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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
11 hours 56 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
11 hours 36 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 - 12:01am
8 hours 26 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A new government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults continues to fall.

The smoking rate dropped to 17 percent last year, down from about 18 percent in 2013.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings Tuesday, based on a large national survey.

The smoking rate has been falling for decades. Experts attribute recent declines decline to anti-smoking advertising campaigns, cigarette...

August 31, 2015 - 11:13pm
6 min 40 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here comes the bride all dressed in white. And here come thousands of Philadelphia bicyclists not dressed in anything.

Nude and body-painted participants from this year's Philly Naked Bike Ride cruised through the wedding day photo shoot of lovebirds Ross Cohen and Blair Delson.

The couple got married Saturday and spent the hours before their wedding taking photos at romantic spots around the city. JPG Photography studio owner...

August 31, 2015 - 10:38pm
6 min 40 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A man convicted of parachute-jumping from the top of New York's One World Trade Center with two other men has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

A judge on Monday also ordered Marko Markovich to pay a $2,000 fine.

James Brady and Andrew Rossig had to pay similar fines but received lesser community service sentences earlier this month.

The men were convicted in June of reckless endangerment and other...

August 31, 2015 - 10:31pm
6 min 40 sec ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

But Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says in a Monday email to The Associated Press that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is complete and the company is satisfied it's safe to start drilling again.

He says there's...

August 31, 2015 - 9:24pm
6 min 40 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an Atlanta-area police officer was shot and critically wounded when officers responded to a call of a suspicious person and showed up at the wrong house.

DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said three officers responded Monday night. The officers entered the home from the rear, identified themselves and one of the officers was shot in the leg.

Alexander says the officer lost a lot of blood and is in critical condition...

August 31, 2015 - 9:02pm
6 min 40 sec ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. IN ALASKA, OBAMA AIMS TO SPOTLIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

During his three-day tour of the far north, Obama plans to hike a glacier, talk with fishermen and tape a reality TV show to illustrate how warming temperatures are damaging the state's stunning landscape.

2. WHY CLINTON WON'T LIKELY FACE PROSECUTION OVER EMAILS...

August 31, 2015 - 8:58pm
6 min 40 sec ago

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Video obtained by a San Antonio TV station appears to show a man with his hands up fatally shot by deputies.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 41-year-old Gilbert Flores died after the shooting Friday.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said what the video shows "is a cause for concern," though her office in a Facebook post criticized its release amid an investigation.

The department says deputies...

August 31, 2015 - 8:52pm
6 min 40 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis has asked a teenage girl to sing for him during a talk via satellite with Americans ahead of his first trip to the United States.

The pope was in Rome talking to Americans in Los Angeles, Chicago and McAllen, Texas, in an event arranged Monday by ABC News.

Seventeen-year-old Valerie Herrera in Chicago wept as she told Francis she'd been bullied because of a rare skin condition and had turned to music for comfort. He said...

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