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On Nov. 2, All Souls Day, I came very close to dying. My brush with death occurred while bagging leaves beneath our massive, 200-year-old sugar maple. Taking a short break, I went indoors and grabbed a fistful of peanuts. When I returned to my task, I found a dead limb — five feet long and weighing more than 40 pounds — lying directly across the pile of leaves where I’d been working.

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A 27-year-old man who authorities suspect was involved in the killings of a Massachusetts couple has been arrested in Florida. Authorities say Christopher Keeley of Weymouth, Mass. was arrested Friday night in Miami Beach. Prosecutors say Carl Mattson and Vicki Mattson, both 70, were found dead in their Marshfield home on Nov. 29 by police responding to a request for a well-being check. They appeared to have been stabbed and beaten. Autopsy results are pending. Authorities say the suspect and the couple knew each other but have not disclosed a motive in the killings.

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An American service member who survived the notorious Bataan Death March during World War II but later died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp has finally been accounted for. Military officials announced Friday that the remains of Army Air Forces Pvt. Joseph E. Lescaut, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, were identified in August using mitochondrial DNA analysis as well as dental and anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Lescaut was reported captured in the Philippines in 1942. After the 65-mile forced march, he died in July 1942. Lescaut will now be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

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Rhode Island has become the latest state to allow recreational marijuana sales. Customers started lining up to buy recreational marijuana in the state early Thursday morning, a little more than six months after Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation permitting such sales to people 21 and older. Five stores are currently allowed to sell recreational cannabis products, but the state could eventually have dozens more. They are in Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth and Warwick. All five stores had already been selling medical marijuana. The co-owner of Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket said the store opened earlier than normal on Thursday and business has been brisk.

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A 21-year-old Vermont man is facing federal charges that he purchased a handgun that was found less than 24-hours later at the scene of a shootout in Springfield, Massachusetts, that resulted in the deaths of two men. Prosecutors say that Cameron Yee, of South Burlington, was arrested Tuesday. He appeared in court Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty. Court documents say Yee was paid $2,000 by a man he knew as “Jay" to buy a .40 caliber handgun and that Yee knew Jay was involved in a dispute with another man. Prosecutors did not specifically say if the man who was killed was Jay. Yee's attorney declined comment.


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