07/23/2014 10:23 AM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?   Full Story
Westfield man dies while scuba diving
07/23/2014 07:58 AM EDT - Westfield man dies while scuba diving  Full Story

07/23/2014 07:57 AM EDT - Massachusetts House to debate abortion clinic bill   Full Story
Air defense drill planned over southern Vermont, western Massachusetts
07/22/2014 12:13 PM EDT - ROME, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit will be conducting an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states. Full Story

07/22/2014 12:09 PM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- State authorities are warning Massachusetts residents about a nationwide phone scam that aggressively targets taxpayers.   Full Story
07/24/2014 12:44 AM EDT - BURLINGTON -- A Burlington police officer and another driver were taken to Lahey Clinic with non life-threatening injuries after a crash on Cambridge Street at Nelson Road, according to police.   Full Story
Lowell police: Burglar shoved pregnant woman to floor
07/24/2014 12:34 AM EDT - LOWELL -- Police say a pregnant woman came to her Dutton Street apartment Wednesday afternoon to find a burglar inside her home, and that the burglar shoved the woman to the floor as he fled out the door. Full Story

07/23/2014 11:33 PM EDT - LOWELL -- Finn's Pub and Brian's Ivy Hall were open for business Wednesday night after a Superior Court judge Wednesday ruled the city made an error in law by immediately closing both businesses after a License Commission meeting last week.   Full Story
City manager announces hirings, promotions
07/23/2014 10:55 PM EDT - LOWELL -- City Manager Kevin Murphy announced Wednesday that he has hired Mike McGovern as assistant city manager. Full Story

07/23/2014 10:44 PM EDT - By Colleen Quinn State House News Service BOSTON -- Plaintiffs in civil cases would be able to specify an amount for damages, and their attorneys would be able to ask questions directly of potential jurors, under legislative changes to the   Full Story
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07/23/2014 10:01 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington hosted its first "Beer and Spirits Forum" at Colgate Park on Wednesday evening, with guest speakers representing brewers, hop farmers, and government entities. Organized by Peter Odierna, executive director of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and Michael Harrington, Bennington's economic and community development director, the forum   Full Story
Local Navy veteran faces prison time for drone protest
07/23/2014 09:55 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY -- An 80-year-old local Navy veteran is facing a potential year in prison if convicted of charges stemming from his involvement in an anti-drone protest at a New York Air Force base in April. Andrew Schoerke, of Shaftsbury, is a retired U.S. Navy captain and a member of Veterans for Peace Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter. Full Story

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07/23/2014 10:04 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Since opening as a RE/MAX affiliate on Northside Drive in 2008, Maple Leaf Realty has grown to be more than an independent realty office. Indeed, it has a distinct place in the business community. Maple Leaf's owners Troy Richardson and Kathy Sollien and their affiliated Realtors work with property owners to lease and manage properties, and oversee the sales of   Full Story
Live animals will be highlight of children's wildlife program
07/23/2014 09:57 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, July 27, One World Conservation Center, on Route 7 in Bennington, will host the program, "Wildlife in Vermont," with Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. The program, which starts at 4 p.m., costs $4 for a single person and $8 per family, and is made possible by donations from sponsors Whitman's Feed Store and Wills Insurance. Full Story

07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A River Street man is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a period of years. Robert L. Gibbons Jr., 53, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to aggravated sexual assault of a victim under 13, and repeated aggravated sexual assault of a child. The first charge, if convicted, carries a 10-year minimum sentence, while the second carries a minimum   Full Story
07/23/2014 06:43 AM EDT - VERNON -- From time to time, Seth Deyo has heard grumblings when the pending arrival of bad weather forces closure of the Vernon town pool.   Full Story
Vermont group criticizes gun death report
07/23/2014 06:15 AM EDT - A report showing that Vermont had more gun-related deaths than highway fatalities in 2011 is an anomaly, sportsmen's groups say. Full Story

07/23/2014 06:44 AM EDT - LEYDEN, MASS. -- To get an idea of the scope of a massive land-preservation effort in this town on the Vermont border, one needs only to look at a long list of partners for that project.   Full Story
Peeping Tom in town? Hinsdale police chief calls community meeting
07/23/2014 06:21 AM EDT - HINSDALE, N.H. -- The chief of the local police department has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday night to discuss suspicious activity that has raised concerns that someone might be looking into people's windows around town. Full Story

07/23/2014 06:45 AM EDT - DUMMERSTON -- It's summertime, which means the girls are back in town.   Full Story
New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. Full Story
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Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Full Story