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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
4 days 4 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 3 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 - 4:00pm
5 min 55 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...

September 4, 2015 - 3:52pm
5 min 55 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail captain and a correction officer have been charged with assault and other crimes in the beating of a mentally challenged 18-year-old inmate at Rikers Island.

Capt. Medzid Kolenovic (kohl-ih-NOH'-vihk) and Officer Jean Destine (jahn dehs-TEEN') pleaded not guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault and to felony charges that they altered use-of-force documents.

Prosecutors say Kolenovic and Destine beat the inmate in a...

September 4, 2015 - 3:45pm
5 min 55 sec ago

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A manager has been fired and a drive-thru worker has been put on paid leave at a South Florida Arby's restaurant accused of refusing to serve a police officer.

The Atlanta-based company confirmed the disciplinary actions Friday.

Pembroke Pines police say a sergeant attempted to order at the Arby's drive-thru Tuesday evening, but a manager told her a drive-thru worker didn't want to serve her because she was a police...

September 4, 2015 - 3:44pm
5 min 55 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's reluctance to enter the presidential race centers on his family. His wife, Jill, has never relished political life and is said to share his misgivings about whether the Bidens are emotionally equipped for another campaign.

While Biden's deliberations have played out semi-publicly, the second lady has remained largely out of sight.

Several people close to her say she won't stand in the way of her husband's...

September 4, 2015 - 3:24pm
5 min 55 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have arrested a woman suspected of stealing a patrol car that held her handcuffed husband in the back seat.

Troopers say Amber Watford and her husband Joshua Watford were arrested yesterday at a Wasilla home.

Troopers on Wednesday received a tip that Joshua Watford, who was wanted on a warrant, was in a Big Lake pawn shop. An officer arrested him, placed him in handcuffs and put him in the back of a...

September 4, 2015 - 3:14pm
5 min 55 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Organizers faced an outcry this week over a ticket plan keeping most of Pope Francis' audience at his two biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away. A map added to some confusion over the size of the ticketholder-only zone.

Here are answers to some key questions:

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DO I NEED TICKETS TO ATTEND THE POPE'S PUBLIC EVENTS IN PHILADLEPHIA?

It depends on the event. The pope is holding...

September 4, 2015 - 2:51pm
5 min 55 sec ago

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman found engulfed in flames at a Florida condominium complex has died from her injuries.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reported 43-year-old Dara Broker's death Friday.

A news release says deputies and rescue workers responded to the Winter Park Woods complex Thursday afternoon following reports of a woman in the parking lot whose head and upper body were on fire. No one saw how the fire started, but...

September 4, 2015 - 2:43pm
5 min 55 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — A new report says a Massachusetts agency failed to protect a 7-year-old boy who police say was beaten and starved by his father and who is now in a coma.

The Department of Children and Families' report released Friday found it failed to pull together abuse reports that ultimately led to the failure to adequately protect Jack Loiselle.

The report says the department did some things right, including carrying out visits and delivering...

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