Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23
Jul17

Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Three others were in stable condition at a hospital with unspecified injuries. The rest of the passengers suffered burns, scrapes and...

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Puerto Ricans return to power grid, but fear for long term
Jul17

Puerto Ricans return to power grid, but fear for long term

ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a year ago. Lights are slowly coming on for the more than 950 homes and businesses across Puerto Rico...

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Deadly wildfire turns Yosemite National Park smoky
Jul17

Deadly wildfire turns Yosemite National Park smoky

MARIPOSA, Calif. — A deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park shrouded the popular destination in smoke and left some tourist-dependent businesses hurting Monday, but visitors still braved trails, campgrounds, lodges and restaurants in the California park, officials said. Amenities were open and visitors posted photos on social media as they hiked in smoky conditions, but the growing flames shut down a key route into the park at...

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Erving streetlight upgrade project installations begin
Jul16

Erving streetlight upgrade project installations begin

ERVING — As part of a townwide conversion project, 220 light emitting diode (LED) streetlights will be installed beginning this month through September. “Not only will the project reduce the town’s energy use, but it will also improve the color and quality of light throughout the town, in addition to providing annual energy cost savings,” Administrative Coordinator Bryan Smith said in a statement. Dagle Electrical Construction Corp....

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Rep. McGovern backs nuclar ban
Jul16

Rep. McGovern backs nuclar ban

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall, U.S. Rep. James McGovern became the first voting member of Congress to officially pledge his support for the abolition of nuclear weapons across the world. On Saturday afternoon, candidates running for the state Legislature joined the congressman in calling on the United States government to sign, ratify and implement the 2017 International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The...

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Rep. McGovern backs nuclear ban
Jul16

Rep. McGovern backs nuclear ban

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall, U.S. Rep. James McGovern became the first voting member of Congress to officially pledge his support for the abolition of nuclear weapons across the world. On Saturday afternoon, candidates running for the state Legislature joined the congressman in calling on the United States government to sign, ratify and implement the 2017 International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The...

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