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Three-term Democratic New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has won re-election, easily fending off a challenge from a little-known and poorly funded Republican New York City lawyer.

Veteran U.S. Rep. John Larson has won re-election to a 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is returning to Washington for a second six-year term.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has won an eighth term. He's the Senate's longest-serving member. The 76-year-old beat back a challenge from Republican businessman Scott Milne.

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A fight among neighbors in Springfield has left three men injured and in custody.

Authorities have arrested 11 people following a three-month investigation into contraband smuggling at the Albany County Jail.

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Connecticut and federal officials are announcing a hotline for people to report rights abuses or fraud at the polls on Election Day. Workers from the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission will staff the hotline during voting hours on Tuesday.

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On Halloween, homeowners have more to worry about than running out of candy for trick-or-treaters.

Massachusetts State Police say a 9-year-old girl was killed when she was dragged by a school bus and then struck by it as she was getting off at her stop.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is urging residents to reduce their water usage whenever possible. The governor says steps need to be taken to "stretch our water supply" given the state's persistent drought conditions.

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A sewer pipe break caused by last week's heavy rain has spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage into a central New York lake.

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General Electric says it's "disappointed" by a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's plan that requires the company to clean chemicals from a western Massachusetts river.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that General Electric issued a statement Wednesday indicating that it may appeal Tuesday's decision upholding the $613 million proposal. It would have a 30-day window after the EPA issues its final cleanup permit.

Police say the slaying of a man in the city of Troy may be connected to the death of a man whose body was found in a creek in a neighboring town.

Troy police say 23-year-old Javier Gomez was found dead in his apartment Monday.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says a woman walking her dog spotted a man's body in a dry creek bed the next evening in the town of Brunswick, just east of Troy. The body hasn't been identified yet but authorities say they believe he was connected to Gomez.

Authorities say both men were slain but police haven't released other details.

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A 19-year-old student at the University of Connecticut was run over and killed by a campus fire department vehicle Sunday.

A Connecticut State Police report says UConn student Jeffny Pally was hit around 1:15 a.m. while sitting against the bay door of the campus public safety complex in Storrs.

The report says Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting on the ground with her back against the bay door when the fire department got an emergency call and opened the door.

The report says she then fell back on the ground and the fire department vehicle ran over her.

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo is pushing for a special panel to review ethical guidelines for public officials in Massachusetts.

Police say a 3-year-old child has been killed in a lawnmower accident in upstate New York.

One man is dead and another is injured after a shooting in the quiet college town of Amherst.

Vermont State Police investigators are trying to determine if a skull found at a Sheldon home could be from an unreported homicide committed more than 50 years ago.

A lawyer representing the Newtown families that sued the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre says they will appeal a judge's dismissal of the lawsuit.

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The only Roman Catholic high School in Berkshire County is closing. The Diocese of Springfield announced Thursday that St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield will close at the end of the current academic year in June 2017.

Church officials blamed the closure on declining enrollment, the increasing costs of education, greater financial assistance needs, a financial deficit, and the overwhelming costs of renovating the school's aging facilities.

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Drought levels have eased slightly in portions of Massachusetts. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of southeastern Massachusetts that had been in extreme drought are now considered to be in severe drought, one level lower but still quite serious.

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Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump is planning to seek re-election in 2018. The Democrat made the announcement Tuesday to quell speculation she might leave her post to run the two businesses her husband Paul McDevitt owned and operated before his death from cancer last month.

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The General Assembly's fiscal office is predicting Connecticut could lose $68.3 million in revenue once MGM Resorts International's planned casino opens in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2018.

A commuter train has derailed east of New York City after it hit a work train on the tracks.

Vermont State Police say five people have been killed after a wrong-way driver caused several crashes on Interstate 89 in Williston.

Two people have pleaded guilty for their involvement in a violent counseling session at their secretive New York church that left one young man dead and another severely injured.

Traci Irwin and her son Daniel Irwin pleaded guilty Friday in Oneida County Court to two counts of unlawful imprisonment and are expected to receive two-year prison terms.

They're among nine people charged following the beating death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard at Word of Life Christian Church last October. Leonard's 17-year-old brother, Christopher, survived the beating.

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A Connecticut school district is banning clown costumes and any "symbols of terror" during the Halloween season as authorities investigate the authenticity of a number of clown-related social media posts.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a $12 million jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America in the case of a boy who alleged he was sexually assaulted by an older scout in his troop in the mid-1970s.

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Connecticut wants its hospitals, universities and licensed marijuana producers to study the drug's medicinal qualities.

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety is reminding fall hikers to be prepared for wintry conditions at higher elevations.

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