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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 5 hours ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — New England's ports are reinventing themselves to compete with one another and from larger ones, but they were once legendary. From one of the world's great whaling ports to the Navy's first submarine base and the city featured in "The Perfect Storm," here is a look at their lore:

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WHALING IN NEW BEDFORD

One of the world's great whaling ports of the 19th century, New Bedford, Massachusetts, became...

September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 5 hours ago

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — For three centuries, fishing has been a way of life in New Bedford — and it's still going strong.

In its heyday in the mid-1800s, the city was the undisputed hub of the global whaling industry. Scholars say more ships sailed out of New Bedford alone than every other American port combined.

Grand homes overlooking the harbor still stand as testimony to the fortunes amassed by the sea captains of yesteryear. Their rooftop...

September 4, 2015 - 4:59pm
22 min 34 sec ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — About 50 people marched Friday in protest at Santa Clara County Main Jail to demand inmates be protected from abuse at the hands of the guards.

On Thursday, three jail guards were arrested a week after an inmate, later identified as 31-year-old Michael James Pipkin Tyree, was found dead in his cell of multiple blunt trauma, authorities said.

Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James Jensen has identified the deputies...

September 4, 2015 - 4:48pm
22 min 34 sec ago

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in the college town of Pullman, Washington and a regional terrorism task force is working to determine whether it was arson.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but FBI Special Agent Frank Harrill said federal agencies are involved because of the history of anti-abortion activists targeting health care providers offering abortion services.

Planned Parenthood...

September 4, 2015 - 4:45pm
22 min 34 sec ago

Wrenching images of a drowned Syrian boy focused the world's attention this week on the plight of people fleeing their homelands. But the crisis has been developing for years. Here are other indelible images taken by Associated Press photographers that you may have missed.

September 4, 2015 - 4:40pm
22 min 34 sec ago

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman are being accused of leaving their 9-month-old baby on the side of the road during an argument.

Local media reports that 33-year-old Heather Demonia and 30-year-old Thomas Broome were arrested and charged with reckless conduct after the incident Thursday afternoon. The child was not injured and is in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy...

September 4, 2015 - 4:33pm
22 min 34 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carter Lay, a philanthropist who supported music education and was a grandson of the famed potato chip maker, has died.

Lt. David Smith, a supervising coroner investigator at the Los Angeles County coroner's office, says the 44-year-old, whose full name was Jesse Chapman Carter Lay, died a natural death and was found at his house in Venice on Thursday afternoon.

Aunt Susan Lay Atwell says Lay's grandfather started Lay's potato...

September 4, 2015 - 4:32pm
22 min 34 sec ago

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy in Delaware won't face similar charges in Maryland.

Baltimore County prosecutors announced Friday that they won't pursue charges against Molly Shattuck.

The 48-year-old Shattuck pleaded guilty in June to one count of fourth-degree rape. She was sentenced last month to two years of probation and ordered to spend every other weekend in custody for two...

September 4, 2015 - 4:07pm
22 min 34 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M University band member who has been awaiting punishment for more than two years for his role in a drum major's hazing death has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Judge Marc Lubet announced the sentence Friday for 26-year-old Caleb Jackson. He'll get credit for more than two years he's already served.

Jackson pleaded no contest to manslaughter and hazing in April 2013 for his part in the 2011 death...

September 4, 2015 - 4:00pm
22 min 34 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another former top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton has been testifying today to the House panel investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. And the senior Democrat on the panel says Jake Sullivan has answered every question that was put to him.

Sullivan is a former policy director and deputy chief of staff under Clinton at the State Department. He's now a top policy aide on Clinton's presidential campaign.

The panel is...

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