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Friday July 25, 2014
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Mass. Agencies to Address Problem Gambling

July 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Three-quarters the annual spending of a public health fund aimed at gambling addiction will go to initiatives backed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health under an agreement signed Thursday by state gambling...

2 Dead, Dozens Hurt After Storm at Va. Campground

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July 24th, 2014
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — A fierce storm packing powerful winds, softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at a campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials...

New Mass. Law Bars Shark Finning

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July 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts. Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in...

Lightning Strike Sparks Fire that Destroys Million-Dollar Northampton Home

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July 24th, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- Investigators announced Thursday afternoon that a lightning strike was the cause of a fire that leveled a massive home on North Farms Road in Northampton. Crews responded to a massive blaze that destroyed a 6,500...

Springfield Program Offers Learning and Work Experience

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July 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- When school lets out, student often let their brains shift into vacation mode -- but not at Springfield's Summer Work and Learning Program. "There's an academic piece in the morning and then there's a work piece in...

Ukrainian Prime Minister Announces Resignation

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July 24th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties...

Storrowton Village Seeking Volunteers For 2014 Big E

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July 24th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Looking to volunteer this summer? Look no more as Storrowton Village museum is looking for energetic individuals ages 14 and up who would not only act as a host but also conduct guided tours of the village’s...

North Adams Man Gets Up to 5 Years for Stabbing

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July 24th, 2014
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A North Adams man who stabbed a friend nine times with a steak knife because he thought he had stolen $600 from him has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Mario Babbs was...

Vandals Topple Headstones at Auburn Cemetery

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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...