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Demonstrators in Connecticut protest George Floyd death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Demonstrators rallied in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and other Connecticut cities for a second day Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several ...

Boston mayor holds prayer vigil over George Floyd’s death

BOSTON (AP) — The mayor of Boston hosted a prayer vigil with clergy and the city's police commissioner Saturday to honor the memory of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving ...

Maine Democrats’ virtual voting continues this weekend

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Democratic Party is continuing this weekend remote elections for delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The Democratic National Committee approved the plan for remote elections of delegates to the national convention in August in Milwaukee, along ...

Health care workers protest lack of protective gear

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Health care workers rallied Saturday in New London to protest what they called a shortage of personal protective equipment and pay tribute to a nurse's aide who died earlier this month after contracting the coronavirus. Gov. Ned Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and ...

State seeks public’s help to protect plovers, all shorebirds

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A piping plover nest has been discovered at Rhode Island's busiest beach for the first time since monitoring of the threatened birds began in the 1980s, prompting state and federal wildlife agencies to ask the public to help protect all shorebirds at beaches across ...

PawSox offer taste of baseball with ‘Dining on the Diamond’

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Pawtucket Red Sox are going from "Play Ball" to "Bon Appetit." With the minor league baseball season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has found another use for its home field. Starting next weekend, "Dining on ...

After symptoms close state facility, workers test negative

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seven state employees who showed symptoms of COVID-19, leading to a two-day closure of the emergency operations center where they work, tested negative, officials said Friday. The employees worked out of the Maine Emergency Management Agency's operations center in ...

Strip club sued by Electra, others, prepared to go to trial

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts strip club that's been sued by Carmen Electra and several other models and actresses for allegedly using their images in advertising and other promotional materials without permission says he's prepared to go to trial. "I do think this plaintiff is ...

Sale of Vermont ski resort in fraud case delayed by virus

JAY, Vt. (AP) — The sale of the northern Vermont ski resort that was involved in the largest fraud cases in the state's history has "ground to a halt" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to court documents. Vermont Public Radio reports that Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed ...

Vermont barbers, stylists reopening as restrictions ease

The latest developments in Vermont related to the coronavirus pandemic: Hair stylists and barbers are back in business Friday as part of the latest round of business reopenings in Vermont from COVID-19 shutdowns. The hair professionals must follow a number of restrictions. Customers also ...

Deal reached to sell Vermont’s Marlboro College campus

MARLBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Marlboro College campus is being sold to an organization that is seeking to reduce costs and improve outcomes for low-income and first-generation college students, the two organizations announced Thursday. The college and the organization Democracy Builders ...

King, senators call for improved broadband in tribal areas

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined a group of colleagues in calling for the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for tribal communities to get access to broadband internet. Sen. Angus King and others said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai should extend the ...

Biden to help Maine Democrats rally at online event

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden will rally Maine Democrats at an online event this weekend. The Maine Democratic Party is kicking off remote elections for delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Friday. The 2020 state ...

Remote Maine town decides to remove its only public payphone

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A remote Maine town is hanging up its public payphone after residents and officials noted its lack of use. Wytopitlock, a small village in northeastern Maine, made the call Wednesday to remove its public interest payphone that state bureaucrats saw as a connection to ...

Police: Driver fatigue played role in fatal Maine crash

LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say driver fatigue appeared to have played a role in a crash that killed a 40-year-old resident of Limerick. The crash took place in Limington on Wednesday night and killed Christine LePage, who was the only person in the vehicle, police ...

Restrictions eased on worship services; casinos reopening

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday he is easing pandemic restrictions on religious services, allowing houses of worship to now have up to 100 people inside, or 25% capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor worship services will now be limited to up to 150 people, so long as ...

Manchester firefighter charged in cold-case sexual assaults

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut firefighter was arraigned Friday in Hartford Superior Court for alleged sexual assaults spanning from 2001-08. Manchester firefighter Angelo Alleano is accused of raping three victims in Manchester and another in Vernon, the Hartford Courant ...

At least 4 injured in fire; possible explosion reported

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A fire tore through a central Connecticut home Friday morning, sending at least four people to the hospital while investigators tried to determine whether there was an explosion. Fire officials in Middletown said the blaze was reported shortly before 6:30 a.m. in a ...

New drugs make headway against lung, prostate, colon cancers

Doctors are reporting success with newer drugs that control certain types of cancer better, reduce the risk it will come back and make treatment simpler and easier to bear. Gentler drugs would be a relief to patients like Jenn Carroll, a 57-year-old human resources director from New ...

WaPo editor to Harvard grads: Truth matter of ‘life & death’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post’s top editor told Harvard University graduates Thursday that facts and truth have become “matters of life and death,” yet he warned that some leaders continue to “undermine the very idea of objective fact, all in pursuit of political ...