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North Coast: Quirky & Historical Surprises You'll Find in Salem

Renee Blodgett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Salem is a small city with a population of under 45,000, but there's a remarkable number of things to do, from boating, segway and walking tours to museums and a variety of activities which center around witchcraft. Here are ten of our favorite things to do based on an extensive visit this past August.

Harbor Sweets Is Celebrating 40 Years of Chocolate-Making

Susan Fogwell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Travel
Susan Fogwell

The chocolate that started the company, the iconic Sweet Sloop, is still going strong. It's an almond butter crunch sailboat with a white chocolate jib floating on dark chocolate and a pecan spindrift washing its sides. The small factory can churn out 28,000 a day. Isn't that sweet?

Remembrance for the Witches

Annie Finch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

This year the cords are strong, and many days after Samhain I can still feel the ancestors' timeless spirits very near, vibrating and creating sweet light and wide perspective for me as I navigate the roughs and shallows of this complex and finite life.

Selling Your Soul in Salem

Greig Lamont | Posted 12.31.2013 | Travel
Greig Lamont

Despite this glorious genealogy, this historical pedigree, its cultural lineage, its tradition, and its heritage, today Salem has been reduced to prostituting itself to oddballs in costumes who gawk at gravestones and hanker for "museums" filled with broomsticks and bric-a-brac.

7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

U.S. News Travel | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

From coffin racing in Manitou Springs, Colo., to a witch-themed ball in Salem, Mass., U.S. News Travel found seven of the spookiest Halloween festivities happening around the USA.

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Authorities Search Rural Farm For Susan Cox Powell | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

Law enforcement officers were searching a rural farm near Salem, Ore., for Susan Cox Powell, who has been missing since 2009. According to Seattle ...

Did This 'American Horror Story' Star Reveal The Season 3 Theme?

Posted 03.01.2013 | TV

Is "American Horror Story" heading to Salem for Season 3? Season 1 and Season 2 star Dylan McDermott hinted to E! that "American Horror Story" will...

Controversial Catholic Church in Salem Slated for Demolition

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

It isn't your vision of a Catholic church, nor your idea of what a church in the historic New England town of Salem, Massachusetts should look like, but its distinct design for a church is a key reason a contingent of local residents have been battling for the past seven years.

PHOTOS: 25 Ghastly Places Popular With Travelers

Viator | Posted 12.31.2012 | Travel

The smaller islands in the lagoon that served as mass graves during Venice's many bouts with the plague. The one island that never saw disease, hosted an insane asylum that now stands abandoned.

The Salem Witches Are Missing

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weird News
Pat LaMarche

See, for generations after the "witches" were hanged and buried, the community -- at least the politically powerful -- thought they were well rid of these troublesome characters and neither preserved their execution site nor where their bodies were interred.

The Bay State Has History, Music And Baseball

CarsTravelFood | Posted 06.24.2012 | Travel

Cape Ann boasts America's oldest seaport and art colony. You can go to the docks and watch fishermen come in with the day's catch.

Mom Allegedly Watched Her Underage Daughter Strip

Posted 03.18.2012 | Crime

In December, Christina Lopez complained to police that her 17-year-old daughter was stripping. Now, the 42-year-old Oregon woman faces charges beca...

Food Stamps Can Now Buy You a Frappuccino

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

A recent investigation by Oregon Fox affiliate KPTV has found that Frappuccinos can now be bought with food stamps at Starbucks stands located within ...

Salem Witch Trials Get A Second Look

Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service SALEM, Mass. (RNS) For centuries, scholars have wondered how a farming village in 1692 could have be...

Movie Review: The Green

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Every teacher's nightmare is being accused of violating the trust they've been given: doing something to abuse or harm one of their students. And, in...

Salem Citizens Win Against Big Coal

Philip Radford | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

The people of Massachusetts have paved the way for change across the country. They've shown us that if we're determined, if we're organized, and if we don't give up, we can stand up to Big Coal.

WATCH: Warlocks Hold 'Magical Intervention' For Sheen

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Charlie Sheen has alternately confused, delighted, mesmerized, aggravated, embarrassed and occasionally bored most of America over the last week. But...

The Reincarnation of Joseph McCarthy -- Congressman King

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

America is not at war with Islam. But if Mr. King's hearings go as planned, it is a safe bet that lots of Muslims will believe the Republican party is.

Salem County soaked with at least 7 inches of rain; power outages persist from huge storm | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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SALEM -- Soggy.That's perhaps the best way to explain conditions throughout Salem County after a storm more than a day-long dumped an estimated 7 ...

County Register of Deeds Picks Fight with MERS

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Zombeck

Assuming an average of 500 mortgages per week, this year alone, Southern Essex County has lost a potential $1.95 million in recording fees because of the MERS system of "avoiding" recording assignments.

Father-Son Bank Bombing Exposes Anti-Government 'Underworld'

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SALEM, Ore. — People who knew Bruce Turnidge and his son say they loved their guns, hated President Obama, and fantasized about starting a milit...

Multiple gunshot wounds killed Salem man found dead in home, authorities say | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Staff photo by Britney LillyaPolice conduct their investigation Thursday outside the home of Agnel Montes who was found dead inside the residence ...

Calvin Hoover, of Salem, Oregon, charged with drunk driving after 911 call

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon police have charged a man with drunk driving after he called 911 to report his marijuana as stolen but the dispatcher could...

Nurse accused of stealing drugs, abusing patients faces prison term | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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SALEM -- A former nurse accused of stealing medications and abusing patients throughout the county pleaded guilty to theft and two counts of elder...

If Torture is Not Punished, Charles Manson Should be Freed

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doon Baqi

I don't know if the term "witch hunt" can be applied to the torturers of today. Unlike the women of Salem, these guys actually are the "witches", they did do what they are accused of.