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Dec 25
The Passion of Joe Cocker

A few years ago we were watching a televised concert series, when the voice on the stage suddenly thundered through the TV speakers. In the flesh, with gravel and grit, Joe Cocker was live and spouting…

Dec 25
Editorial: The Welcome Decline of the Death Penalty

The death penalty has had a long run in America, but that run may not last forever. Though it's not on life support, it's definitely in serious condition. A form of punishment that was once widely used…

Dec 25
Column: There's No Win-Win in U.S.- Cuba Rapprochement

For more than 50 years, enmity with the United States has been integral to the Cuban political identity. "A revolution that was not attacked," Fidel Castro wrote in 1961, "would in the first place not…

Dec 25
Mascoma Clinic Hits Money Goal

Canaan -- A community group that plans to build a $4 million clinic to serve the Mascoma Valley says that it has met its year-end fundraising goal of $200,000, with $180,000 in donations already received…

Dec 25
Showtime Never Sleeps: Thetford Native DiFrancesco Keeps Lakers Running as Strength and Conditioning Coach

Boston -- Morning activity buzzes outside the window on Boylston Street as Tim DiFrancesco stands alone inside the fitness facility of downtown Boston's Four Seasons hotel. It's 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 5, and…

Dec 25
Donald H. Balch

Windsor, Vt. -- Donald H. Balch, 68, a resident of Windsor passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 24, surrounded by his family at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Funeral arrangements…

Dec 25
Column: Obama Stages a Fourth-Quarter Rally

Six months ago, President Obama's foreign policy looked stymied. Negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians were at a dead end. Russia was gaining ground in eastern Ukraine. U.S. efforts to end the…

Dec 25
The Lessons of God's 'Odd' Choices

This week we mark Christmas, which for many of us is more than an excuse to exchange brightly wrapped gifts and chug eggnog. For practicing Christians, it's also a holy day when we remember that Almighty…

Dec 25
Jewish Community Widens Tent as Racial Diversity Increases

Chicago -- Meira and Tyler Burnett always look forward to their family's annual Hanukkah party, when they will light the menorah and enjoy traditional potato pancakes, called latkes. The siblings, ages…

Dec 25
Meryl Streep Sings Sondheim, and Finds Her Own Voice

New York -- Meryl Streep sings. Her fans know this. Meryl Streep sang in Postcards From the Edge, in Ironweed, on the children's album Philadelphia Chickens and, of course, in Mamma Mia, the movie…

Dec 25
Schools seek streamlined distance learning process

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Southern New Hampshire University has become one of the largest nonprofit providers of online degrees in the country, thanks in part to a staffer dedicated to seeking program approval from other states and to the half a million dollars a year it pays those states. So New Hampshire's recent decision to join an effort to streamline that process came as welcome news to the university's president.

Dec 25
Vermont man dies in head-on crash; 4 others hurt

BERKSHIRE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a car crossed over the center line of a roadway and hit another car head-on, killing one driver and injuring four people in the other car.

Dec 25
Vermont man leads police on chase after robbery

MONTGOMERY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a 25-year-old man led them on a chase through four towns after they tried to pull him over following an armed robbery.

Dec 24
Vermonter to make new stops in Massachusetts

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - An upcoming change in the route of Amtrak's Vermonter is prompting authorities to urge residents of several western Massachusetts communities to use caution.

Dec 24
River advocate swims the Mohawk to raise awareness

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wearing a wetsuit and towing a yellow raft, environmental educator Christopher Swain swam across the Hudson River on a gray and drizzly Wednesday to complete his trek of the 149-mile Mohawk River, the Hudson's largest tributary.

Dec 24
Bills-Patriots Capsule

BUFFALO (8-7) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3)

Dec 24
Police say Walmart shopper foiled wallet thief

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman will have a merrier Christmas after police say a fellow Walmart shopper tackled a man who stole a wallet from her purse.

Dec 24
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Day' game

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the "Pick 3 Day" game were:

Dec 24
Police say suspect linked to 5 area robberies

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - South Burlington police say a man arrested on charges of robbing a convenience store in the Vermont city has been linked to five robberies in the region.

Dec 24
Shrimp vessels sought for research

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are seeking four shrimp trawling vessels to collect samples for research this winter.

Dec 24
Police search home, car in Maine home invasion

SACO, Maine (AP) - Police say they have searched a New Hampshire home and car in connection with a home invasion and shooting in Saco, Maine.