• Thomas scores 27 points, UMass Lowell beats Vermont 100-93

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Jahad Thomas scored 27 points with nine rebounds and UMass Lowell beat Vermont 100-93 on Monday night.

  • Return of Purple Heart from WWII turns up missing family

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence.

  • Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England

    BOSTON (AP) — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.

  • Albany uses big 2nd half to hold off Vermont 75-71

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Singletary scored 20 points — all after halftime — and Albany used a big second half to rally past Vermont 75-71 Saturday for the annual Big Purple Growl.

  • Branded for Bernie: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves — and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs.

  • Leicester City's Robert Huth, centre left facing away from camera, celebrates with teammate Jamie Vardy after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Leicester stuns Man City 3-1 to go 6 points clear at top

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Leicester stunned Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday to bolster its bid to become the unlikeliest champions in English football history.

  • In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, Wendell Downing works on a tank to hold sap to be boiled into maple syrup at Limlaw Family Maple Farm in West Topsham, Vt. A winter warmup has triggered sap to flow, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some New England producers who tap trees early. Larger producers, like Limlaw, start tapping trees early so they can install tens of thousands of taps by the time the 4-6 week season is underway. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

    Winter thaw triggers sap run in maple country

    WEST TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) — A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees.

  • Leicester’s Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Liverpool during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Leicester’s charge relegates Chelsea-Man United to sideshow

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.