New England

Tornado touches down north of Boston in Revere

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted. Officials in Revere, a coast...

Sex assault charge reveals disturbing high school 'tradition'

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new graduate of a prestigious New Hampshire high school has been charged with sexually assaulting a freshman as part of a student tradition in which seniors try to have sex with younger students. A police affidavit obtained by the Concord Monitor alleges 18-yea...

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Boy with cancer gets extra special birthday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Foxborough boy with an inoperable brain tumor is celebrating his sixth birthday in style after an outpouring of support, much of it coming from strangers around the world. Tens of thousands of birthday cards and packages began streaming in after appeals wer...

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Healthy American chestnuts may hold key to restoration

BERLIN, Vt. — Tucked out of sight near a well-traveled gravel road are scores of healthy American chestnut trees that could help scientists seeking to restore a species that was nearly wiped out by an invasive fungus. Most of the trees in Berlin are tiny, some still growing out of t...

Questions linger after missing teen returns home

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Since 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez returned home last week, her photo has been taken off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. The missing-person posters that hung in her hometown for nine months are now scrawled with "Found." Her moth...

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Cape Cod teen is jump-rope champ

BREWSTER, Mass. (AP) — Cape Cod may have some of the best beaches in the country, but it could also have the nation’s top jump-rope competitor. Brewster resident Adam Jernberg, 17, recently won first prize overall, which includes all age groups, in the USA Jump Rope Nationals c...

New Hampshire driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields said she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitti... 4

As numbers of gray seals rise in New England, so do conflicts

ROCKLAND (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century becau...

Energy a focus as leaders meet in New Hampshire

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states said Monday that delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues facing the region. Energy and economic collaboration were...

Man who killed lover's husband gets work release

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie "To Die For" has been moved to a minimum-security prison. William "Billy" Flynn was transferred this past week to a facility in...