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Upstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania
CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) -- Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania....

Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -- As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations....

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself
TYRONE, Mo. (AP) -- Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes....

Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter
BOSTON (AP) -- Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God....

Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students wore keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while another sat draped in the Israeli flag....

Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says
BOSTON (AP) -- Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago....

New Hampshire lake is Lower 48's only ice runway
ALTON, N.H. (AP) -- Winter on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes....

NYC ID program starts off with a bang
NEW YORK (AP) -- A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register....

Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights
DALLAS (AP) -- Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs....

Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat....

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