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(photo AP/Gregory Bull) BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at age 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor… Read more

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By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says managing the flooding risk along the North Atlantic coast from events like Superstorm Sandy has to be done in tandem among all levels of government and the… Read more

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(ABC) — The Super Bowl is just days away and companies are paying $4 million for a 30-second commercial this year, but one ad you won’t be seeing is the latest from GoDaddy, usually a standout at the big game. This year, they’re facing… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that juror lists in criminal cases must be made public at the conclusion of trials, unless there is a substantial risk in doing so. The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision Tuesday… Read more

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(AP Photo/Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller) BRIAN WITTE Associated Press MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Investigators say an electrical fire spread to a Christmas tree, prompting a massive blaze that reduced a riverfront mansion near Maryland’s… Read more

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This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from… Read more

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one. The Tampa Bay Times reports that when 1 ½-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was… Read more

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By HOWARD FENDRICH and EDDIE PELLS, AP Sports Writers PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he wrestled with whether to institute a travel ban during this week’s blizzard, but says it ultimately “worked pretty much as we hoped” it would. The governor said Wednesday he and members… Read more

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor models in North America from… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to visit some of the areas hit hardest by the two-day blizzard that left up to three feet of snow in some communities. After stopping by the state Transportation Department… Read more

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Photo MGN DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The largest recall covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs worldwide from 2008 to… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Call it Boston’s latest Big Dig. Residents of eastern Massachusetts are waking up Wednesday to cars buried in several feet of snow, and finding that many secondary roads remains covered. But life is slowly returning to normal… Read more

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(Courtesy: Plainfield Police) PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Plainfield man has been arrested after police say he was pulling kids on a sled behind his speeding pickup truck. Michael W. Chauvin faces charges of risk of injury to a minor,… Read more

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(AP Photo/Rocky Steeves) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that’s pounding the state. USS Providence owner and captain Thorpe Leeson said Tuesday that the ship was… Read more