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by JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President… Read more

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(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul… Read more

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By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts is awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The Massachusetts House and Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the legislation that would let police… Read more

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DALTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Damage in the Berkshire County town of Dalton appears to have been caused by a weak tornado and a microburst. Representatives from the National Weather Service office in Albany spent much of the day Tuesday in… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Second graders from Springfield Public Schools soak in, not the sunshine, but the science. It’s all part of the Hasbro Summer Learning initiative. Brian King, the program’s director, says, “It’s a program… Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says the body of a teen stowaway was found and removed from a compartment above the rear landing gear of a U.S. Air Force C-130J cargo aircraft after it landed at a military base in Germany. Navy Rear… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the Statehouse. On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million for repairs to the… Read more

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By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day says she forgives him. Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, of Ridgefield, says… Read more

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(AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office) by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl… Read more

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REGION (WGGB) — Eight firefighters from western Massachusetts are among nearly a dozen that are heading out to help fight fires in the nation’s northwest. The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation says that 20 wildland… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Get ready for a beautiful afternoon! We don’t have to worry about any showers or storms today! A cold front swept through yesterday taking the storms and humidity away. It will be mostly sunny and dry this afternoon,… Read more

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By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans’ long waits for health… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield Police are investigating the daytime robbery of a city food cart. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 1:10 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a food cart near the corner of Belmont… Read more

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(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) DETROIT (AP) — Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire. The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model… Read more