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John Joy, left, pulls his girlfriend Brooke Finan past the Statehouse after they made a search for coffee during a winter snowstorm Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston.  Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Vignettes: On sleds and skis, braving blizzard

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm: Sliding to town On most days, Brooke Finan gets around Boston on foot. On Tuesday, she rode around in style on a sled pulled by her boyfriend, John …

Area Health Briefs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com BAYSTATE HEART SERIES Baystate Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Health free lecture series runs each Sunday next month beginning Feb.1 with “Heart Failure: What Is It, How Do I Know if I Have It, and What Can I Do if I Develop It?” The talks will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Baystate Health Education …

Christie launches PAC for 2016

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundations of a campaign operation and travel …

Keystone Q&A: Debate is no longer limited to oil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President …

Earth Talk: Flame retardants can be toxic, especially for kids

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to get toxic flame retardants out of children’s furniture and other products? — Mary Sweetland, Seminole, Florida Putting flame retardants in furniture seemed like a good idea back in the 1970s to …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the …

Bid to win presidential library splits Chicagoans

Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICAGO — Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics …

Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Friday, January 23, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the …

Study: Toolmaking earlier among human ancestors

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our ape-like ancestors may have stopped dragging their knuckles and started making tools a half million years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, suggests that the art of tool making may not be exclusive to the …

House OKs abortion bill as protesters swarm DC

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an …

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Yemen’s US-backed president resigns

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will …