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  • Stretch of Mississippi River in Ky. reopens after oil spill

    COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a 17-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through Kentucky has reopened with restrictions after it was closed following a collision between two tow boats…

  • Spain police bust drug plantation set up by inmate on leave

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities who raided what is thought to be the country’s largest outdoor marijuana planation didn’t have far to look for the prime suspect. He was in jail. The 47-year-old Spaniard arranged…

  • New England’s ports, long past prime, seek to stage comeback

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The noise and bustle of nearby neighborhoods fade away at New Haven’s sprawling port. An oil and chemical tanker floats placidly at a dock. A tug pushes a barge out…

  • Fishing in New Bedford: 3 centuries and still going strong

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — For three centuries, fishing has been a way of life in New Bedford — and it’s still going strong. In its heyday in the mid-1800s, the city was the undisputed…

  • Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days.…

  • New England port lore: Whaling, pizza and a perfect storm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — New England’s ports are reinventing themselves to compete with one another and from larger ones, but they were once legendary. From one of the world’s great whaling ports to the Navy’s…

  • Congress returns to a fall full of deadlines

    Congress returns from its August recess Tuesday with a hefty list of unfinished business. Lawmakers have just 10 legislative days in September to ensure that the government stays open. A look at Congress’ must-do list:…

  • Congress returns to weighty list of unfinished business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama. Lawmakers face a weighty list…

  • Japan lifts evacuation order for town near doomed nuke plant

    NARAHA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s government on Saturday lifted a 4 1/2-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town’s 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Thousands of migrants reach Austria after Hungary mobilizes bus fleet in emergency move BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of exhausted, surprised and relieved migrants reached Austria on Saturday, clambering off a fleet of Hungarian buses…

  • Black couple uses housing law to sue over slurs, threats

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a north Georgia city they say failed…

  • Clinton, Rubio court Puerto Rico voters as crisis looms

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s financial crisis loomed over dueling Friday campaign appearances by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio, two presidential contenders with sharply different positions on a key…

  • San Diego firm recalls cucumbers after salmonella outbreak

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California company is recalling its cucumbers after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a San Diego woman. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of…

  • Anger as Guatemala votes amid graft scandals

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The wave of political turmoil that toppled Guatemala’s president has overshadowed Sunday’s vote to elect a new leader — an election many fear could put a lid on the anti-corruption drive.…

  • Latvian man pleads guilty in worldwide computer virus case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Latvian computer code writer who helped create a virus that spread to more than a million computers worldwide and corrupted some at NASA may be returning home soon after pleading…