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Two men walk across the street in  as seen through the frozen window pane of a cafe on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 during a snowstorm in New Bedford, Mass.  The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.    (Peter Pereira/Standard Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Region Digs Out From Nor’easter

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boston — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continued to mop up from Monday’s storm. And the misery may not be over. The National Weather Service forecast scattered …

Local & Regional Briefs: Wednesday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Convict in Student Killing Denied Parole Concord — A man serving a life sentence for the rape and slaying of a University of New Hampshire student has been conditionally denied parole for a lesser charge associated with that crime. Seth Mazzaglia asked the state parole board Tuesday for parole on a witness tampering charge that’s tied to the 2012 death of 19-year-old Elizabeth …

Vt. AG Drops Probe

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Montpelier — The state Attorney General’s Office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office said on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette Smith and decided to take no action. News of the investigation …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Newport Elementary Principal Resigns From Post Newport — Newport School District Elementary Principal Peter Durso has resigned from his position due to personal reasons, SAU 43 Superintendent Cynthia Gallagher said in a news release on Monday. Durso, who assumed the post in August 2015, will continue to work …

Purple Heart Connects Newport Family

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concord — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence. Eugene Victor Call, a …

Heroin Scourge Changes Role of Police in Hard-Hit Areas

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cincinnati — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. No recognition, though, of the solidly built, 6-foot-4 blue-uniformed police …

Mass. Plan Could Signal Hydro Arrival To Region

Monday, February 8, 2016

Boston — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without …

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lake Champlain Fish to Be Tested for Pollution Toxins Burlington — The Lake Champlain Basin Program has announced that it plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury and toxins produced by cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. The basin program said it will test for …

Travelers Warned to Be Cautious in Wake of Zika

Monday, February 8, 2016

As more countries report cases, concern over the Zika virus has been growing. The primary worry is the effect the virus has on the fetuses of pregnant women who are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the virus. Officials in the United States expect some mosquitoes in this country …

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Primary Focus: Capturing the Candidates on Their Upper Valley Swing Since 1952

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Long before television live shots and satellite trucks, before campaign trackers and YouTube posts, before smartphones and selfies, still photographers were the main source of images from the campaign trail. As it turns out, the Valley News was …

Casinos Woo Millennials

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston — Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele. In New England, where …

Newport Carnival Doesn’t Need Snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Newport — Residents of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival with a tribute to its roots and a grudging acceptance that climate change can wreak havoc with the schedule of events. Organizers believe it’s the oldest …