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Christopher Columbus statue near Connecticut Capitol removed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Crews removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from its pedestal about a block from the state Capitol in Connecticut early Monday morning amid national conversations about the explorer's legacy. Photos and videos showed the statue being taken down as the sun rose over ...

Long Creek youth center testing staff, detainees for virus

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Long Creek Youth Development Center is testing all staff and residents for the new coronavirus after a youth detainee tested positive for the virus. The Maine Department of Corrections announced the decision to adopt universal testing on Sunday after learning of ...

Maine bank giving grants to Portland library, nonprofits

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A Maine bank is giving out $100,000 in grants to community groups, including the Portland Public Library. Machias Savings Bank said the grants are designed to "build resilience for Maine's businesses." The grants are going to nonprofit organizations that serve ...

Arrest made in connection with 1998 killing at reservoir

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police have made an arrest in connection with the 1998 killing of a 26-year-old woman who was shot to death while walking on a trail near a Farmington reservoir. Katherine Pires, 50, of East Hartford, was charged with hindering prosecution and ...

White man called police on Black and Hispanic men at marina

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A video showing a white man calling the police on a group of Black and Hispanic men in Connecticut has prompted a police investigation and is drawing comparisons to a similar incident in New York's Central Park last month. Stamford police identified the white man as ...

Symphony picks opera director as new executive director

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has named the managing director of an opera company in South Africa as its new executive director. Elise Brunelle takes over for Ben Cadwallader, who stepped down in February to take a similar post with the Los Angeles Chamber ...

Vermont town of Fairfax approves new cell tower

FAIRFAX, Vt. (AP) — The select board in the Vermont town of Fairfax has approved a new cell tower near the village center, but not everyone is happy about it. The board recently agreed to lease land to Verizon, allowing the company to build a new cell tower. "One concern in Fairfax and ...

Main Street in Vermont town to be closed for construction

PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — Main Street in a Vermont town is going to be closed for construction during two weeks in July. The Brattleboro Reformer reports work has already begun on the Route 5 bridge over Sacketts Brook in Putney, but starting July 6, the road will be closed to remove the ...

Man pulled from pool at Warwick home dies

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 74-year-old man pulled from a pool over the weekend has died, authorities in Rhode Island say. Emergency personnel responded to a home in Warwick at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a family member found the victim at the bottom of the pool, Warwick police ...

Additional soldiers home review requested; Museums reopen

BOSTON (AP) — A look at some of the coronavirus developments in New England: ––– MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into another state-run soldiers' home that had a deadly outbreak of the virus. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed ...

‘Pro-police’ rally in Boston; police bill passes in Vermont

BOSTON (AP) — A small group holding what it called a pro-police rally near the Massachusetts Statehouse on Saturday was met by several hundred counterprotesters holding signs with messages such as "Black Lives Matter" and "I can't breathe." The "Restore Sanity" rally was billed as an ...

Proposal would make parks free for more disabled veterans

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a bill introduced by a pair of New England senators that would make disabled veterans able to attend national parks for free. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen proposed the bill. It's ...

Landowners group wants to use herbicide on lake millfoil

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A landowners' association in Vermont wants to use a new herbicide to help control an invasive aquatic plant in a man-made lake but town officials have concerns about the proposed chemical treatment. The Quechee Lakes Landowners Association in Hartford filed an ...

Vermont urges people to protect nesting loons and chicks

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging the public to enjoy loons from a distance. Loons were removed from Vermont's endangered species list in 2005 and the population is increasing, but that means there is greater potential for people to come into ...

Police arrest 14 in illegal fireworks crackdown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Providence have so far arrested 14 people since the city formed a task force to crack down on illegal fireworks that have bedeviled cities across the country this summer. The department tweeted Saturday that six people were arrested Thursday and eight more ...

Police remind public of $50,000 reward in 2006 killing

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Norwalk police on Saturday reminded the public of a $50,000 reward as they continue efforts to solve the 2006 killing of Laray "Mookie" Moore. Moore, 31, was shot to death in front of an estimated 100 witnesses at the Roodner Court Public Housing Complex on June 29, ...

Deaths surpass 8,000; Baker proposes $275M recovery package

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts hit another somber coronavirus milestone Friday as the number of confirmed and probable pandemic-related deaths climbed past 8,000. The state Department of Public Health reported 50 new deaths and 233 new confirmed or probable cases, a slight uptick from the 226 ...

Shipyard union: ‘No realistic offer’ to return to the table

BATH, Maine (AP) — The union striking against Bath Iron Works said Friday there has been "no realistic offer" to return to negotiations but that it's willing to take a seat at the bargaining table if the shipbuilder is willing to talk about issues that are important to the union. "If BIW ...

Boston task force aims to crack down on illegal fireworks

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has created a new task force aimed at cracking down on illegal fireworks amid an explosion of complaints. Walsh said the task force will include the mayor's chief of civic engagement, the four at-large city councilors, the Boston Arson Squad, the ...

Charles Webb, author of ‘The Graduate,’ dies in England

Charles Webb, a lifelong non-conformist whose debut novel "The Graduate" was a deadpan satire of his college education and wealthy background adapted into the classic film of the same name, has died. He was 81. Webb died June 16 in Eastbourne, England, of a blood condition, said his friend ...