09/19/2014 03:55 PM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- Nearly nine in 10 high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, state education officials said Friday, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state’s largest cities were in danger of failing.   Full Story
Questions remain over pot company’s HIV program
09/19/2014 11:57 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and AIDS patients at dispensaries it owns in other cities. Full Story

09/19/2014 09:42 AM EDT - AMHERST (AP) -- A new report examining what went wrong at the so-called Blarney Blowout parties in Amherst last March faults both the University of Massachusetts for failing to recognize the potential for things to get out of hand and the town of Amherst’s police for the premature use of pepper spray to disperse crowds.   Full Story
New Bedford man gets life for killing teen mother
09/19/2014 06:38 AM EDT - FALL RIVER (AP) -- A New Bedford man has been sent to prison for life for fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman and injuring her 17-year-old boyfriend. Full Story

09/19/2014 06:36 AM EDT - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site.   Full Story
09/19/2014 12:50 PM EDT - TYNGSBORO -- Police arrested a Nashua man early Friday morning after he allegedly hit a police officer.   Full Story
Soldier from Mass. killed in Afghanistan
09/19/2014 08:12 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- An Army paratrooper who grew up in Massachusetts has been killed in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said 41-year-old Maj. Full Story

09/19/2014 08:13 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation.   Full Story
Groton board OKs zoning change for Prescott
09/19/2014 08:13 AM EDT - GROTON -- Two properties owned by the town were at the top of the Planning Board's agenda when members held public hearings Thursday to review proposed amendments to the town's zoning bylaws. Full Story

09/19/2014 08:27 AM EDT - EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment -- and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath -- after voters turned out in huge numbers for an independence   Full Story
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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. - Hoosick Falls Central School District is three weeks into the new school year, and three weeks into its new college and career readiness initiative, the College Completion Project. New York State Sen. Kathleen Marchione (R-43) visited the district schools on Thursday to get an overview of the project and express her continued support for its implementation.   Full Story

CORRECTED: Southern Vermont College unveils new admissions building
09/19/2014 05:40 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new admissions building on Thursday, and dedicated the building to the alumni who made it possible. The Wagner House, formerly known as the Gate House, is located at 897 Monument Avenue, and was once part of the Edward Everett estate that would eventually serve as the SVC campus. Full Story

09/18/2014 10:08 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Planning Board heard proposals for industrial, residential and commercial development at its regular meeting Wednesday night. The planning board approved all three proposals contingent on the approval by the village and the following of building codes and fire codes.   Full Story
Three charged with trying to enter home
09/18/2014 10:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Three men from the Bronx are facing felony charges after police say they tried to force their way into a Pratt Street apartment over a $5,000 drug debt. Ahmed Bilal, 32, Melvin Henriquez, 22, and Justin Lopez, 20, each pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to two counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling, one count of conspiracy to sell drugs, three misdemeanor counts Full Story

09/18/2014 10:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A Sandgate man is accused of strangling and hitting a woman during an argument. Nikolaus Trombley, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to two counts of aggravated domestic assault and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault. He was released on conditions that he not contact the woman and check in daily at the Manchester Police Station.   Full Story
09/19/2014 06:25 AM EDT - NEWFANE -- Though he's been an educator for years, Scotty Tabachnick says he's "growing and learning a lot" in his new role as NewBrook Elementary School principal.   Full Story
Brattleboro Selectboard looks at human service funding
09/19/2014 06:20 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- As the Selectboard starts working on the proposed 2016 budget, money will once again be very tight. Full Story

Josh Larkin
09/19/2014 06:26 AM EDT - MONTPELIER -- One Vermont political advocacy group is challenging the legality of another group's activities in a dispute that's part of a larger battle over Vermont's campaign finance laws.   Full Story
Dover proceeding with caution on Open Meeting Law
09/18/2014 10:04 PM EDT - DOVER -- Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk says the town has not complied with Open Meeting Law. Full Story

09/19/2014 06:27 AM EDT - BELLOWS FALLS -- It's difficult to read stories of legal cases pertaining to child sexual abuse.   Full Story
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The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink

TOKYO (AP) — The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Full Story
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E! says 'Fashion Police' will continue

The E! TV channel says that "Fashion Police" will continue without Joan Rivers. In a statement Friday, the channel said it "thought long and hard" about what Rivers would have wanted for the show. Full Story