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Pope Francis back to in-person Sunday blessing

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is happy to be back greeting the faithful in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday noon blessing after weeks of lockdown measures. Italy later this month will start gradually lifting some anti-pandemic restrictions, allowing, for example, ...

Some schools requiring testing after spring vacation week

As the April school break kicks off in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, families are being asked to revisit guidelines for testing and quarantining before students get ready to return to school. In Massachusetts, some schools are following the state's lead and recommending testing or ...

Parent jumps from balcony, handed child in apartment fire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — One parent jumped from a third-floor apartment building balcony to the one below and the other handed off their child before escaping from a fire that had trapped people inside, firefighters in New Hampshire said. The fire was at The Pines Apartments in Concord early ...

Japanese leader asks Pfizer for additional vaccine supply

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up his country's inoculation drive, which lags behind many other nations. Suga, after holding talks with President Joe Biden at the White ...

Ontario retracts new restrictions that drew the ire of many

TORONTO (AP) — Ontario's premier retracted restrictions Saturday that banned playgrounds and allowed police to require anyone not at home to explain why they're out after a backlash from police forces, health officials and the public. The pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada's most ...

As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As states around the country lift COVID-19 restrictions, Oregon is poised to go the opposite direction — and many residents are fuming about it. A top health official is considering indefinitely extending rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses ...

Minnesotan charged with attacks over mask demand

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege that he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store worker told him to wear a mask. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the incident began Wednesday ...

Clammers digging through pandemic, but shellfish are fewer

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Chad Coffin has spent the coronavirus pandemic much as he has the previous several decades: on the mudflats of Maine, digging for the clams that draw tourists to seafood shacks around New England. But he's running into a problem: few clams. "There just isn't the ...

Amherst’s RR Auction deals on global stage

AMHERST – According to RR Auction’s executive vice president Bobby Livingston, the local, internationally renowned RR is much more well-known in London, than in Londonderry. “With our auctions, since 1976, we have been a national and international company,” he said. “We don’t ...

Scouts gather for derby

March 19 was race day for Cub Scouts in Pack 425. Each Scout built a pinewood derby car out of a kit. This involves cutting the car out of a block of wood, sanding it smooth, painting it, installing the axles and fine-tuning it with just the right amount of weight to make it go fast. Every ...

423 new COVID cases Friday in N.H.

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19. On Friday, April 16, 2021, DHHS announced 423 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.8%. Today’s ...