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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
14 hours 23 min 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
14 hours 3 min 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 1, 2015 - 2:08am
13 min 15 sec ago

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A group of volunteers in Wisconsin is part of a national effort to recognize the tens of thousands of people who were buried in unmarked graves during the 20th century after dying at state- or county-run psychiatric hospitals.

Families then were often too poor for a headstone, couldn't be reached or had forgotten about their relatives at the institutions, called insane asylums or sanitariums.

The work being done in Wisconsin's...

September 1, 2015 - 2:00am
13 min 15 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Boston out, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the U.S. candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid.

If approved, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to announce LA is the candidate.

Rome, Paris, Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary are already in the...

September 1, 2015 - 1:56am
13 min 15 sec ago

University of Michigan researchers say more U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana.

A study released Tuesday found that pot supplanted cigarettes last year as the smoke-able substance of choice among full-time undergraduates who light up regularly.

Just under 6 percent of full-time students surveyed for the annual "Monitoring the Future" study reported using marijuana at least 20 times in the previous 30 days, a frequency the...

September 1, 2015 - 1:39am
13 min 15 sec ago

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is set to be released from prison.

Jeff Mizanskey's attorney says he will be released Tuesday from the Jefferson City Correctional Center after spending more than two decades behind bars.

Police say Mizanskey conspired to sell 6 pounds of pot to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.

He was sentenced and convicted as a...

September 1, 2015 - 1:31am
13 min 15 sec ago

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Jurors who convicted a white supremacist of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City will now hear more evidence before deciding whether to recommend a death sentence.

The penalty phase of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr.'s trial gets started Tuesday after jurors convicted him Monday of capital murder and five other charges in the August 2014 shooting rampage.

The 74-year-old man from Aurora, Missouri, may be permitted...

September 1, 2015 - 1:19am
13 min 15 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Missouri inmate Roderick Nunley, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City in 1989 (all times local):

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Missouri prison officials are preparing to execute a man convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl more than two decades ago in Kansas City.

Fifty-year-old Roderick Nunley is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Tuesday for...

September 1, 2015 - 1:15am
13 min 15 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University's business school is unrolling a high-tech classroom that lets professors teach live lectures to students around the world.

Housed in a TV studio, the classroom puts professors in front of a towering, wall-to-wall video screen that fills up with live feeds of up to 60 students.

From their computers, students can see the classroom and interact with the professor and other classmates, like a larger-than-life video...

September 1, 2015 - 1:07am
13 min 14 sec ago

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Newly released documents say weapons and protective gear were recovered from the home where an Oklahoma couple and their three children were killed last month.

In a search warrant filed Monday in Tulsa County District Court, authorities indicated a hatchet, knife, darts and a surgical knife blade were found inside the house where 18-year-old Robert Bever and his 16-year-old brother, Michael Bever, are accused of killing their parents and three...

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