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September 5, 2015 - 9:00am
21 hours 24 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
21 hours 4 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 - 9:15am
4 min 14 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials say two Maryland correctional dogs died from heat exhaustion when a vehicle's air conditioner failed.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services tells The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1KoALBp) one of its bloodhounds, Kojack, and a Dutch Shepherd named Dingo, were taking part in operations Aug. 25 to transfer prisoners from the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Department spokesman Gerard Shields says...

September 1, 2015 - 9:03am
4 min 14 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's National Museum of Crime & Punishment has announced it will be closing its doors soon.

The museum's Chief Operating Officer Janine Vaccarello says terms from a lease agreement are forcing the museum out of its three-story building at the end of September. She says the building owners have the right to ask the museum, which charges $21.95 for an adult ticket, to vacate the property if it doesn't meet certain sales thresholds....

September 1, 2015 - 8:32am
4 min 14 sec ago

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old suburban Detroit man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse will spend the rest of his life in prison for beating his 87-year-old father and 85-year-old mother to death with hammers.

An Oakland County jury found Jeffrey Maurer guilty Friday of first-degree premeditated murder. He will be sentenced Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of William and Gayle Maurer Jan. 19 in a vehicle inside the...

September 1, 2015 - 8:29am
4 min 14 sec ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Georgia Frazier is a cancer survivor and daughter of a former New York Yankees pitcher.

She's also Miss Oklahoma and one of many compelling story lines in this year's Miss America competition.

The 2016 Miss America will be crowned Sept. 13 in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

Several contestants want to be doctors. One wants to be president. One has a lifelong dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres....

September 1, 2015 - 8:25am
4 min 14 sec ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee is holding rare disciplinary hearings for two lawmakers who are accused of misusing public resources to hide an extramarital affair.

The special six-member panel will convene for the first time Tuesday at the Capitol to adopt rules and procedures. The House Business Office released a summary report Monday alleging that Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were dishonest and violated House rules and Michigan...

September 1, 2015 - 8:17am
4 min 14 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a baby girl was successfully delivered in the backseat of an Uber car parked by the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The New York Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1fThnhG ) the birthing process began around 5:15 p.m. Monday as the baby's 32-year-old mother was in the backseat of the ride-hailing company's car.

The mother's driver flagged down a Port Authority police officer after stopping the car near West 40th Street and...

September 1, 2015 - 8:14am
4 min 14 sec ago

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

The office of a defiant county clerk in Kentucky has denied a marriage license to another gay couple.

On Tuesday morning, James Yates and Will Smith Jr. marched into Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office. It was their fifth attempt to obtain a marriage license, and they once again were turned...

September 1, 2015 - 7:48am
4 min 14 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Southwest Airlines says a Chicago-bound flight has been diverted to Texas after a group of passengers became disorderly.

The airline says Flight No. 1522 from San Diego was diverted Monday night to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Amarillo, Texas.

Southwest says in a statement that several passengers traveling together "became disorderly and, subsequently, refused to follow instructions from the crew."

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