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Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch, avoid going dark

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 12:04 am

Saco, Maine - Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch.

Drive-in movie theater operators say more...

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iPad, other devices may give users rash because of nickel

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Chicago - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of...

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Slain rookie police officer was victim of an ambush

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Jersey City, N.J. - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he...

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Five Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates outline education plans

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 12:29 am

Providence - The five major gubernatorial candidates agree Rhode Island needs a strong school system for its economy to thrive, but their plans to transform it differ.

It's an issue many voters care deeply about, too.

Parents...

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Premium Content 'Stay strong,' says 15-year-old survivor of Texas shooting

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

The 15-year-old lone survivor of a shooting at a suburban Houston home that left her parents and four siblings dead spoke tearfully at a memorial service for her family Saturday, saying they were "in a much better place."

Cassidy Stay...

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Workers struggle in the Hamptons, playground for the rich

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 5:21 pm

Southampton, N.Y. - This is a town where people are so rich that a $2 million home can be a handyman's special. A town where the thrift shop is stocked with donations of designer dresses and handbags.

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Premium Content With presidency going nowhere, Obama travels everywhere

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington - Welcome to Barack Obama's split-screen presidency.

On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other...

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Premium Content Former 'SNL,' '30 Rock' star released from rehab a month after crash

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Trenton, N.J. - Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said...

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Premium Content Mass. Hobby Lobby boycott rally held

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Seekonk, Mass. (AP) - Protesters from southern New England have rallied outside a Hobby Lobby Inc. store in Seekonk to protest a U.S. Supreme Court decision that organizers say reduces access to reproductive health services and birth...

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Premium Content RHODE ISLAND GETS NEW ROUND OF RECOVERY AID AFTER SANDY

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Providence - Rhode Island has been approved for another round of federal disaster recovery funding to improve public services, housing and flood prevention after Superstorm Sandy.

The state's congressional delegation announced...

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Premium Content PUNK ROCKER TOMMY RAMONE DEAD AT 65

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

New York - The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their sales. And now, with the death of drummer Tommy, all four original members of the seminal...

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Premium Content OFFICIALS TAGGING RHODE ISLAND TREES AT RISK OF INFESTATION

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Providence - Environmental officials are tagging trees across Rhode Island to raise awareness of the risk of invasive forest insects.

The state Department of Environmental Management says staff members will tag maple and ash trees at...

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Premium Content Districts debate the merits of master's degrees for teachers

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Dallas - Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering...

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Premium Content LEDYARD TEACHER DUE IN COURT FOR STUDENT SEX CASE

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Ledyard - A 36-year-old English teacher at Ledyard High School is facing his first court appearance after being accused of having sex with a student.

William Friskey of East Lyme is scheduled to be arraigned on two counts of...

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Premium Content Wine lovers raise a glass to direct shipping law

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Boston - Whether it's pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes.

A provision in the...

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Premium Content Happy ending, new beginning for injured red-shouldered hawk

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - Mark Stein was walking his dog Mocha along a path close to the Potomac River the evening of April 3 when he came across a bird with dark brown and red feathers and a long black and white banded tail.

It was an adult...

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Premium Content Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it will close

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Atlantic City, N.J. - Atlantic City's crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.

Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated...

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Premium Content Scooters help commuters avoid train station hassles

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Fairfield (AP) - There's more than one way to get to the train station. You can walk, you can drive a car or, as more and more people seem to be doing these days, you can ride a motor scooter.

"I park it for free," said Fairfielder...

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Premium Content Tommy Ramone, who gave punk rock its pulse, dies

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones - the New York band whose dizzyingly short blasts of melody codified the sound of punk rock - died Friday at his home in New York.

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Premium Content Massachusetts group works to keep Connecticut River clean

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Northampton, Mass. (AP) - Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River, has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish.

"Just 40 or 50 years ago,...

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Premium Content Immigrant community rallies after fire kills seven

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Lowell, Mass. - Soben Pin wept as she tried to express her sorrow Friday over a fire that claimed the lives of five members of a Cambodian family and displaced dozens more in Massachusetts.

"They escaped from Cambodia, they came here...

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Billboard artistry

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 12:48 am

Jessie Pierpoint adds finishing touches to his painting of Nelson Mandela on a billboard near the corner of Main and Bernard in Spokane, Wash., on Friday. Pierpoint conducted a live billboard painting for Global Credit Union’s Global Citizen...

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Premium Content Better info might have saved two Americans in Benghazi

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 1:46 am

Washington - Two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented, military leaders say, if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans...

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Premium Content Obama's $3.7 billion for border crisis called 'too much'

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 12:39 am

Washington - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes...

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Premium Content DCF ORDERED BY ARBITRATOR TO REHIRE AGENCY CRITIC

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Hartford - Connecticut's Department of Children and Families was ordered Friday to rehire an employee who'd been an outspoken critic of what he sees as the agency's racist attitude and was fired over allegations about his...

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