2:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Tribes Support Changing Feds' Recognition Process

By Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press

MASHPEE, Mass. — American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government's plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition.

But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further.

They called for setting a time limit on the review process, which can sometimes take decades.

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Undocumented minors
5:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Maine Still Seeking Information About Undocumented Minors

One day after Gov. Paul LePage says he learned that eight undocumented, unaccompanied minors have been placed in Maine, state officials say they're still trying to get more information about the children.  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state received no advance notice about the children, what their health status is, how long they'll be here or where they are in Maine.

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Illegal border crossings
5:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

LePage: Feds Placed 8 Immigrant Children in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Gov. Paul LePage says that eight unaccompanied children who crossed the nation's border illegally have been placed in Maine.

LePage said Tuesday that he learned the information on a conference call with White House officials on Tuesday, but received no details on where the children are from or where they were placed.

LePage said President Barack Obama has failed to enforce border laws and says Maine can't be a state that ``encourages illegal immigration.''

Maine has no federal detention facilities.

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Missing teen returns
3:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Missing New Hampshire Teen Home After 9 Months

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) _ A 15-year-old girl who disappeared while on her way home from school last October is safely home with her family.
    The state attorney general says Abigail Hernandez of Conway was reunited with her family on Sunday evening.
    Police said Abigail was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. Police say she walked her normal route toward home and sent several texts between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. But she never made it home.
    Police did reveal several months ago that she had written home to her mother.

Space payloads
12:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

King Worried About Reliance on Russian Rocket Motors

With the end of the space shuttle program, the United States no longer has its own capability to put very heavy payloads into space. The U.S. is relying on a Russian rocket motor - and that was the topic of a hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Angus King asked Air Force Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, whether Russia has tried to use its rocket motors as leverage.

"Even after Ukraine, Crimea, the various unpleasantness, no threats?”  King asked.

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7:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Head Shop Owner to be Sentenced on Drug Charges

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A 34-year-old upstate New York man who owned a 12-store chain of head shops faces sentencing for possessing and intending to sell illegal synthetic drugs through his stores.

John Tebbetts faces up to nine years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Syracuse.

Hurricane Arthur
12:56 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Strengthens as it Continues Moving Toward North Carolina Coast

MIAMI (AP) _ Hurricane Arthur is strengthening in the Atlantic, threatening to become a Category 2 storm when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast on Independence Day.
    Its maximum sustained winds late Thursday morning were 90 mph (150 kph). Hurricane warnings on North Carolina's coast stretch from Surf City to the Virginia border.
    A hurricane watch is in effect for other parts of the state. A tropical storm warning covers parts of South Carolina and Virginia.

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6:31 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Red Sox Employee, Girlfriend Dead in Car Accident

BOSTON — A 28-year-old man who produced the video and scoreboard entertainment at Fenway Park was killed along with his girlfriend when they were struck by a car in the Back Bay.

Authorities say John Lanzillotti and 27-year-old Jessica Campbell died after being struck by a car that crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Beacon and Fairfield streets and rolled over into them Saturday night. Both victims lived in Brookline.

Police say two people in one of the cars were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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9:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Officials Recover Part from Wreckage of Plane Crash that Killed Rockefeller

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Federal investigators have recovered a piece of the engine of a small plane that crashed and killed a member of the Rockefeller family in suburban New York.

Richard Rockefeller, the great-grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, was killed in the crash on Friday.

The Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop plane went down shortly after takeoff from Westchester County Airport. It narrowly missed a house in Purchase, New York.

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Plane crash
11:37 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Rockefeller Great-Grandson Dies in NY Plane Crash

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) _ A family spokesman says the pilot of a small plane who died in a crash outside New York City was Richard Rockefeller, great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.
    Westchester County Airport operations manager John Starace says the aircraft took off just after 8 a.m. Friday and went down after hitting some trees west of the airfield.
    Rockefeller, of Falmouth, Maine, was the only person on board the Portland, Maine-registered aircraft. The family spokesman says the 64-year-old was a doctor and father of two.

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