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State/Region Briefs

Dozens of flights canceled at Logan

BOSTON — Logan International Airport in Boston is reporting dozens of canceled arriving and departing flights amid freezing rain advisories in southern New England and a snowstorm in the Midwest.

The canceled flights on Sunday include a number of trips between Logan and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where 5 to 7 inches of snow fell overnight.

Some flights between Logan and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York also were canceled. JFK temporarily suspended flights in the morning because of icy runways, after a plane from Toronto landed and slid into snow on a taxiway. No one was hurt.

The National Weather Service says freezing rain is expected in much of interior southern New England on Sunday. There is a small chance for freezing rain in eastern Massachusetts coastal areas.

Burst sprinkler damages 3-story building

BOSTON — A burst sprinkler system pipe at a boarding house for homeless people in Boston displaced 50 residents and caused major damage to the building.

The pipe burst Saturday evening on the top floor of the three-story building in the Jamaica Plain section and sent water gushing down to the basement. Officials had to turn off utilities to the building because of the water.

Building residents had to leave the home in cold temperatures, but were able to stay on two buses provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Officials say many of the residents were taken to hotels and others stayed with family or friends.

Vt. AG: beware school funding scam

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont attorney general’s office is warning businesses about a telephone scam that claims to be raising money on behalf of projects at local schools.

The state says the caller claims to be calling on behalf of a school and may give the name of an administrator or teacher supposedly running the project.

The specific project may vary, but several businesses have been asked to pay for an advertisement to fund a magnet with the school’s contact information.

At least one business received a follow-up email identifying the fraudulent business as being from San Antonio, Texas.

Businesses in the Bristol and Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School area have been the most recent targets, but businesses in other towns will likely also be targeted, officials say.

Air National Guard unit returns home

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Family and friends welcomed home nearly 60 members of a Rhode Island Air National Guard unit that had been deployed to southwestern Asia.

The airmen with the 143rd Airlift Wing arrived home Sunday morning, a day later than planned because of wintry weather conditions. The Providence Journal reports that about 100 people gathered at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown to greet the airmen.

Maj. Michael Collins of Norfolk, Mass., sneaked up on his wife and two daughters, ages 4 and 7, and surprised them as they watched for him to get off a bus with other airmen.

The unit spent two months in Kuwait performing a variety of tasks, including supply missions, humanitarian efforts and combat support.

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