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Railroad company seeks to restore aged, damaged locomotive

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:14:34 -0800

HANCOCK, Maine (AP) — A Maine railroad company is undertaking heavy restoration for an iconic locomotive. Maine Central Locomotive was retired in 1954, and had languished in a Waterville park for more than 60 years before it was purchased by the New England Steam Corporation. WABI-TV reports the locomotive was moved to a park in […]

Officials unveil design for 780-foot, $23 million bridge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:10:01 -0800

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials have unveiled a preliminary design for a 780-foot (238-meter) pedestrian bridge stretching over the Mystic River that would connect Assembly Square in Somerville to the Wynn Casino and Resort in Everett. The bridge, at an estimated cost of $23 million, could be the largest pedestrian walkway in the state. […]

EU advocate says Poland broke law by logging in forest

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:08:50 -0800

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top advocate says Poland has infringed environmental laws with its massive logging of trees in one of Europe’s last pristine forests. The opinion published Tuesday by Advocate General Yves Bot could bring a ruling from the EU’s Court of Justice against Poland’s actions in the Bialowieza Forest a […]

Police: Truck gets stuck under low-clearance train bridge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:08:36 -0800

ROLLINSFORD, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say they had to pull out a truck that got stuck under a low-clearance bridge. Rollinsford Police Chief Robert Ducharme says the driver attempted to pass under the bridge around noon Monday. The Portsmouth Herald reports it took police more than an hour to dislodge the tractor […]

Police charge 14-year-old with Catholic school vandalism

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:08:25 -0800

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a 14-year-old boy for vandalism so extensive in Connecticut that school had to be canceled for a day. Authorities received a complaint about the vandalism at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Shelton Feb. 2. Investigators found lockers, desks and classroom walls spray painted with sexual references […]

Edible Arrangements sues Google over rival ads

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:07:58 -0800

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut-based fruit bouquet company Edible Arrangements has filed a federal lawsuit against Google, claiming its business is being hurt by rival ads that appear when people use the search engine. The Hour reports Edible Arrangements claims in its lawsuit filed in early February that Google’s placement of rival ads can […]

Canadians earn Olympic gold in ice dancing, US hockey wins

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:07:36 -0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were golden in their final Olympic performance. The Canadian couple took the ice one last time and produced a dramatic interpretation of “Moulin Rouge,” flawlessly executing their four-minute program that earned them the gold medal in ice dancing on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the United States […]

Large fire destroys homes, sends 3 to the hospital

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:07:22 -0800

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Fire officials say a large fire has destroyed two homes in Massachusetts, leaving three people hospitalized and 15 others displaced. First responders were called to the scene in New Bedford around 3 p.m. Monday. Fire Chief Scott Kruger says the fire was roaring when he got to the scene, and […]

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:07:02 -0800

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is airing the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people. The footage aired on Tuesday shows the plane crash site against the side of a snow-covered mountain near Yasuj, some 780 kilometers, or 485 miles, south of Tehran, Iran’s […]

Bride gets stuck in elevator, nearly misses reception

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:06:06 -0800

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One bride says she almost missed her wedding reception after getting stuck in an elevator in Rhode Island. Melissa Rodger says she was heading to the 18th floor of the Providence Biltmore hotel Saturday when the elevator stopped within four feet of its destination. She says a bridesmaid alerted her husband […]

Couple loses home in mudslide

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:05:17 -0800

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has lost their home in a mudslide, and they say their insurance company likely won’t cover the damage. Lynn Eash says she was inside her Johnstown home Friday when she heard a loud cracking noise. She ran outside with her three pet dogs as mud pushed her home […]

Incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger announces endorsements

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:04:01 -0800

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The mayor of Burlington is touting his endorsements in his run for re-election to a third term in office. Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger held a press conference Monday to announce his recent endorsements. WCAX-TV reports a number of labor unions, student groups and state and city legislators have given their support […]

Seeking Swiss safety, Catalan activist snubs Spanish probe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:52:25 -0800

MADRID (AP) — A leading Catalan politician is vowing to carry on advocating for Catalan independence from her current base in Switzerland where she is evading a Spanish judicial probe for her role in last year’s illegal secession attempt. Anna Gabriel, the leader of the anti-establishment Catalan CUP party, has told Swiss newspaper Le Temps […]

Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:49:32 -0800

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are set to question officials of two anti-poverty charities Tuesday amid concern sex predators are targeting aid organizations because of the chaotic environments in which they work. Parliament’s International Development Committee called the urgent session amid fury over Oxfam’s handling of allegations that some of its staff in Haiti used […]

Man featured on ‘Trump Dating’ site has child sex conviction

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:45:52 -0800

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man with a felony conviction for indecent liberties with a child was one-half of the poster couple for a new “Trump Dating” website. News outlets reported Monday that visitors to the dating site geared toward supporters of the president were greeted with the faces of Jodi and William […]

14-year-old charged with threatening to shoot middle school

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:43:12 -0800

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A seventh-grader has been charged with threatening to shoot students at a Virginia middle school. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk police arrested the Lake Taylor Middle School student Monday and charged him with threatening classmates with death or bodily injury while they were at school. That same day, Nansemond River High School […]

Delaware juvenile charged in shooting death of 18-year-old

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:41:09 -0800

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — A juvenile has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Delaware. News outlets report the unidentified minor fatally shot the man in the upper chest around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after an altercation on a street. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the minor is […]

Man convicted of murder as teen appeals life sentence

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:39:25 -0800

ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who was convicted of murder when he was 16 is appealing his life sentence. The Star Democrat reports Seth Dallas Jedlicka was convicted in 2011 for a 2009 crime in Chesapeake City. Jedlicka and three others broke into an area home on Nov. 4, 2009, fatally shot a […]

Report: MTA knew Baltimore Metro violated standards in 2016

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:38:46 -0800

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland Transit Administration report says the agency knew Baltimore Metro’s subway rails didn’t meet safety standards in 2016, more than a year before it declared an emergency shutdown. The Baltimore Sun cites a 2018 MTA report that says 17 of the Metro’s turns were found in a November 2016 geometric evaluation […]

Police: Barbershop shooting may be linked to other shootings

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:38:16 -0800

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say a shooting at a Baltimore barbershop that left one dead and one injured may be linked to separate area shootings. Baltimore police spokesman TJ Smith tells the Baltimore Sun that police “have reason to believe” the Monday night shooting at the His & Her Barbershop in Highlandtown is connected to […]