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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
2 days 14 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
2 days 14 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 3, 2015 - 2:25am
14 min 25 sec ago

MAYSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Farmers with disabilities often fear they'll be unable to continue their way of life.

But a small group of dedicated volunteers is helping some disabled farmers with specially trained dogs.

PHARM Dog USA — or Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri —trains border collies and other dogs to help with chores specifically tailored to a farmer's needs. The dogs also provide emotional support and companionship.

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September 3, 2015 - 1:58am
14 min 25 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — New billboards in Boston, New York, San Diego and other cities proclaim what their Muslim backers say is the true message of Islam: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.

The New York-based Islamic Circle of North America has erected 100 new billboards over the summer in those cities as well as in Phoenix, El Paso, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Cleveland and elsewhere.

They feature statements such as: "Muhammad believed in...

September 3, 2015 - 1:57am
14 min 25 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge is deciding whether to schedule a murder trial for a Mexican national deported from the United States five times before shooting a young woman walking with her father.

A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled to resume Thursday in San Francisco. A judge could decide to schedule a murder trial as well.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, though he admits to firing...

September 3, 2015 - 1:39am
14 min 25 sec ago

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three young men will soon learn their sentences for a rock-throwing incident last year that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio schoolteacher as she passed through Pennsylvania in the dead of night.

A judge will decide Thursday what punishment is appropriate for Tyler Porter, Dylan Lahr and Keefer McGee for the July 2014 attack along Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania.

The victim, middle school language arts teacher Sharon...

September 3, 2015 - 1:23am
14 min 25 sec ago

AT THE BOTTOM OF FRIJOLES CANYON, N.M. (AP) — A crew of Native American youth has spent the summer helping on a preservation project at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.

The project is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE initiative, or Hands-On Preservation Experience.

The trust teamed up with the National Park Service and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The goal was to train more young people in preservation skills...

September 3, 2015 - 1:18am
14 min 25 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Associated Press survey of nearly a dozen big cities reveals emergency planning for crude oil trains remains a work in progress.

The 100-car trains are loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest and rumble past schools, homes and businesses.

Cities around the country are scrambling to formulate emergency plans and train firefighters amid the latest safety threat: a fiftyfold increase in crude shipments that critics say has...

September 3, 2015 - 12:02am
14 min 24 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is showing no improvement, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years.

The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam.

The report says the Class of 2015 scored an average 495 in reading, down from 497 the previous year.

The average score for math was 511, down from 513. Writing scores dropped three points, to...

September 2, 2015 - 11:31pm
44 min 29 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former State Department employee who helped Hillary Rodham Clinton set up her private email server says he will assert his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before the House committee on Benghazi.

Attorneys for Brian Pagliano sent the committee a letter Monday saying their client would not testify at a hearing planned for next week. The panel subpoenaed Pagliano last monoth.

The letter was first reported Wednesday by The...

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