Life & Times

This farm in Broome County is no longer operational, a sign of the dire economy in New York's southern tier. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Talk of Secession

Monday, March 30, 2015

Windsor, n.y. — From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a …

Outside Story: Nature Myths

Monday, March 30, 2015

Walking through the woods on a cool spring morning, I saw a barred owl in an old maple tree. I circled the owl three times …

The Winners

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A panel of Valley News judges looked at 405 entries for the 2015 Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. They …

A Rare Glimpse of the Civil War Era

Monday, March 30, 2015

Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., draped in black-and-white mourning cloth, following his assassination. African American mothers holding their babies, likely the first generation born into freedom. A battlefield in the Virginia wilderness a year after the war, …

Indiana Governor Defends New Law

Monday, March 30, 2015

Indianapolis — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it. Pence appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the …

Vets Honored

Monday, March 30, 2015

Veterans Robert Porter, left, of Claremont, and Deb Cahill, of White River Junction, look through candid photos from the Gulf War on Sunday after the Shield of Valor Ceremony which presented 15 local Gulf War veterans with handmade …

Music to Set a Soul at Ease

Friday, March 27, 2015

Just a few more weary days and then I’ll fly away To a land where joys will never end I’ll fly away – from I’ll Fly Away by Alfred E. Brumley A few weeks before Buddy Pipes died …

House Designed by Honda Puts U.S. Power Grid to the Test

Friday, March 27, 2015

Davis, Calif. — There are no flying cars in Susan O’Hara and Stuart Bennett’s garage, nor robot servants waiting to fetch their slippers and a martini when they arrive home. But the experimental house where O’Hara, Bennett and …

Who’s This Dog’s Daddy? DNA Tests Help Adoption

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? …

Was This Man Part of Lincoln’s Assassination?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Outside a Georgetown restaurant a group of crime writers is calling it a night when somebody brings up an old case one of them has been mining for years. “Guilty!” declares James Swanson, author of Manhunt …

David’s House Receives $500 Community Spirit Grant

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — David’s House in Lebanon has been awarded $500 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 mini-grant program. The money will be used to provide home-away-from-home support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Since opened in 1986, the nonprofit has …

Parent Discussion in Lebanon Will Focus on Adolescents

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — A discussion for parents of adolescents is set for March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Kilton Public Library. Cindy Pierce, college speaker and comic storyteller, presents “Choosing Your Life, Living Your Choices: Navigating the Influences of Peers, Media and Technology with Your Adolescent.” Topics include sex, …

Fido Helps Doctors Find Cancer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Rock — Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague. A group of Arkansas medical researchers have revealed a new study finding that scent-trained dogs can be used to detect thyroid cancer — with …