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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 18 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:



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

September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 18 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 5, 2015 - 5:30am
1 hour 23 min ago

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A black couple is suing their former neighbor citing a civil rights-era law more commonly used against discriminatory landlords.

Gregory and Sophia Bonds say the white neighbor, Roy Turner Jr., began yelling threats and racial slurs the day they moved in next door in the north Georgia city of Gainesville.

They say Turner often hurled insults while on the job with the city's solid waste department. The lawsuit against Turner...

September 5, 2015 - 4:47am
1 hour 23 min ago

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge in Marion County, Oregon, is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds.

A spokesman for Judge Vance Day says when a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, Day instructed his staff to refer same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges.

Last fall, he decided to stop performing weddings altogether....

September 5, 2015 - 3:44am
1 hour 23 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown a "Yes means Yes" bill that would bring sexual assault training to California high schools.

Backers say SB695 would make California the first state to require school districts to teach sexual violence prevention in their health curriculum if health education is required to graduate.

Senators unanimously approved the legislation Friday, sending it to the governor....

September 5, 2015 - 2:45am
1 hour 23 min ago

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will spend Labor Day weekend in isolation at the Carter County Detention Center with her Bible and her clear conscience.

At least three same-sex couples will spend the long weekend planning weddings after finally receiving the marriage licenses they asked for months ago but were denied because Davis believes gay marriage is a sin.

The Rowan County Clerk's office issued at least three marriage licenses...

September 5, 2015 - 1:36am
1 hour 23 min ago

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets.

Photos and video have circulated on social media showing the Aug. 20 brawl, which The New York Times ( ) reports West Point did not confirm until Thursday.

Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker tells the newspaper the annual fight is organized by...

September 4, 2015 - 10:58pm
1 hour 23 min ago

Tom Brady posted a statement on Facebook on Friday night, a day after U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman vacated the New England quarterback's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots will open the season at home Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can't wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges...

September 4, 2015 - 10:29pm
1 hour 23 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A North Hollywood man who ate his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit has been sentenced to community service and counseling.

Prosecutors say Dimitri Diatchenko pleaded guilty Friday to animal cruelty. He was ordered to perform 60 days of community labor and undergo 48 hours of animal cruelty counseling.

Authorities say Diatchenko had been living with his ex-girlfriend after their romance ended when she told him in December they should stop...

September 4, 2015 - 9:50pm
1 hour 23 min ago

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers say they'll hold off until Saturday on efforts to free a blue whale tangled in a fishing line off the Southern California coast.

The whale, believed to be about 75 feet long was spotted spouting and diving Friday afternoon in a channel between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island. It was dragging a long trailing line with an attached buoy, possibly from a lobster or crab trap.

A disentanglement team from...

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