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    10/23/2014 07:31 AM EDT - NORTHAMPTON >> A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman he met on an online dating service.   Full Story
     
    Worcester woman gets life for Rutland slaying
    10/23/2014 07:26 AM EDT - WORCESTER >> A Worcester woman convicted of first-degree murder for the 2011 stabbing and beating death of a Rutland man in his own home has been sentenced to life in prison. Full Story

    Barry Chin — The Boston Globe via The Associated Press
    10/22/2014 03:09 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts.   Full Story
     
    State to award subway car contract to Chinese firm
    10/22/2014 07:08 AM EDT - BOSTON >> The state is set to award a $566 million contract to a Chinese government-owned rail company for new trains for Greater Boston's subway system, the "T. Full Story

    10/22/2014 07:04 AM EDT - BOSTON >> Former Massachusetts probation commissioner John O'Brien and two deputies are set to argue before a federal judge that their convictions in a job-rigging case should be thrown out or a new trial ordered.   Full Story
     
     
    10/23/2014 08:35 AM EDT - LOWELL -- Torrential rain and high winds that began early Thursday morning will continue all day as Merrimack Valley is battered by a powerful Nor'easter causing flooding of backyards and roadways leaving cars stranded.   Full Story
     
    Article to explore Billerica Town Meeting change is nixed
    10/23/2014 06:35 AM EDT - BILLERICA -- In its final fall session, an emotionally charged Billerica Town Meeting rejected a warrant article that proposed exploring options for replacing Town Meeting. Full Story

    10/23/2014 06:35 AM EDT - A Sun Staff Report LOWELL -- The Sun's series of political debates leading up to the Nov. 4 general election continues tonight.   Full Story
     
    Lowell group-home worker guilty of assault
    10/23/2014 06:35 AM EDT - LOWELL -- A former worker at a group home in Lowell has admitted to assaulting a disabled woman in her care after the client allegedly knocked a frozen chicken to the floor. Full Story

    10/23/2014 06:34 AM EDT - LOWELL -- Slashed as partial relief to a surprise half-million-dollar deficit, one of three administrators who lost their jobs in the Chelmsford school-budget crisis has landed on her feet with a position in Lowell.   Full Story
     
     
    10/22/2014 09:53 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School District board of education listened to the external auditor's report, gave a new charter for the district's communication advisory committee and approved annual goals at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The board also discussed the assessed conditions of the school's small gym.   Full Story
     
    State union endorses local Democrats
    10/22/2014 09:50 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Vermont State Employees Association has endorsed three Democrats running for the state legislature. The three candidates are Dick Sears, Brian Campion, and Rachael Fields. Sears and Campion are running for the Senate while Fields is running unopposed in Bennington House District 2-1. Full Story

    10/22/2014 09:46 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- A court has determined that the Republican Governors Association violated campaign finance law in 2010 by taking in contributions larger than the state limit of $2,000 and that its attempt to set up a new independent expenditure political action committee didn’t get it around the law.   Full Story
     
    DRB deliberates on Shires Housing
    10/21/2014 11:00 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- After a nearly two-hour hearing in which residents repeated many of their concerns about a proposed $5.5 million housing project off Silver Street, the Development Review Board moved into deliberative session. Planning Director Dan Monks said any decision made will be issued in writing. Full Story

    10/22/2014 09:50 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A handful of local FairPoint Communications employees have been picketing locally, joining their union represented counterparts in northern New England. The strike began at midnight on Thursday. Ed Willette, of Bennington, who works as a special service technician for FairPoint said a picket line has been established at 126 Pleasant St.   Full Story
     
     
    10/23/2014 10:49 AM EDT - WILMINGTON -- Using flood guidelines refined since Tropical Storm Irene, emergency responders are on standby as the Deerfield River reached a certain level.   Full Story
     
    Vernon still hopes for hydro dam settlement
    10/22/2014 09:48 PM EDT - VERNON -- The town's long-running tax dispute with energy giant TransCanada has been scheduled for a trial early next year. Full Story

    10/23/2014 06:25 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is asking Entergy to clarify statements made in its request to change its emergency response plan at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.   Full Story
     
    Option to close Westminster West School being considered
    10/23/2014 06:27 AM EDT - WESTMINSTER -- The possibility of closing Westminster West School due to low enrollment numbers is back on the table and sure to generate heated debate in the coming months from both sides of the issue. Full Story

    10/23/2014 06:30 AM EDT - MONTPELIER -- Vermont's monthly unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.4 percent in September. The national average dipped from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, but New England's regional average rose.   Full Story
     
     
    Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. Full Story
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    'The Situation' to appear in court on tax charges

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former cast member of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" is due back in court to face federal tax charges. Full Story
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    Magic Johnson ready to assist Silicon Valley in diversity

    Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.