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Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's daily coronavirus death toll climbed over 400 for the first time in months on Sunday, as the country, which has long had the region's largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge. Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus, ...

Pandemic inspires law firm to reissue cookbook

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In online reviews, clients praise personal injury attorney Davis Rice for being "a pit bull" who refuses to settle for less than he thinks workers deserve for falling off a ladder or otherwise getting hurt at work. None of them, though, mention the quality of his ...

Auction brings Hall of Famer Ted Williams to NFT market

BOSTON (AP) — Teddy Ballgame is about to become Teddy Blockchain. Hall of Famer Ted Williams is coming to the digital memorabilia market with a release of nine different cards that follow the No. 9's career from skinny rookie to Cooperstown inductee. The collectors' items offered by ...

Volunteers needed for Shawsheen River herring count

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — The Merrimack River Watershed Council and Shawsheen River Watershed Association are looking for volunteers to participate in this year's Shawsheen River herring count. Volunteers are needed to take 10-minute shifts for the community science program on a pedestrian ...

RIEMA, Red Cross team up to prevent home fires

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the state chapter of the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent home fires, which they say have increased 40% compared to this time last year. The Sound the Alarm Prepare-a-thon is a volunteer effort to educate ...

3 die in wrong-way crash on Interstate 84 in Massachusetts

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Three people were killed in a wrong-way crash involving two vehicles on eastbound Interstate 84, Massachusetts State Police said. Police said the crash involved a 2009 Nissan Murano traveling west in the eastbound lanes in Sturbridge about 6 p.m. Saturday. They ...

Alma Wahlberg, mother of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, dies at 78

Alma Wahlberg, the mother of entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and a regular on their reality series "Wahlburgers," has died, her sons said on social media Sunday. She was 78. "My angel. Rest in peace," Mark Wahlberg tweeted. Donnie Wahlberg posted a longer tribute to his mother on ...

Vaccine milestones reached in Maine and Massachusetts

Half of Maine's population of age 16 and up has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Janet Mills said Sunday. That amount includes 38% of eligible residents who received their final dose, Mills said in a news release. "We're now approaching 1 million doses of COVID-19 ...

State grants support small agriculture, aquaculture projects

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Farming and seafood businesses in Rhode Island are now eligible for a portion of $160,000 in state grants to help grow their business and market their products, state environmental officials said. The Local Agriculture & Seafood Act grants directly benefit and ...

Woodstock considers whether to allow retail marijuana sales

WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Woodstock are considering whether to allow retail marijuana operations when such sales become legal in Vermont next year. The Woodstock Cannabis Review Committee is wrapping up an online survey of residents and business owners, asking if the town or ...

Bottle chandelier, plastic bag suit: Maine students upcycle

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The finalists in a Maine environmental group's recycling challenge include a chandelier made of plastic bottles and a two-piece outfit made with plastic bags and a pillowcase. The entrants are finalists in ecomaine's Upcycle Challenge, which called on students ...

New ferry to Maine’s islands is undergoing sea trials

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Ferry Service's newest vessel is going to be undergoing sea trials this spring before beginning regular service this summer, the Maine Department of Transportation said. The Spear, named for Richard G. Spear, the first employee of the Maine State ...

Food boxes with fresh produce to be given away in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of food boxes of fresh produce will be available for pick-up at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson on Wednesday. The food is being provided as part of a federal program to support families who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. "A ...

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 ...