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BOSTON — Environmental groups are trashing the state’s latest plan to reduce solid waste, saying it won’t go far enough to reduce the amount of materials going into landfills.

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BOSTON — The state’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5.2% in September, even as employers added 11,900 more jobs to a pandemic-ravaged labor market.

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PHOENIX — An attorney for members of the San Carlos Apache tribe on Friday asked the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to back their efforts to halt the transfer of central Arizona land that they consider sacred to a copper mining company.

METHUEN — When voters step into the voting booth on Tuesday, Nov. 2, they will be doing more than just casting ballots for mayor, City Council and School Committee members. Residents are also being asked to decide if — five years after voting down the legalization of marijuana in Methuen in …

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LOS ANGELES — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” has died. He was 66.

Salem residents could soon have a new way to get around the Witch City. Last week, the Salem City Council had its first look at a proposed home-rule petition to allow electric bikes, or e-bikes, on local roads.

METHUEN — Voters will soon cast ballots for mayor, City Council, and other municipal offices at their regular polling places on Nov. 2, but before long, polling places will change as the result of Methuen’s new political map.

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House Democrats and Republicans came together on Thursday to approve a plan that would recast the boundaries for all 160 House districts, strengthening opportunities in places like Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton and Chelsea for candidates of color to win seats over the next decade.

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The head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told the state GOP chairman that there’s not enough evidence to pursue unsubstantiated claims of ballot harvesting in the 2020 elections based on cellphone signals collected by a conservative organization.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The video shows more than 30 men lined up in front of a crumbling structure in silence. Their heads are bowed as a man walks between them and swigs from a small bottle. Someone exclaims, “There will be trouble in Port-au-Prince!”

IPSWICH — The Ipswich man behind the failed Boston Grand Prix racing event five years ago is facing at least two years in prison, after pleading guilty Thursday to numerous fraud, identity theft and money laundering charges — including some related to the CARES Act. 

HAVERHILL/LAWRENCE — Northern Essex Community College has created a new scholarship in memory of Mary DiGiovanni, a nurse who founded the Human Service Program at NECC and served as its coordinator for three decades, until her retirement in 2001.

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It was supposed to be a simple introduction at a VIP party in 2005 before the Salem State University Speaker Series.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found in a Florida nature preserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple was on a cross-country road trip.

Northern Essex Community College announced it will significantly increase the number of courses with an on-campus component for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 19.

GROVELAND — The search for Groveland’s first town administrator concluded Wednesday night when the Select Board chose current director of economic development, Rebecca Oldham, to lead the town into a new era.

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BOSTON — New jobless claims in Massachusetts dropped last week as the state’s pandemic-battered labor market continued to rebound.

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NEW YORK — New York City will require its entire municipal workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, an ultimatum that ensures a fight with some unions representing employees, including police officers and firefighters, who…

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously Tuesday to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.

DERRY — Republicans in Derry spoke loud and clear on Tuesday, giving a big vote of support to one local GOP candidate hoping to serve in Concord.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber announced that its president and CEO, Irene Haley, recently tendered her resignation and will be transitioning out of her position over the next several months.

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LOS ANGELES — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle’s special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up.

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Overnight 10 new pumpkins “grew” in the Sanborn Elementary pumpkin patch after a parent posted a photo of Bancroft “winning” with the number of Andover Coalition for Education pumpkins placed with their scarecrow.

LAWRENCE — A large fight broke out just down the street from Lawrence High School Wednesday, the latest in a string of incidents triggering arrests, injuries and meetings among officials.

BRENTWOOD — Tiffiney Noelle Danforth, turning 40 Friday, plans to take a plea deal after being charged with her fourth DUI and other felony offenses, including head-butting a state police trooper, according to paperwork filed in Rockingham Superior Court.

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BROOKSHIRE, Texas (AP) — A plane taking passengers from Texas to the AL Championship Series game in Boston burst into flames after it ran off a runway during takeoff Tuesday morning, but no one was seriously hurt, authorities said.

LAWRENCE — A settlement for another sexual abuse victim of the late Father John J. Gallagher, who was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Lawrence in the 1970s, was recently reached, said attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

HAVERHILL — A jury has been charged with deciding if Carlos Rivera is guilty of shooting Jeffrey Larkin of Haverhill to death on the night of May 6, 2018, on Grand Avenue, just north of downtown.

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WASHINGTON — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust.

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LOS ANGELES — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” has died. He was 66.