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Rising sea level a threat in East, study says

As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists report in a new study. The seas along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England are rising three to four times faster than the global average, and coastal cities are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, according to the US Geological Survey study published Sunday.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has said he is “profoundly concerned’’ that religious liberty has been eroded.

Bishops launch a push vs. mandates

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is joining dioceses across the US in a drive to protest what US bishops consider to be escalating attacks by government on religious liberty.

Cranberry industry seeks to avoid school ban

Industry officials are lobbying to keep cranberry juice off the list of sugary drinks that could soon be banned from schools.

Egyptians celebrated the election of their new president, Mohammed Morsi, Sunday in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

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Egypt rejoices as Islamist wins vote

Egypt’s military rulers on Sunday officially recognized Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as the winner of Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, handing the Islamists both a symbolic triumph and more clout in their power struggle with the country’s senior generals.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department oversees 150 to 180 rescues each year.

Reliance on smartphones leaving hikers in a bind

Officials say more hikers are skipping basic gear and relying too heavily on phones with GPS and a slew of gear-like apps to bail them out of a jam.