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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 …

Justice report rips police response in Ferguson

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found …

Iran nuclear talks get weeklong extension

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIENNA — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing …

Christie pledges blunt talk in presidential campaign

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe. The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite …

NAACP warns black churches of arson attacks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons. Citing a series of arsons that struck black churches across the South in the 1990s, the NAACP used a hashtag that went …

Some clerks refuse marriage licenses

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying “you don’t own marriage.” They chanted “do your …

Inmates supposedly had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death …

Immigration authorities to consider recognition of transgender detainees

Monday, June 29, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and …

Calif. Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed …

If Iran talks produce no deal, world left with limited options

Monday, June 29, 2015

CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready …