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April 24th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -On Tuesday, Western Mass News was launched, featuring a new brand of news for the area, including more reporters, stories that matter to you and your family, and weather and traffic together so you can plan your...

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Shedding the Dyes

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April 20th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: Mike Mozart / MGN Online) NEW YORK (AP) — This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. In January, Kraft says its macaroni...

Email: Affleck Asked PBS to Not Reveal Slave-Owning Ancestor

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April 20th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: Angela George / MGN Online) BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site...

Man Charged in Fight Over Whether Jordan or LeBron is better

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April 20th, 2015
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges. The Centre Daily Times reports that...

Zoning Dispute Causes Debate Over Definition of Family

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April 20th, 2015
HARTFORD (WGGB) - A zoning dispute in Hartford has sparked a debate over the definition of what constitutes a family. A group consisting of eight adults and three children purchased a nine bedroom mansion in one of the city's wealthiest...

Tim Tebow Expected to Sign with Eagles

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April 19th, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the...

Heading to the Boston Marathon? Here’s What Not to Bring

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April 19th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.) BOSTON (WGGB) - We are just one day away from Marathon Monday in Boston, which means crews are kicking preparations into high gear. Thousands of runners are planning to participate in the...

Ringo Starr, Green Day, Bill Withers Enter Rock Hall

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April 19th, 2015
(Tony Dejak/AP Photo) By TOM WITHERS Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is welcoming its newest class, featuring a Beatle, three punks from California and a guitar god from Texas. Ringo Starr, who found...

Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone from Columbia Medical Faculty

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April 17th, 2015
(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his...

ESPN Suspends Reporter After Insult-Laced Video Surfaces

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April 17th, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. (WGGB/AP) — ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday that McHenry has been...

Tim McGraw Defends Decision to Headline Sandy Hook Concert

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April 17th, 2015
(Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Tim McGraw is defending his decision to headline a Connecticut concert to benefit a Sandy Hook group, responding to critics who call it a "gun control fundraiser." Gun rights...

Patriots to be Honored at White House after Super Bowl Win

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April 17th, 2015
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House next week. The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. It was New England's fourth NFL...

Second Trailer for Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Film Released

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April 16th, 2015
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter.com/starwars) ANAHEIM, Calif. (WGGB/AP) — The stars of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have surprised a packed audience to kick off the four-day Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center. Oscar Isaac,...

Houston Hospital says Woman Has Given Birth to 5 Girls

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April 15th, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston hospital says a woman has delivered five girls in what it believes is the first set of all-female quintuplets born in the U.S. The Woman's Hospital of Texas say Danielle Busby had her babies by cesarean section April 8....

Police: Mother, Teen Son, Ran North Adams Heroin Ring

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April 15th, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) -- A North Adams woman and her high school student son are facing charges for allegedly running a heroin distribution ring from their apartment. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Glendaliz Rios was held on $35,000 after...