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WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers. Spread across every U.S....
Change is coming to “Thomas & Friends,” the 30-year-old TV show based on a series of books from 1945. Here’s a look at what’s different: — Two new female engines will be added to the series next fall, Nia and Rebecca. They will be part of the Steam Team, the seven main characters that live...
WASHINGTON (AP) — For art aficionados, President Donald Trump’s tax plan paints a pretty picture. The president’s tax overhaul proposal — which he has pitched as a boost for hardworking farmers and truckers — would repeal the federal estate tax paid by people who inherit multimillion-dollar...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — It wasn’t enough to send warm wishes to refugees in Syria. Vick Liu wanted to send them actual warmth. The sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating a new line of sleeping bags designed for refugees who have few other options to keep warm during...
Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over who is responsible for fixing the problem, regulatory filings show. Northern Natural Gas Co.,...
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest...
BOSTON (AP) — The Republican field of challengers to Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is firming up. On Saturday Beth Lindstrom, a Groton resident and one-time aide to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, formally announced her candidacy. Lindstrom said she will work with President...
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a former Massachusetts high school career counselor has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said 33-year-old Jenna Tarabelsi was convicted Friday of two counts of rape of a child. Tarabelsi is...
BOSTON (AP) — Robots are taking over Boston’s City Hall Plaza — and no, that’s not a political statement. More than two dozen robots will be displayed in action for the public at an event that’s being billed as a “robot block party.” Sunday morning’s free gathering springs from a partnership...

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