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This Afternoon: A mix of sun and clouds, cooler and much less humid, nice and pleasant. Highs: 78-83. Dew Points falling into the 50's. Winds: N/NW 5-15 mph. Tonight: Clear and cool! Lows; 48-54. Winds: Light. (Record Low: 49 set ...
Thursday July 24, 2014
79°
Broken Clouds
Feels like 80°
Humidity: 47%
Dew Point: 57
Wind: NNE at 10 mph
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Vandals Topple Headstones at Auburn Cemetery

July 24th, 2014
AUBURN, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Auburn are investigating after vandals toppled 19 headstones at a central Massachusetts Jewish cemetery. Chief Andrew Sluckis estimated the cost of the damage at the Worcester Hebrew Cemetery discovered earlier...

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.13 Percent

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July 24th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, unchanged...

Officials: Lottery Set Record in Last 12 Months

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July 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Officials say Massachusetts State Lottery tickets were sold at yet another record-setting pace over the last 12 months. State Treasurer Steven Grossman, whose office oversees the lottery, said the estimated $971 million in...

MONDAY ON ABC40 – 40 Force: Fertility Treatment

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July 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Infertility impacts millions of couples. You or someone you know could be among them. Monday, the 40 Force is taking the extra step to help with solutions. From basic procedures to details about in-vitro...

U.S. Pushes for Truce as Gaza Battle Rages

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July 24th, 2014
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in...

Glitch Causes Delays in Passport Operations Worldwide

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July 24th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel documents in the...

FAA Lifts Ban on US Flights to Tel Aviv Airport

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July 24th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late Wednesday after working...

Storm Week: When Seconds Count

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July 23rd, 2014
(WGGB) -- Do you have a plan if you're not at home during a weather event? If you're at work, running, errands, or in this case, at Southwick's Senior Center. That's where many gather to play cards on a summer night. However, on the...

Officials Discuss the Fate of Holyoke’s Historic Essex House

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July 23rd, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – A piece of Holyoke’s past being demolished was up for debate at the Holyoke City Council Finance Meeting Wednesday night. Mayor Alex Morse is requesting the money to demolish the Essex House, a former hotel that has...

New Jersey Teen Who Sued Her Parents for Child Support Back in Court

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July 23rd, 2014
Courtesy MGNOnline (FOX NEWS/AP) – A New Jersey teen who sued her parents for child support after moving out of their home was back in court Wednesday for a separate issue: Rachael Canning has ordered a temporary restraining order against her...

Over 1,000 Lost Power, Along with Damages After Storms Move In

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July 23rd, 2014
Photo courtesy of ABC 40 viewer Kristy Taylor EASTHAMPTON/LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over 1,000 power outages were reported after severe weather rolled through western Mass Wednesday night. In Easthampton, power is out on Harrison Avenue....

Arizona Inmate Dies Two Hours After Execution Begins

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July 23rd, 2014
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona officials say a murderer who was sentenced to death has died nearly two hours after his execution started. Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal in federal court during the execution demanding that it be...

Boston Enlists Goats to Combat Poison Ivy

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July 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston is enlisting goats to combat poison ivy and other invasive plants in a city park. On Wednesday, four goats began their eight-week stay at an "urban wild" along the Neponset River in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. The...

Ohio Man Arrested for 1995 Murder Case in Tolland

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July 23rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Investigators have made an arrest in a Hampden County murder case that dates back to 1995. Hampden County District Attorney James Orenstein announced Wednesday that 70-year-old Robert Honsch of Dalton, Ohio was...

Volunteers Stop Invasive Plant from Taking Over Lake

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July 23rd, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- Volunteers take action to stop an invasive plant from taking over our lakes.  It's called the Water Chestnut and over 600 of the plants were removed from Fitzgerald Lake in Northampton over the weekend. It was a...