Schumer, White House Respond To Shutdown By Pointing Fingers

Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET The federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, and it appears it will be that way for some time. President Trump and members of Congress publicly say they want to reopen the federal government, but, in the first day of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue showed no signs of ending their stalemate. In a midafternoon press conference Saturday, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short reiterated the position...

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Baker Makes A Pitch, Women's March Turns One, No Amazon For You: The Short List

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids.

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Southbridge, Massachusetts, High School.
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The state of Massachusetts has appointed a new receiver to oversee the Southbridge schools. He'll be the latest in a string of leaders who have tried to improve the district.

While reporters and cameramen wait for big names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Danny Amendola to appear in the Patriots locker room, an undersized offensive lineman sits about 40 feet away and goes quietly about his business.

It’s practice player James Ferentz. And by way of introduction, he says, “I’ve been kicking around, trying to hang on, and chasing the dream.”

That dream is a spot on the active roster of an NFL team, a chance to play in packed stadiums on Sunday afternoons.

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After A Long Lull, Signs Of A Downtown Worcester Comeback

A development boom in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the state's second largest city -- may indicate a comeback.

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Scott Mullett, Jazz Man From Keene, New Hampshire, R.I.P.

When you look up names beginning M-U-L-L in jazz indexes, Gerry Mulligan (and sometimes Moon Mullins) is about all you get. But for Central and Western New Englanders, and lots of folks who knew him at Berklee in Boston, Scott Mullett was a name worthy of the reference books, a larger than life figure from the White Mountain State, as jovial as all get-out, and a monster saxophonist. Alas, Scott died on Wednesday, January 3, at his home near Keene, NH, and a great feeling of loss has settled...

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Today our colleague Robert Siegel is retiring after four decades at NPR. He's covered everything from peace movements in East and West Germany to the Republican revolution of the 104th Congress, the mentally ill homeless and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China. Over his 30-year tenure as host of All Things Considered , Robert has also chased one of his lifelong passions — classical music. He's interviewed dozens of today's most compelling musicians. "I'm intrigued by classical...

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More States Turning To Toll Roads To Raise Cash For Infrastructure

Attention Drivers: Many of those those freeways you're using may not be free for long. Several states are opening new toll roads this year and rates on many existing turnpikes and tollways are going up. And the number of toll roads is likely to increase, as the Trump administration's infrastructure plan may force many more states to use them to fund long-standing transportation needs "I think 2018 is going to be a very good year for tolling," says Pat Jones, executive director of the...

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In Boston's Changing Polish Triangle, Deli Seeks To Modernize -- And Keep Traditions

When people say politics is like making sausage, kielbasa maker Danny Morris just smiles. On this workday, the longtime employee runs 20 pounds of pork butt through a grinder and into a pig intestine  no preservative, and definitely no politics. We sell this for $5.99 a pound, Morris says as he guides the kielbasa out of the machine. I just went out and bought hot dogs wholesale that were like $6 a pound, and that’s not natural. But this here, you know what you’re gonna get. Housed in a plain...

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Paul Butterfield, who died 30 years ago, was born on December 17, 1942. Most of us who had any connection with Butterfield back then were more saddened than surprised when we learned of his death on May 4, 1987, at 44.

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More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery.

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