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Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, says President Barack Obama should act “without delay” to nominate a replacement for Justin Antonin Scalia.

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Authorities say three women who were found dead today in the Central Vermont community of Berlin are relatives of Jody Herring, who was arrested Friday for the shooting death of a Department of Children and Families employee in Barre.

The bodies of the women were found this morning by Berlin police who responded to a 911 call. Authorities say shell casings were found at the scene and gunshot wounds were apparent on at least two of the victims.

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Severe thunderstorms dumped 3.5 to 4 inches of rain on central Vermont on Sunday night and Monday morning causing flash flooding in Barre and Plainfield. The flooding displaced some families in Barre and inundated several businesses. 

Monday afternoon, Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said seven residential structures were uninhabitable out of a total of 80 that were damaged by flooding. Some were multi-family homes. Bombardier says emergency management officials are still assessing the damage.

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Vermont native Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92. 

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury, Conn., after a brief illness, said her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe.

Keefe grew up in Arlington, where she met Rockwell — who lived in West Arlington — and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943. 

Federal regulators have completed the environmental review of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City.

Albany-based Transmission Developers says Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy's approval of a final environmental impact statement clears the way for final permitting of the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line.

Vermont State Police say one person is dead following a shooting involving a Brattleboro police officer. The incident happened during the search of hotel room that was part of a drug investigation.

The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday at the America's Best Inn in Brattleboro.

Police have not released the name of the person who died or the officer who fired the shot or shots.

Police say the officer discharged his weapon, striking a male occupant during the initial entry into the room. Police did not say why the officer fired his weapon.

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority says it has reached a deal with the union that represents almost 70 bus drivers, averting a strike.

The authority says 19 hours of negotiations ended Sunday morning, producing a contract proposal that the union will bring to a vote. Details of the proposal were not released.

The transit authority says passengers on its buses won't experience any service disruptions.

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says the farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate will strengthen Vermont.

Leahy says a new insurance program will be a vital safety net for Vermont's hard-pressed dairy farmers. The insurance pays out when the gap between the price farmers receive for milk and their feed costs narrows to help them survive price collapses like they have seen in recent years.

Leahy said Tuesday that a new dairy product donation program will benefit both food banks and farmers facing market gluts.

The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to kick off its 2014 session.

The Senate is due to convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Later, Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to brief the health care committees from the House and Senate about the progress of Vermont Health Connect, the office helping to implement the health overhaul efforts in the state.

Vermont State Police say the principal of the Readsboro Central School is facing fraud and embezzlement charges that include his allegedly taking about $200 in children's lunch money.

Police say 40-year-old Michael W. Heller of Fairfax turned himself in to police on Monday.

Police say that during Heller's two years as principal he applied for and received grants awarded to the school. He allegedly used more than $4,000 of the grant money for his personal use.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

About 650 Vermonters are set to lose their extended unemployment benefits.

Unless Congress extends the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, it will end on December 28th.

The Department of Labor says it is in the process of notifying affected individuals.

The emergency compensation has been available for people who have exhausted their state benefits, which last up to 26 weeks.

The program that is ending provided emergency benefits for up to 14 additional weeks.

A New York federal appeals court says the legality of a tax on Vermont's only nuclear plant is best left up to a state court. But it shot down some of the plant operator's arguments against the tax anyway.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. The case stems from a tax affecting the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The plant, which began operating in 1972, is run by the New Orleans-based Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.

The company has argued that the electricity tax is unconstitutional and is not really a tax.

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.