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Massachusetts

COVID Surge, Delayed Medical Visits, Nurse Fatigue Contribute to Stress at Clinics

NECN
As some Massachusetts hospitals report being overwhelmed, urgent care clinics in the state are also feeling the pinch.

Gov: MA could receive up to 900 Afghan evacuees

Fox 25 Boston
The Biden administration has begun notifying governors and state refugee coordinators about how many Afghan evacuees from the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states.

Two Police Cruisers Set on Fire in Dracut

NBC News Boston
A person of interest has already been identified

UMass Amherst’s Nursing College Gets $21 Million Gift From Foundation Of Bestselling Textbook Author

CBS Boston
UMass Amherst announced Thursday that the foundation of a late bestselling textbook author from Northampton has given the school’s College of Nursing a record-setting donation.

Questions Surround BU Professor's Death: Here's What We Know

NBC Boston
"We continue to look at how Dr. Jones accessed a stairway that had been closed for some 20 months," Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Monday.

Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation

Axios
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Monday activated the state's National Guard to assist with school transportation.

Man Charged With Manslaughter in Teen's Shooting Death at Boston Hotel

NECN
A man who had previously been arrested on gun charges in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in a Boston hotel has now been charged with manslaughter.

Rockland Grandmother Uses Quarantine Karaoke To Launch A Singing Career

CBS Boston
Terri Hafner Riley, a 53-year-old grandmother, has become a local internet sensation from her living room.

How Security Has Changed at Boston Logan Airport Since 9/11

NBC Boston
"A significant change since 9/11 is our reliance on teamwork, collaboration in terms of security," said Hank Shaw, the chief security officer for Massport

New England

At 101, Maine woman is the oldest lobster fisher in the state — and she doesn't plan on stopping

NBC News
“I’ve done it all my life, so I might as well keep doing it,” Virginia Oliver said.

RI schools have had nearly 600 COVID-19 cases since start of year, data shows

WPRI
At least 515 students and 75 educators in Rhode Island have tested positive for the coronavirus since the 2021-22 school year started, according to the R.I. Department of Health.

Sununu Expecting 100-200 Afghan Refugees To Arrive In New Hampshire After ‘Diligent’ Screening Process

CBS Boston
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday that he’s expecting 100 to 200 Afghan refugees to arrive in the state soon.

GOP lawmaker in New Hampshire becomes a Democrat, saying anti-mask 'extremists' pushed him out

The Week
New Hampshire state Rep. William Marsh, once a Republican, is now a Democrat, saying he switched parties because so many GOP lawmakers are anti-mask and against the coronavirus vaccine.

There’s A Bigfoot Museum In Maine And It’s Full Of Fascinating Oddities, Artifacts, And More

Only in Your State
If you're anything like us, you grew up hearing stories about Bigfoot roaming the nearby woods. It didn't matter where you lived or whether there were even nearby woods, but the idea that a giant furry creature could come out and greet you was terrifying!

Rhode Island Has Yet Another Movie Filming With Big Name Stars

Fun 107
It seems Hocus Pocus 2 isn't the only movie filming in Rhode Island these days. Although everyone is talking about the highly anticipated Disney sequel, a bunch of other Hollywood names have snuck into East Greenwich for some scene shooting this week.

Lawmaker wants New Hampshire to declare independence

The Center Square
A New Hampshire lawmaker is pushing for a referendum asking the state's voters if they want to secede from the United States.

Family Of Woman Missing 17 Years Waits For Tests On Bone Fragments Found In New Hampshire

CBS Boston
Maura Murray’s family is waiting to hear back from New Hampshire State Police about human bone fragments found recently near Loon Mountain.

Maine's plan for spending new child abuse prevention money approved by feds

Fox 23 Maine
The federal government has approved a plan to give Maine nearly $2.5 million a year for child abuse prevention programs.

Nationwide

Minnesota high court tosses murder conviction against Mohamed Noor, former Minneapolis police officer

NBC News
Noor's second-degree manslaughter conviction still stands in the July 15, 2017, slaying of of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Idaho rations health care statewide as COVID surge drags on

AP News
Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization.

'We have been failed': Simone Biles breaks down in tears recounting Nassar's sexual abuse

NBC News
Biles and three other U.S. gymnasts are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing about how the FBI mishandled the Nassar case.

Biden to meet with Sinema, Manchin on Wednesday on $3.5T spending plan

The Hill
President Biden will meet separately Wednesday with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to hear their concerns about Democrats’ plans to pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom beats back GOP-led recall

AP News
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday emphatically defeated a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early.

Leaked documents reveal the special rules Facebook uses for 5.8M VIPs

Ars Technica
"These people can violate our standards without any consequences."

Californians to decide governor's fate in Republican-backed recall

Reuters
California voters will decide on Tuesday whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom in a special election that will test the power of a Republican Party still dominated by former President Donald Trump in a deeply Democratic state.

Man with bayonet and machete arrested near DNC headquarters: police

The Hill
A California man was arrested near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters early Monday morning after Capitol Police found a bayonet and machete in his car.

International

Norway's centre-left defeats Solberg's conservative rule

BBC
The opposition Labour party has won Norway's general election, bringing an end to eight years of conservative government under Erna Solberg.

Alexandre Benalla: Macron's former bodyguard goes on trial for violence against protester

Euronews
A former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has gone on trial in Paris on multiple charges.

Afghans sell possessions amid cash crunch, looming crisis

Al Jazeera
The Taliban takeover, and the resulting cut in international funds, has exacerbated an already dire economic situation.
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