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Putin Wants U.S. And Russia To Improve Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message that he hopes the countries can improve relations.

In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, Putin said ‘‘regardless of difficulties and disagreements’’ he hoped that Russia and the U

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Pope Francis Okays Use of Exorcists

Pope Francis is formally approving the use of exorcism by the Catholic church.  The Vatican's newspaper reported that recognition has been given to the International Association of Exorcists.

Father Francesco Bamonte told "L'Osservatore Romano"  the Holy See's decision to recognize them is a joy

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New Bedford Fireworks Moved To Saturday

The threat of heavy rain from Hurricane Arthur has prompted New Bedford officials to move its Fourth of July Fireworks display over the harbor from Friday to Saturday night.  The show was scheduled to be held Friday night starting at 9pm

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Dow Climbs Over 17,000 For First Time In History

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is above the 17-thousand mark at the end of trading on Wall Street for the first time in history.

The Dow hit the milestone right after the opening bell today following the release of a strong June jobs report

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Hernandez’ Attorneys Claim Hodgson Violated Their Client’s Rights

Bristol County prosecutors say they do not oppose a request from former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move him to a jail closer to his Boston attorneys.

However, in their written transfer request, Hernandez's lawyers accused the administrator of the Bristol County House of Correction, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of violating Hernandez's privacy and due process rights

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World Cup Play Resumes On Friday

The World Cup is down to its final eight teams. All of them are dreaming about being champions.

Here's how the bracket breaks down. Host country Brazil faces Columbia, with the winner playing either France or Germany in the semifinals

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Fall River Diocese Welcomes New Bishop

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts has a new bishop.

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed The Rev. Edgar Moreira da Cunha, currently an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, as the eighth bishop of Fall River

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Boston Pops Show And Fireworks Moved Up

The Boston Pops annual July 4th concert and fireworks show attended by thousands is being moved up a day because of potential heavy rains ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur.

Organizers and public safety officials said Wednesday afternoon the celebration is being rescheduled to what appears to be the best of two potential bad weather days

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Homeland Security Grant Will Help Fire Departments

Three local fire departments are sharing a $387,000 Homeland Security grant. Fire departments in Fairhaven, Onset, and Chatham will use the money to purchase new equipment. The grant was announced Wednesday by Mass

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Vatican Upholds Bishop’s Decision To Close St. John The Baptist

It appears the fight by a group of parishoners to keep open the historic St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford is nearing an end.

According to the Anchor, the newspaper of the Fall River Diocese, the Catholic Church's highest judicial body has upheld Bishop George Coleman's decision to close St

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