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A geologist in Vermont is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try to understand how the potentially cancer causing chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

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A former Burlington police officer accused of causing a fatal car wreck last year while off-duty has pleaded guilty to gross negligent driving with death resulting and gross negligent operation with serious injury resulting.

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A federal appeals court in Boston has heard arguments in a challenge to a New Hampshire law that bans voters from posting photos of their completed election ballots.

First, a confession: I've never liked gefilte fish. The slimy, grey balls of fish from a jar have always struck me as icky.

Turns out, I am not alone.

"I had the same experience as you. I never ate gefilte fish," says Liz Alpern. "It was disgusting to me. I literally think I never ate it, until I started making it."

That's a remarkable statement coming from someone in the gefilte fish business. Alpern is half of the team behind the Gefilteria, which makes artisanal gefilte fish. Yes, that is a thing. Alpern gave me a demonstration at a catering kitchen in Brooklyn.

Since Angel Olsen's first album in 2010, she's carved out a smoky, country-flavored corner of the indie rock world for herself. Her distinctive voice delivers taut meditations on love and loneliness, sometimes with a shout and other times with more of a whisper. Her music earned her critical acclaim, but also a reputation as a tortured soul — one she wasn't really looking for.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be in the nation's capital Wednesday to seek an "all-payer waiver" from the federal government.

Just after dawn, on a rutted out dirt road west of Las Vegas, Nev., Bureau of Land Management Ranger Shane Nalen steers his four by four over a small hill.

"You never know what you're going to roll up on out here," he says, his dispatch radio squawking in the background.

A panoramic view of the rugged Nevada desert unfolds. But there's also something peculiar. The desert carpet is lit up with reflecting lights shimmering in the soft morning sun.

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A massive painting showing 350 years of Vermont history has been donated to the Vermont Historical Society, where it will be preserved and protected.

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A New Hampshire family has claimed a $487 million Powerball jackpot weeks after the winning ticket was announced.

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Every so often, you run across a collection that opens up an entirely new way to think about an artist. Jack White's new, 26-track retrospective, which focuses on his unplugged, less raucous songs, does just that. The unreleased songs, album tracks and B-sides that make up Jack White Acoustic Recordings, 1998-2016 offer a fresh window onto the work of the creative, prolific rock musician.

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Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce

A Vermont town had hoped to bring home Kevin Bacon for its third annual Baconfest, but the actor said Monday he can't make it.

A group of inmates in Texas is suing the state prison system, the nation's largest, arguing that extreme heat is killing older and infirm convicts. The inmates allege it constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" and they're asking the courts for relief.

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Between his bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, as well as his more recent solo work, Jack White has won 12 Grammy awards and sold millions of albums.

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Developers are seeking a permit from Vermont regulators to build a wind-power project of up to seven turbines on a ridge in Swanton capable of producing electricity for about 7,300 households.

The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a man serving a life sentence in the kidnapping and killing of a St. Johnsbury Academy teacher in 2012.

With the grim milestone of 500 homicides already passed this year in Chicago, police are grappling with a toxic mix of illegal firearms and gang culture.

And social media is added to that mix with gang-affiliated Facebook pages, Twitter handles and YouTube channels. Images of a kid getting beat down or worse are easy to find online.

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