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Boston shortens St. Patrick’s Day parade route

BOSTON – A decision by Boston’s mayor and police commissioner to shorten the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade route is not sitting well with organizers. Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday the decision made after consulting with Police Commissioner William ...

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Ground personnel carry International Space Station  crew member Scott Kelly after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Wednesday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Associated Press)

Two spacemen back home after year aloft: ‘We did it!’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in barren Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a science-rich mission at the International Space Station that began last March and was deemed a steppingstone to Mars.

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Ex-Phoenix VA hospital exec Helman pleads guilty in gift disclosure case

PHOENIX – The former director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System – which had management problems that drew national outrage – has pleaded guilty to making false financial disclosures to the federal government about yearly gifts, prosecutors said Tuesday. Sharon Helman was accused of failing to list more than $50,000 in gifts she received from a lobbyist in 2012-14, according to authorities.

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Anti-abortion rights supporter Katherine Aguilar holds a crucifix and prays while opponents and supporters of abortion rights gather in the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas, on July 12, 2013. (Tamir Kalifa / Associated Press)

Supreme Court to decide key abortion law

In a vast region of Texas that is “larger than California,” the Supreme Court was recently told, no doctors or health clinics would be licensed to perform abortions if the state is allowed to enforce stringent new medical regulations.

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Little snow forces Iditarod to ship it in for opening event

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A lack of snow in Alaska’s largest city is forcing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to ship tons of it by train for the event’s ceremonial start. The mild winter in Anchorage also could mean a shorter version of the 11-mile route for the fan-friendly event Saturday, when temperatures are expected to climb above freezing.

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Sex a bigger problem for Zika virus than first believed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that they’re investigating 12 cases where the women’s only known exposure to the Zika virus was through sex with a male partner who had traveled to areas where Zika was active. Now other researchers are assessing that information and reaching alarming conclusions about how Zika is spread.

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Super Tuesday Democratic results

RESULTS AS OF 9:26 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016:Alabama Primary2,314 of 2,314 precincts – 100 percent Hillary Clinton, 309,928 – 78 percent DECLARED WINNER Bernie Sanders, 76,399 – 19 percent Arkansas Primary2,421 of 2,509 precincts – 96 percent Hillary Clinton, ...

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Donald Trump claims 7 GOP victories, extending dominance

MIAMI – Donald Trump won the Georgia primary, claiming the first Republican victory on Super Tuesday as the New York businessman looks to extend his dominance in 2016 primary. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were fighting to emerge as the leading Trump alternative. Contests in Virginia and Vermont were too close to call as the first polls closed, while voting continued across eight other states.

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Wild Card/Monday — 6.27.16

I rode my bike to work today, the second time this year that I've done so. I've been a slacker this year when it comes to bike riding. Last year, ...

Your critique of real estate euphemisms

When you are out walking or riding your bike in your neighborhood, do you sometimes grab fliers from those home-for-sale boxes in front yards? They sometimes make for interesting reading. ...

Moose at home in Wallace neighborhoods

WILDLIFE -- Always have your camera ready when driving through Wallace, Idaho. This young bull moose was looking for a parking spot in a neighborhood at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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