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Massachusetts businesses get break on worker comp costs

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts businesses are getting a break on worker compensation costs for the new fiscal year. Gov. Charlie Baker has announced that his administration will reduce the assessment that employers pay to the state on workers’ compensation insurance policies by .05 percent. Baker said the change will help give companies a bit of tax relief. For the 2016 fiscal year — which began July 1 — employers will …

Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies …

Police identify man killed in head-on crash with police cruiser

Monday, July 6, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — Police have identified a man killed in a head-on crash with a police cruiser this weekend that also left an officer injured. Chicopee police Officer Mike Wilk said an SUV driven by 37-year-old Richard Chapin of Chicopee crossed into the opposite lane on Front Street and hit the police SUV. The crash occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday. The impact …

W. Europe swelters in heat wave

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died …

British savior of Jewish children dies at 106

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LONDON — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of his lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, …

Auschwitz defendant won’t ask survivors’ forgiveness

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LUENEBURG, Germany — A 94-year-old man charged as an accessory in the murders of about 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau told a court Wednesday that he consciously had not asked Holocaust survivors for their forgiveness because, given the dimensions of their suffering, he is not …

SC church fire likely not arson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate …

Ore. eases into legal weed

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland. A few thousand people jammed a sidewalk and bike lane on the Burnside …

NY prison gets new warden, fresh security

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes …

Indonesia plane crash kills 141

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local …

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s tax returns show income of nearly $28 million since leaving office as Florida governor

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration …