgeon and medical researcher. Police said Dr. Anita Kurmann, 38, was struck at about 7 a.m. Friday at Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue. They later …

2016 ballot proposal would allow more charter schools in Massachusetts

Saturday, August 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts charter school supporters have filed a proposed ballot question for 2016 to expand the number of charter schools allowed by the state. The proposal is reigniting a familiar debate pitting supporters of traditional public schools and backers of charters schools, which also are public schools …

With Boston heist suspects dead, FBI focuses on finding art

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — With the two men suspected of robbing a museum of $500 million worth of artwork in 1990 now dead, investigators say they are focused on one thing — finding the missing masterpieces. Peter Kowenhoven, the FBI’s …

2 iconic New England lighthouses are back in the spotlight

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Two beacons that guided New England mariners past treacherous shoals for generations are back in the spotlight. The Nantucket Lightship, billed as America’s oldest and largest floating lighthouse, switched on its powerful beacon for the first …

Gov. Baker files bill to encourage expansion of solar power

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation he says will encourage the development of solar energy projects in Massachusetts. Baker said the bill he filed on Friday will raise existing caps on the state’s “net metering” program …

New video released in unsolved art heist at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Twenty-five years after the famed art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, law enforcement officials released new surveillance video Thursday showing an unauthorized visitor entering the museum the night before the robbery. Authorities hope the …