Garage roof collapses in Dracut; no one hurt

DRACUT -- A single stall garage on Bridge Street collapsed Thursday morning, evidently due to the heavy snow load on its roof, according to Deputy Fire Chief Rich Patterson. Full Story
Perez gives his best shot

LOWELL -- At this point in his amateur boxing career, Jonathan Perez knows better than to pull any punches in the heat of battle or when it comes to assessing his performance in the ring. Full Story
Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu

ATLANTA (AP) — The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U. Full Story
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Freakish weather on both coasts is related

The plight of East Coasters may seem distant to Californians fretting over the latest predictions for a toasty, dry March that would almost certainly extend the devastating drought from three years to four. But, climate scientists say, the sometimes freakish weather abnormalities are two parts of a whole.
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New 'Amazing Race' kicks off with a Bachelor-like twist

Blind dating lawyers, a Vegas showgirl, a roller derby queen? It's a new season of 'Amazing Race' and this time, half the teams only met each other for the first time under host Phil Keoghan's watchful eye. Read More >>
Middies' rally falls short

The Dracut 8th Grade Boys Travel basketball Team lost another tight hard fought game. Down double digits early to Lowell, the Middies (2-8) stormed back in the second half to make this Merrimack Valley League rival game a close contest before losing 61-58. Full Story
Loving the lifeMelissa Manchester brings 40 years of experience & a new tour to UMass Lowell

If you only think of her biggest hits -- "Midnight Blue," "Don't Cry Out Loud" and "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" -- then you are undoubtedly selling Melissa Manchester far, far short as a singer. Full Story
A rescue that has them quacking

DRACUT -- A fox is suspected to be the culprit that brought the Animal Rescue League of Boston to Dracut last week for a real-life game of duck, duck, goose. Full Story
2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. Full Story
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Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta

Scarlett Johansson defended John Travolta on Thursday, calling the actor "a class act" and denouncing the image of the two on the Academy Awards red carpet as "an unfortunate still-frame" that doesn't reflect a "totally sweet and totally welcome" encounter. Full Story
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Lupita Nyong'o's expensive Oscar dress stolen

“12 Years a Slave” actress loses now-famous Academy Awards dress that’s made out of 6,000 pearls.