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U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ETThe U.S. State Department announced Friday that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism."The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the...
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Despite Corruption Scandal, Blatter Wins Fifth Term As FIFA Chief

Update at 1:18 p.m. ET. Blatter Wins Fifth Term:Two days after leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, soccer's world governing body decided to stay the course, electing Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as its president.Switzerland's Blatter has been FIFA's chief since 1998. He couldn't secure a victory during the first round of voting, but his lone challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, withdrew his name from the race once it became clear that Blatter would be...
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Connecticut high school juniors may no longer have to take a controversial standardized test. Earlier this week the Senate voted 33-3 to relieve 11th-graders from having to take Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. Instead, they'd take a nationally recognized college readiness exam, such as the SAT.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 29, 2015.

Sixteen presidential candidates talking over each other doesn't sound much like good TV. CNN and Fox News know this, so when they air their Republican debates later this year, they'll both limit the field to 10 candidates.

Both networks will use polling data to limit the field to only the 10 most popular candidates (CNN will have a second debate featuring the also-rans). It'll cut down on the chaos, but there's a big problem with winnowing down the field this way: the lowest-rated people included in the debate might not deserve to be there.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to announce his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday with a speech at Baltimore's Federal Hill Park. His announcement will be quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well-known to area residents and the addition of the local Kelly Bell Band booked as entertainment.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's law prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The court ruled in favor of Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn (on behalf of himself and his patients), who had challenged Idaho's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that restricts abortion in the state.

It turns out that the harsh winter and a growing trade deficit made a bigger dent in the U.S. economy in the first three months of the year than previously thought — with revised first-quarter GDP actually shrinking by 0.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department.

Commerce had earlier estimated output growing by 0.2 percent. The contraction announced Friday is the first since the first quarter of 2014.

Facebook: Elect Merelice

About 100 people are expected to meet in Worcester Saturday for the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s annual state convention. The 6,000-member group unsuccessfully ran candidates in statewide races last year including treasurer, auditor and secretary of the commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with the party’s co-chair M.K. Merelice who ran for auditor in 2014, about Saturday’s open convention and the party’s goals.


A new law goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts that entitles most employees to earn and use sick time.  The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is holding more than a dozen listening sessions and formal public hearings across the state on the new law.   A public hearing took place Friday t in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its finalized Clean Water Rule on Wednesday, which it says will enhance stream and wetlands protection from pollution and degradation. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the decision comes after months of fierce debate.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 29, 2015.


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