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Tiffany Van Alstyne is led from Knox town court after her arraignment on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Knox, N.Y. The 19-year old has been accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Cops: Teen Killed Boy, Made False Report

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Berne, n.y. (ap) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday. Tiffany Van Alstyne’s bogus 911 call on Thursday afternoon set off a search for Kenneth …

Report: Need Change in Vt. Child Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Williston, Vt. — A private assessment of how Vermont handles child protection cases released Thursday said workers need to be better trained and able to be more focused on their priorities by reducing workloads. The report by Casey Family Programs comes after the death of two toddlers who were known to the state’s Department for Children and Families. Former DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone …

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. …

N.H. Health Insurance Deadline Coming Up

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents shopping for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the second enrollment period have nearly four times more choices but only half the time to make their decision. While the first enrollment period lasted six months, the health law’s second sign-up season …

Railroad Rebuilding After Quebec Tragedy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Portland, Maine — The company that purchased assets of the railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Canada says it is seeing growth as it rebuilds the business. Central Maine and Quebec Railway has nearly doubled its business from June, but it …

A Tree Fir Every Budget

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Waterville Valley, N.H. — Some U.S. consumers are going over the Internet or through the woods to find fresh Christmas trees this year, taking advantage of shopping options at opposite ends of the cost spectrum. In one camp …

Thousands Still Without Power in Vermont After Storm

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Berlin, Vt. — About 6,000 customers were still without power in Vermont on Saturday evening, three days after a brutal storm pounded the state with heavy, wet snow and caused the worst outages in years. Earlier in the …

Heating Oil Not Taking Such a Bite

Saturday, December 13, 2014

West Lebanon — The average price of No. 2 fuel oil has dipped to $3.22 per gallon this month, according to a recent report. That’s a drop of nearly 15 percent from last year at this time, and …

‘Eat More Kale’ Wins Legal Fight

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Montpelier — A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chick-fil-A over use of the phrase “eat more kale” — similar to their trademarked “eat mor chikin” — has …

2012 Killings Not Allowed in Hernandez Case

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fall River, Mass. — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday. Hernandez has …

N.H. Plans to Crack Down on Drunken Driving

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is ramping up efforts to prevent drunken driving during the holiday season by increasing undercover monitoring of establishments serving alcohol and partnering with the state police to increase patrols. A $25,000 grant from the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association will help …

Shumlin Calls for FairPoint Strike End

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Montpelier — A rash of recent Internet and phone outages prompted Gov. Peter Shumlin to call Friday for Vermont’s dominant landline phone carrier and about 1,700 striking workers to resolve their labor dispute. A FairPoint Communications spokeswoman and a union leader responded with a fresh round of recriminations. …

Vt. Health Connect Continues Struggles

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Montpelier — The back-end manual processes that underpin Vermont’s health care exchange continue to cause problems, according to customers, state officials and an internal memo. Those processes are also driving up spending that could add to the budget deficit next year, which is already pegged at roughly $100 …