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BOSTON (AP) — A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to clean up and restore power.

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NEW YORK — As he worked on early drafts of “The Catcher in the Rye,” a novel which proved both scandalous and life-changing, J.D. Salinger considered adding his generation’s idea of a trigger alert.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. …

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Georgia — The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.

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Windsor, Vt. — A prevention network grant (PNG) of $450,000 has been awarded to Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) from the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. MAHHC is the sole recipient of the grant, whose goals include reducing the preva…

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CLAREMONT — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visited The Recovery Center in downtown Claremont yesterday to speak with recovery staff and local residents about community resources to prevent and treat drug addiction.

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. — The Rockingham Selectboard will consider proposed zoning changes in the Island industrial district, which Town Planner Chuck Wise said will expand the range of commercial land uses on the island.

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TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women’s sagging pelvic organs.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Lawyers for a Miami businessman accused in a multimillion-dollar fraud case in northern Vermont want his trial moved out of state because of what they call “inflammatory pretrial publicity.”

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MONTPELIER — Attorney General Donovan yesterday joined a multistate coalition challenging a Trump Administration rule aimed at turning away individuals seeking asylum from Central and South America. Under the rule, many individuals seeking asylum at the southern border would be turned away u…

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WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. — Songwriting, like most art forms, is often as much about the process as it is the product. For Vermont country singer Ben Fuller, the writing of “Spark” — his newly released song about the tragedy of Ascutney dairy farmer Romaine Tenney — forged a personal connection wit…

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MONROE, Wash. — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-st…

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NEW YORK — In reporter Ronan Farrow’s account of his contentious divorce from NBC News, the more evidence he gathered on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, the less enthusiastic his bosses seemed to be.

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A retired firefighter whose 34-year-old brother was one of 343 New York City firefighters who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center of Sept. 11, 2001, has been tooling around the country on his Harley Davidson since his retirement in 2005.