09/20/2014 04:42 PM EDT - RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- A Connecticut woman whose kayak tipped over while paddling on the Long Island Sound has been rescued by the U.   Full Story
Car crash kills teen driver in Winchester
09/20/2014 04:41 PM EDT - WINCHESTER (AP) -- Police are investigating an accident that occurred when a teenage driver left the road and crashed the vehicle, leaving him with fatal injuries in Winchester. Full Story

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
09/20/2014 08:09 AM EDT - By Amelia Pak-Harvey apak-harvey@lowellsun.com LOWELL -- Massachusetts legislators are supporting a push to crack down on the National Football League, calling for an end to the organization's tax-exempt status after a Washington senator   Full Story
Great Bassett effort not enough for Middies
09/20/2014 06:37 AM EDT - LAWRENCE -- Senior captain Ty Bassett was here, there and everywhere for the Dracut High football team Friday night. Full Story

09/20/2014 06:36 AM EDT - BILLERICA -- Crime is down in "America's Yankee Doodle Town." Billerica police have updated their National Incident Based Reporting Statistics to include preliminary data through August 2014.   Full Story
Lowell moving city money back to local banks
09/20/2014 08:16 AM EDT - LOWELL -- City money is being moved back into local banks, reversing a controversial decision made four years ago under the Lynch administration that was strongly criticized by one local bank that, in turn, reduced its donation to the city's annual Full Story

09/20/2014 06:36 AM EDT - LOWELL -- A federal investigation is looking into allegations that confidential informants used by Lowell police planted evidence on suspects whose charges were later dropped.   Full Story
09/19/2014 10:46 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market is testing out a new location for its Tuesday event, right in the heart of the downtown. This Tuesday, Sept. 23, and through the beginning of October, the market will run Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the park on North Street behind LM Realty, formerly Merchant's Bank.   Full Story
Gun worth $89K reported stolen from Manchester business
09/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - MANCHESTER -- Police are looking for two men, one of them with a Great Dane, in connection with the theft of an $89,000 shotgun. Manchester Police said that on Thursday a white male, 5' 8" tall, mid 30s to early 40s, clean-shaved with dark hair, well dressed in light clothing and a long suit coat entered a business with a 6' tall white male in his 30s. Full Story

09/20/2014 10:37 AM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Since a fateful meeting at deli in 2003, Maplebrook Farms has been in constant need of two things: Space to make more cheese and space to put the awards that the cheese earns. Co-owner Michael Scheps said the business is looking to tear down a vacant house on the lot it occupies to make room for cheese-making equipment it currently does not have enough space to use.   Full Story
Marchione visits HFCS to review College Completion Project
09/19/2014 10:53 AM EDT -

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

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09/19/2014 10:49 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
09/19/2014 10:47 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont State Police Capt. Ray Keefe knows the deal: People love their cell phones, and they've gotten used to making calls on the road.   Full Story
Newfane undertakes emergency bridge repair
09/19/2014 10:48 PM EDT - NEWFANE -- Its name is short -- Bridge 45 -- and so is the structure itself, at just 61 feet. Full Story

09/19/2014 10:49 PM EDT - HINSDALE, N.H. -- The town's school board last week unanimously selected Patricia "Patti" Bassett to be the interim replacement for School Superintendent Dr.   Full Story
Slow Money Vermont seeks to connect investors with local food producers
09/19/2014 10:50 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- A financial counterpart to the "Slow Food" movement, which emphasizes local, sustainable consumption, has begun operating in Vermont. Full Story

09/19/2014 10:52 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- The Police-Fire Facility Building Committee is going to have to give up on its plan to site both the fire and police stations on Elliot Street, but at this point there are not many other good options.   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
Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. Full Story