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US rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Even as railroads are operating longer and longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to warn that moves meant to increase profits could endanger safety and even result in ...

One death, 139 new COVID-19 cases Sunday in NH

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 139 new positive test results for COVID-19 and one death Sunday. Today’s results include 102 people who tested positive by PCR test and 37 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,274 current COVID-19 cases ...

Push on to expand care for vets exposed to toxic substances

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Senators from New England and North Carolina want to expand health care options for veterans who suffered exposure to toxic substances. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire said the ...

UK readies for major reopening but new variant sparks worry

LONDON (AP) — Travelers in England were packing their bags, bartenders were polishing their glasses and performers were warming up as Britain prepared Sunday for a major step out of lockdown — but with clouds of worry on the horizon. Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality ...

Some aren’t ready to give up masks despite new CDC guidance

Like more than 120 million other Americans, Jan Massie is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can pretty much give up wearing a mask under the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But she's still covering her face, even as the temperature rises in her native ...

New Hampshire court reopens

New Hampshire’s courts are continuing to ease restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, the Supreme Court building will be open to the public during normal business hours permitting full access to the clerk’s office and public kiosk. The law library also will be ...

New Hampshire gas prices up

New Hampshire gas prices have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g today, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 875 stations in New Hampshire. Gas prices in New Hampshire are 17.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.01/g higher than a year ...

India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone roaring in the Arabian Sea was moving toward India's western coast on Monday as authorities tried to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. Cyclone Tauktae, which has already killed six people in parts ...

Glimmer of hope seen in India, but virus crisis not over yet

BENGALURU, India (AP) — For the first time in months, Izhaar Hussain Shaikh is feeling somewhat optimistic. The 30-year-old ambulance driver in India's metropolis of Mumbai has been working tirelessly ever since the city became the epicenter of another catastrophic COVID-19 surge slashing ...

Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

ATLANTA (AP) — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that "the undeniable effects of racism" have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. "COVID-19 has ...

Husson University to require COVID vaccines

BANGOR, Maine – Husson University announced Monday that it will be requiring all students returning to campus in the fall to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “Since the pandemic began, Husson University’s first priority has been to protect the health of our campus community. Toward this ...

Nonprofit seeks to build senior community at closed school

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A nonprofit senior housing agency has plans to build a retirement community at a now-closed Catholic school in Worcester. Goddard/Homestead, which operates independent living facilities and a rest home in the area, is seeking a special permit to operate a continuing ...

2 boys who couldn’t swim drown in Massachusetts lake

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Two boys who drowned at a Brockton park were cousins who did not know how to swim, authorities said Sunday. Rafael Andrade, 13, and Tiago Depina, 12, both of Brockton, died Saturday night in Waldo Lake in D.W. Field Park. An 11-year-old boy who was rescued earlier in ...

Bedford Ace Hardware hosts grand opening

BEDFORD – With star athletes, community members and local officials on hand, the new Bedford Ace Hardware hosted its grand opening on Saturday. The store, located at 209 Route 101 in Bedford's 101 Plaza, has a full line of hardware, paint and outdoor items, including grills, smokers and much ...