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10:51 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Gays

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders.

BSA said Wednesday the organization will take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May.

The organization said last week it was considering a shift of its policy, which has led officials to remove gay leaders and scouts. That announcement pushed years of debate over the policy to an even higher level.

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WAMC News
8:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

United States Postal Service delivery truck in San Francisco residential area.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.

In an announcement scheduled for later today, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

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New York News
7:12 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Update: I-84's westbound lanes in NY reopen after crash

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 in the Hudson Valley are open again after being shut down for about four hours by a crash.

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New England News
9:20 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lawyer for Berkshire suspect wants trial moved

Members of the Hells Angels California Chapter.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The lawyer for one of three men charged with a Berkshire County triple slaying has asked a judge to move his client's trial out of the county because "incessant" and "inflammatory" media coverage has "impaired" the ability to get a fair trial.

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Capital Region News
8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Sage Colleges to name center after Newtown principal

Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges, congratulates bestselling author Anna Quindlen as she receives an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at The Sage Colleges' 95th Commencement, Saturday, May 12, 2012.
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TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Capital District college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college's educational leadership program.

Hochsprung, five other educators and 20 children were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and state Republican Party chair Kerry Healey.
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BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.

Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.

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New England News
8:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Conn. legislative gun panel gets final briefing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee reviewing Connecticut gun laws is receiving some final expert testimony before the lawmakers begin devising recommendations for possible changes to the laws in light of the Newtown school shooting.

The gun violence prevention subcommittee faces a Feb. 15 deadline to forward its ideas to legislative leaders, who hope the full General Assembly can vote on a package of reforms at month's end.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Brown Won't Run in Special Election

Scott Brown

BOSTON (AP) — Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won't be running in a Massachusetts special election to fill Democrat John Kerry's seat.

A person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it says Brown will not run.

Brown was defeated in November by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Kerry, who is leaving the Senate to become Secretary of State.

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New York News
10:59 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ex-NY state senator admits stealing from nonprofit

Former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she embezzled nearly $88,000 from a taxpayer-subsidized program that helps low-income families navigate the city's public school system.

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New York News
8:12 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

NY Thruway to lay off 234 workers, cite hard times

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Thruway Authority is planning 234 layoffs to help shore up its finances, but no toll increases are planned.

Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller says the layoffs of full-time workers will be in all regions, including the Albany headquarters. The authority employs 29,068 workers.

Weiller says no toll increases of any type are planned.

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