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Singer Keith Urban arrives at the 46th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012.

46 receive medical treatment at Keith Urban concert near Boston

By Reuters on July 27, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
BOSTON — Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban’s concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about 25 …

Elaine Brody, pioneer of gerontology, dies at 91

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times on July 27, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
Elaine M. Brody interviewed old people for admission to a Philadelphia nursing home, but the ones who especially worried her were the family members who brought them in. They were, by and large, women in their middle years, the daughters and daughters-in-laws who were “overburdened and stressed” from tending to …

Bel Kaufman, author of ‘Up the Down Staircase’ comic novel, dies at 103

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on July 27, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
Bel Kaufman, who turned her experiences teaching in the New York City public schools into the comic novel “Up the Down Staircase,” one of the best-selling books of the 1960s, which was later made into a film, died July 25 at her home in Manhattan. She was 103. Her daughter …

‘Spider-Man’ accused of punching police officer in Times Square

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on July 27, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City’s Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon incident began when Junior Bishop, 25, was …
Smoke traveling thousands of miles to Maine from the western United States is creating hazy conditions over the state this weekend, partially obscuring the sun in Caribou Saturday morning and prompting air quality warnings.

Maine firefighters battle wildfires in Oregon as smoke continues to drift east over New England

By Julia Bayly on July 26, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — A crew of 20 Maine firefighters has spent a week battling wildfires in Oregon even as smoke from those fires drifts more than 3,000 miles to the east creating hazy conditions over northern New England this weekend. Dozens of fires are burning hundreds of thousands of …

Alan ‘Ace’ Greenberg, who remade Bear Stearns, dies at 86

By Yalman Onaran, Bloomberg on July 26, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
NEW YORK — Alan C. “Ace” Greenberg, who as chief executive officer of Bear Stearns Cos. transformed a small bond shop into the fifth-largest U.S. securities firm before it collapsed in 2008 in one of the key events of the global credit crisis, has died. He was 86. He died …

New Hampshire town gripped by mystery of girl’s 9-month disappearance, sudden return

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on July 26, 2014, at 6:56 a.m.
CONWAY, New Hampshire — Elation over the sudden return of a teenager who went missing for nine months from a small town in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is giving way to critical questions from residents about why and how she had vanished. Abigail Hernandez, 15, was reported missing in Conway …

Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

By David Schwartz, Reuters on July 26, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
PHOENIX — A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said Friday. Bryan, 33, was returning home with his wife late on Thursday when he saw two suspects running out of a …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez enters the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts in this file photo taken May 28.

Massachusetts judge won’t toss murder charge against ex-Patriots player Hernandez

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on July 25, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer’s killing of a semi-professional football player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense’s argument that prosecutors lack probable cause to …

Pennsylvania parents locked son in car trunk to cure fear of dark

By Elizabeth Daley, Reuters on July 25, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their 5-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this week, according to court officials Friday. Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart were charged with felony child endangerment and reckless …

Arizona killer was given two doses of drugs in drawn-out execution

By David Schwartz, Reuters on July 25, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.
PHOENIX — Arizona executioners had to administer at least two full doses of a two-drug lethal injection cocktail to a convicted killer before he finally succumbed nearly two hours after his execution began, the state’s assistant attorney general said Thursday. Attorneys for the 55-year-old double murderer, who they said gasped …

Maine to receive $1.8M in health insurance rebates

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 …

Man charged with possession of gun believed tied to Boston bombing

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BOSTON — Federal prosecutors believe a Boston-area man, arrested this week on drug charges, possessed a handgun the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are thought to have used to kill a university police officer, the man’s lawyer said Thursday. Stephen Silva, a high school friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was …
Students dish up carrots, cucumbers, cornbread and bananas at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland as part of The Hunger-Free Kids Act, which limits calories and salt, adds more whole grains and requires daily servings of fruits and vegetables in school lunches.

Nearly half the obese youth in America don’t know they’re obese

By Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post on July 24, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
The good news is obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S. after decades of furious growth. The bad news is America’s youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem. In the U.S., 42 percent of children and adolescents, between the ages of 8 and …

European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

By Christian Lowe, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
WARSAW — The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining al-Qaida suspects. The court said it had been established that the …
Father William Dingwall, a Trappist Monk, monitors the brewing of Trappist Ale at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts on July 22, 2014.

Monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

By Scott Malone, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
SPENCER, Massachusetts — Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs. The 60 monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey still …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez smiles during a hearing on Tuesday in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Judge sets January start for murder trial of ex-Patriots star Hernandez

By Elizabeth Barber, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
BOSTON — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star’s …

Dan Borislow, whose ‘MagicJack’ revolutionized telephone, dies at 52

By Laurence Arnold and Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg on July 24, 2014, at 6:56 a.m.
Dan Borislow, whose “MagicJack,” peddled in television infomercials, helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet, has died. He was 52. His death was confirmed by Brad Shewmake, a spokesman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., the maker of the device. Borislow was the founder and former chief executive officer of the …

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

By David Schwartz, Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 5:49 a.m.
PHOENIX — An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday, and his lawyers said he “gasped and snorted” before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States. The execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood …
Deb Walters is kayaking from Maine to Guatemala, raising awareness and donations for Safe Passage, a charity that helps children in Guatemala.

Maine grandmother kayaking Guatemala to raise money for charity

By Ann Charlton, York County Coast Star on July 23, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
WELLS, Maine — The Wells Rotary Club had the opportunity to listen to the story of one woman’s inspiring journey as she kayaks 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala in an effort to raise awareness and donation for a Maine-based nonprofit called Safe Passage. Deb Walters, a 63-year-old retired scientist …
 
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