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A western New York bar owner who says his restaurant was the one identified by authorities as the target of a would-be terrorist says the man arrested in the plot is "an aggressive panhandler."

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A $19 million line item in the new federal budget that's dedicated to much-needed improvements and modernization along the Northeast Rail Corridor is being seen as potentially leading to more federal funding.

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers are expected to see a boost in pay on Jan. 1 when the state's hourly minimum wage increases from $9 to $10 per hour.

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New Year's Day hikes are planned at 38 state parks and historic sites across New York on Friday.

Police have confirmed the identity of a person killed in a house fire in Westfield.

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All New York prison guards and other staff who have direct contact with state inmates are required to get eight hours of training annually in recognizing symptoms of poor mental health including indicators of suicide under a new state law.

Transportation officials say New York state plans to spend $1 million to renovate an interstate highway rest area along a gateway to the Adirondacks.

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New rules on the use of physical restraint in public schools will soon take effect in Massachusetts.

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New York corrections officials have established a procedure for identifying and managing problem workers in the state prison system with 53,000 inmates.

A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer is set to be sentenced on drug and gun charges.

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A state panel is moving closer toward recommending how Connecticut can better help children exposed to domestic violence, including those involving a homicide

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials need a new plan to assess how would-be extremists use social media.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is launching a $30 million residential solar loan program to help continue the expansion of the renewable power source in Massachusetts.

A service is being held this weekend for an upstate New York native who is presumed to have died while skiing in Alaska.

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Top New York officials are asking the federal government to help the state to block people on the terror watch list from legal gun purchases.

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is continuing to take public comment on draft farm rules that are part of the state's clean water law.

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Authorities say a man armed with two handguns and a machete has been shot and killed by police inside a northeastern Pennsylvania Wal-Mart store.

Cities and towns around New York state will receive $4.5 million in federal funding to enhance anti-terrorism efforts and emergency preparedness.

State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

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Ohio lawmakers have passed a resolution that repudiates Connecticut's claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight.

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The case against a father of two teens beaten inside an upstate New York church is on temporarily hold until he has a new attorney.

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The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a $350 million plan to close a budget shortfall in the current $20 billion state budget.

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Researchers at the Yale Cancer Center have developed a new vaccination strategy that they say greatly reduces the risk of potentially life-threatening flu infections in cancer patients that are the most vulnerable.

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New York lawmakers and advocates are calling upon Congress to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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New York National Guard members will lay a wreath on President Martin Van Buren's Hudson Valley grave on his birthdate.

The Sullivan County district attorney says a grand jury has declined to indict guards at a maximum-security prison in upstate New York where an inmate died in an April confrontation.

Nine Northeastern states are sharing $115 million from the latest auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which limits power plant carbon emissions while supporting renewable energy.

A train filled with holiday toys is making its annual two-day run to deliver gifts to children across New York.

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Pittsfield police allege a city man stole a safe containing nearly $2 million worth of stocks and bonds from a local home with the help of the homeowners' son.

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University of Connecticut officials plan to raise tuition by more than $3,000 for in-state students and $4,000 for out of state students over the next four years.

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