Trump Did 'Nothing Wrong,' His Legal Team Says In First Day Of Impeachment Defense

Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET President Trump "did absolutely nothing wrong," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Saturday, as lawyers representing the president got their first shot to poke holes in the impeachment case made this week by Democrats. Saturday's proceedings, which lasted a little more than two hours, set up the White House arguments in the impeachment trial . The proceedings resume Monday at 1 p.m. The president's team told senators that the House managers selectively withheld...

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Mass. Allocates The Last Of Natural Resource Damages Funds For Housatonic River

Massachusetts has allocated the last of a pot of money designated to compensate for the damage to the environment caused by General Electric's Pittsfield plant.

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The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership

MGM Springfield's Mike Mathis is out. He's been in the mix from just about the beginning, but after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since opening in August 2018, MGM this week said it's sending him back to Las Vegas.

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Carbon Pricing A Cornerstone Of Massachusetts Senate Climate Package

Jan 24, 2020
Morning traffic on the Mass Pike.
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The Massachusetts Senate plans to take up a far-reaching package of climate bills next week whose major components include an electric MBTA bus fleet by 2040, carbon-pricing mechanisms for transportation, homes and commercial buildings, and a series of five-year greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements that ramp up to net-zero emissions in 2050.

Rep: Massachusetts House Ready To Move On $18B Transportation Bond

Jan 24, 2020
Massachusetts Rep. William Straus (right) and Massachusetts Sen. Joseph Boncore (left).
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The Massachusetts House Democrat who co-chairs the state's Transportation Committee said Thursday he's ready to move on Governor Charlie Baker's $18 billion borrowing bill to finance infrastructure improvements over the next five years — one of the major pillars of the governor's agenda for 2020.

Tents in the woods off of I-293 in Manchester, New Hampshire
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In Massachusetts, a recent federal report found homelessness dropped 8% in 2018. The decline was even more severe in Connecticut, at 24%.

Screenings At Logan, But DPH Says Coronavirus Risk In Massachusetts 'Currently Low'

Jan 23, 2020
Boston Logan International Airport.
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Updated 1:22 p.m.

Passengers aboard a flight arriving from China were screened at Boston’s airport Wednesday night as health officials around the world work to contain an outbreak of a new strain of a disease that’s sickened hundreds and killed more than a dozen people in China.

With the New Hampshire presidential primary less than three weeks away, a new WBUR poll suggests Bernie Sanders might be peaking at just the right time. The survey of more than 426 likely Democratic primary voters finds Sanders in the lead, running well ahead of his three closest competitors: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.

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Vermonters Want To Keep Food Waste Out Of Landfills. They Just Don't Want To Pay For it

Many Vermonters support a pending ban on food waste from landfills. But a new University of Vermont study found few people want to pay for curbside pick-up of their food scraps.

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Mental Health

Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our Workplace Culture May Not Be Helping

More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship, according to a new survey released Thursday. Workplace culture and conditions may contribute to Americans' loneliness. And loneliness may be on the rise. The report, led by the health insurer Cigna, found a nearly 13% rise in loneliness since 2018, when the survey was first conducted. (Cigna is a provider of health insurance for NPR...

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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS Anchor, Dies At 85

Jim Lehrer, the veteran journalist and writer known for his steady, low-key presence in the often noisy world of TV news, died Thursday. He co-founded PBS' NewsHour and won numerous honors — including Peabody and Emmy awards and a National Humanities Medal — in a career that spanned some 50 years. Lehrer, who was 85, died at his home in Washington. His death was announced by PBS , where for years, Lehrer and his lifelong friend Robert MacNeil co-anchored The MacNeil/Lehrer Report , which...

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While studying reactions to Hiroshima, psychologist Robert Jay Lifton developed the concept of psychia numbing, a strategy for coping with disaster.
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The American Epidemic Of Psychic Numbing: Necessary Or Not?

The first Great War story of the Western canon, Homer’s "The Iliad," begins with immortal lines about Achilles’s rage in the face of betrayal.

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Conn. Energy Head Taking 'A Serious Look' At Exiting Regional Power Market

The state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection said Wednesday that Connecticut is being forced to invest in natural gas plants it doesn’t want or need.

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