Aug 18, 2014 — WEST LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) A 34-year-old drag-race driver has been airlifted to a hospital after his car's engine exploded in the pit area of a drag strip near the Massachusetts border. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice cubes dumped on their heads to raise money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
The two did so Thursday morning on the Statehouse steps, where they were doused by Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon and a team of dousers working from a crane above. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's second-largest public-sector union has endorsed Zephyr Teachout's long-shot bid to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Public Employees Federation represents 54,000 state workers who mainly work in white-collar positions. Union President Susan Kent said Thursday that her group took what she called a "bold step" by backing Cuomo's liberal primary challenger Teachout and her running mate in next month's Democratic primary. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general says new owners of the website Ask.fm have agreed to provide more oversight of complaints in an attempt to curb harassment and bullying.
The question-and-answer website popular among teens has been acquired by the owners of Ask.com. Doug Leeds, Ask.com's chief executive, says the focus is ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for users. Go to full article
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: Nolan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Aug 15, 2014 — LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks has turned up thousands of artifacts.
Archaeologist David Starbuck says most of the items found buried at the Lake George Battlefield Park are butchered animal bones, mainly from the cattle that were the main food source for soldiers manning the wilderness outpost in the 18th century. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Congressman Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about offers from financial companies that promise student loan "relief."
They say state and federal authorities are raising concerns over companies that promise to help student-loan borrowers ease their financial burden but charge hefty fees for unnecessary services. Go to full article