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Building Collapses In New York City, 12 Injured

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says preliminary evidence indicates that the blast and building collapse in the East Village is due to a gas-related explosion.

Firefighters are still trying to tackle a seven-alarm blaze triggered by the blast

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Mitchell Delivers Upbeat State Of The City Speech

Mayor Jon Mitchell delivered a generally upbeat State of the City speech Thursday, while addressing government and business leaders at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School.

The Mayor touted growth in the Port of New Bedford with a record number of cargo freighters visiting the port, and a decline in the school drop out rate

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Healey Urges Supreme Court To Uphold EPA Power Plant Rules

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal rule aimed at reducing mercury and other pollutants from coal and oil-fired electric power plants.

Healey said the standards adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency are needed to protect the public from exposure to mercury which can be particularly hazardous to children and women of child-bearing age

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Army Charges Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is being formally charged with desertion.

Bergdahl was released in a prisoner exchange last year after more than four years in captivity in Afghanistan..

Army Colonel Daniel King said Bergdahl is also being charged with "misbehavior before the enemy

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Gov. Baker Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration For Snowstorms

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration plans to seek about $400 million in federal disaster assistance for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on Massachusetts.

An administration official tells The Associated Press that the governor will be sending a letter to President Barack Obama by the end of this week asking for a disaster declaration for 10 Massachusetts counties

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Obama Orders Slowdown Of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

President Obama is slowing the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan. President Obama says the U.S. will keep nearly 10-thousand U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of this year.

In a White House news briefing with new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Obama said he remains committed to ending more than a decade of war in Afghanistan

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Organizers Push For Statewide Vote On Olympics

he group behind Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics says it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether to bring the games to the city.

Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish told a gathering of business leaders Tuesday that the privately funded organization will gather signatures to put a question on the November 2016 state ballot

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Absentee Ballots Available For Annual Town Election In Lakeville

Absentee ballots are now available for Lakeville's upcoming Annual Town Election.

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Cruz Is First Out Of Gate In GOP White House Race

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in. Cruz is the first Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race and several others are expected to follow suit in coming weeks.

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Would Mandatory Voting Change Anything?

The idea of mandatory, obligatory, compulsory voting, when people are required to vote or face hefty fines or other punishment, sounds crazy in our free society, but it's actually the law in some countries, and now, President Obama is speaking out in support of mandatory voting!

President Obama was asked about the negative effect on money on U

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