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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Compelling coverage of a natural gas disaster that affected thousands of people in Massachusetts, the waste of tax dollars by antiquated townships in Indiana, and the dismissal of an admired college coach for misconduct in a small Iowa town highlighted distinguished journalism in the annual Best of CNHI contest for work in 2018.

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Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.

The sex sting that authorities say snared Robert Kraft on surveillance video had its origin last summer on a tip to check out the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida, for possible illicit sexual activity, a police probable cause affidavit reports.

BEVERLY, Mass.  — Enormous amounts of addictive narcotics are stolen from U.S. hospitals every year and no federal agency is tracking the problem with a national data base, a special report by the Salem News in Massachusetts has disclosed.

ALBANY, N.Y.  -- New York Democrats stood firmly in support of the state's new, broader abortion law Wednesday in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism that it is an assault on the right to life.

ALBANY, N.Y.  -- New York Democrats stood firmly in support of the state's new, broader abortion law Wednesday despite President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism of it as an immoral assault on the right to life.

ISLAMBERG, N. Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increased state police patrols at this Muslim enclave in upstate New York that authorities say four young men from the Rochester area had targeted for an armed attack.

GREECE, N.Y. – An offhand remark by one student to another about a cell phone photo of an individual resembling the next school shooter led police in this Rochester suburb to uncover a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in a wooded area 200 miles away.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Early weather forecasts for the AFC Championship between the Patriots and Chiefs called for temperatures in the single-digits — a hard freeze conjuring comparisons to the 1967 “Ice Bowl” between Dallas and Green Bay.

President Trump evoked the Wounded Knee massacre in a recent tweet reacting to an Instagram video Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted on New Year’s Eve, the day after she announced she was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run.

UVALDE, Tex. – A Sam Houston University student couple died in a helicopter crash in the hill country of south Texas early Sunday within hours of their wedding, authorities reported. The pilot of the craft also died.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot swelled to a record $1.6 billion after the 25 drawings held since the end of July – including the latest Friday night – failed to yield a winner.

Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy.

Residents of homes affected by gas blasts expressed frustration Friday over the disaster and when they could return to their homes.

LAWRENCE, Mass. – The governor of Massachusetts Friday declared a state of emergency in three suburban Boston communities devastated by gas line explosions and fires that destroyed more than 70 homes and displaced 8,500 residents.

Safety crews combed block-by-block across three Boston suburban communities Friday in search of gas leaks that erupted into explosions a day earlier, killing one person, injuring 25 others and setting more than 70 homes ablaze.

The U. S. International Trade Commission Wednesday rejected import tariffs imposed on Canadian newsprint for the past several months, resulting in a major victory for the American newspaper industry.

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