07/30/2014 06:33 AM EDT - PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Amtrak’s Downeaster is wrapping up the worst month for train cancellations since the passenger rail service launched more than a decade ago.   Full Story
 
Massachusetts lawmakers gear up for final push
07/30/2014 06:32 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up for the final two days of its formal session with a handful of major bills still awaiting action. Full Story

07/29/2014 12:48 PM EDT - HOLYOKE (AP) -- Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination but a Holyoke couple wants to make them part of their names.   Full Story
 
Revere cleans up after tornado
07/29/2014 08:42 AM EDT - REVERE (AP) -- The cleanup is continuing in Revere after an EF-2 tornado packing winds of up to 120 mph hit the city just north of Boston. Full Story

07/29/2014 06:32 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- Divers have freed a whale watch boat that got stuck off the coast of Massachusetts, and the vessel could soon be headed back to shore after its 157 passengers spent a long night at sea.   Full Story
 
 
07/30/2014 06:35 AM EDT - LOWELL -- A 46-year-old Lowell man accused of dragging his unconscious German shepherd puppy by a leash during the Lowell Folk Festival a year ago was given a suspended sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to animal cruelty.   Full Story
 
N.H. man held on $1M in teen's kidnapping
07/30/2014 06:35 AM EDT - CONWAY, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom. Full Story

07/30/2014 10:22 AM EDT - Crews on Tuesday demolished the apartment building at 77-85 Branch St., the scene of a three-alarm fire early on the morning of July 10 that killed seven people, including five members of one family.   Full Story
 
Charter-school activists may seek question on 2016 Massachusetts ballot
07/30/2014 06:35 AM EDT - By Matt Murphy State House News Service BOSTON -- It's more than two years away, but charter-school advocates are already eyeing the 2016 ballot after the state Senate dealt a blow earlier this summer to the movement to expand enrollment in Full Story

07/30/2014 11:08 AM EDT - LOWELL -- Set free in December 2012 in the wake of the state drug-lab scandal, Christopher J. Koziol -- who already served five years in prison in that case and has a pending drunken-driving case -- now faces a cocaine-trafficking charge after a   Full Story
 
 
07/29/2014 10:22 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Pownal woman who in May crashed her vehicle into two houses on Route 346. Nicole Prouty-Carbonaro, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to careless or negligent vehicle operation, and reckless endangerment. She was released on conditions.   Full Story
 
Possible Clinton candidacy draws many to Northshire
07/29/2014 10:33 PM EDT - SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Hillary Clinton might be taking the presidential oath of office on the U.S. Capitol steps 30 months from now. That's why more than 1,200 people turned out Tuesday to greet the former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State at Northshire Bookstore, where she signed copies of her book, "Hard Choices. Full Story

07/29/2014 10:20 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The former principal of the Readsboro Elementary School admitted Monday to embezzling money from grants and was given a deferred sentence plus community service. Michael Heller, 41, of Fairfax, pleaded guilty in Vermont Superior Court to one felony count of embezzlement as part of a plea agreement in which the state dropped a petit larceny charge.   Full Story
 
Police News in Brief
07/29/2014 10:23 PM EDT - Domestic assault HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Saturday, July 26, state police in Brunswick, N.Y. were contacted by the mother of Samantha Green, 38, of Hoosick Falls, who told them that her daughter had assaulted her in an incident Friday. She sustained a black eye and bruises. Troopers arrested Samantha Green at her home on Saturday for 3rd-degree assault. Full Story

07/29/2014 10:20 PM EDT - ARLINGTON -- The Arlington select board officially set the town’s municipal tax rate at the meeting on Monday night, and discussed the recent string of vandalism at the Arlington Rec Park, among other topics. The select board approved a municipal tax rate for 2014 of $.33 per $100 in appraised property value.   Full Story
 
 
07/30/2014 06:24 AM EDT - GUILFORD -- On Monday night, Guilford officials hired an engineer, appointed an advisory committee, resolved to send a letter and issued an apology.   Full Story
 
Three charged in Brattleboro assault and robbery
07/29/2014 10:15 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- Three Brattleboro men are accused of stealing money from a Ledgewood Heights apartment at gunpoint Monday night, with one of the victims later telling police that she feared for her life. Full Story

07/30/2014 06:26 AM EDT - MONTPELIER -- Vermont Attorney William Sorrell said Tuesday lawmakers should consider reducing the privacy of cases handled by the Department for Children and Families and other state agencies investigating the abuse and neglect of children.   Full Story
 
Trespassing at Jamaica Transfer Station is 'a major problem'
07/29/2014 10:13 PM EDT - JAMAICA -- Trespassing at the Transfer Station has become such a concern that the town will now be looking into installing lights there and surveillance cameras may come next if more security is deemed necessary. Full Story

07/30/2014 06:29 AM EDT - WILMINGTON -- Maps containing details for a proposed lift upgrade at Haystack were recently shown to the Development Review Board by Hermitage Club representatives.   Full Story
 
 
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APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from book

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Publisher HarperCollins says it will remove a passage from best-seller "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Full Story