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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, Dylan Chestnutt endures wind-whipped snow while walking during a winter storm in single digit temperatures in Portland, Maine. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NE shivers in deep snow, record cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, …

Presentation in Turners Falls features before and after images of Swift River Valley

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “Visions of the Past, ” a program comparing photos of properties in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin Reservoir was constructed 77 years ago with current views, will be held March 7 at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. The free presentation by Dale Monette, …

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” …

Baker wanted his own team on the health connector board

Friday, February 27, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he asked for and received the resignations of four members of the state’s health connector board because the agency had “underperformed” and he wanted to replace them with members of his own team. Among the four who agreed to step …

CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored …

Woman dies in single-car crash in Bernardston

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERNARDSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old woman died when her car went off the road struck a utility pole in Bernardston. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office says Marlerie Kidder was driving north at about 7 a.m. Wednesday when her sedan crossed into the oncoming …

Principal calls cyberbullies worse than Iraq insurgents

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WINCHENDON (ap) — A Massachusetts high school principal said cyberbullies who targeted some of his students are worse than the insurgents he fought in Iraq and vowed the anonymous posters would be found and punished. Joshua Romano, principal of Murdock Middle/High School in Winchendon and an Iraq War …

Cold takes toll on NE wildlife, too

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GRAFTON — New England’s epic snowfalls haven’t just made life miserable for humans: animals are suffering, too. Veterinarians with Tufts University’s wildlife clinic say subzero temperatures and heavy snows have savaged birds and critters that struggle to survive …

Vermont attorney general joins petition field with NRC raising questions about financial health of Entergy Nuclear

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The attorney general of Vermont has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about the ability of Entergy Nuclear ability to pay for decommissioning the now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It also seeks an investigation into Entergy’s fiscal health in relation to the Vernon …

Dobelle’s lawyers want off his case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WESTFIELD (ap) — Lawyers for former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle, who is suing state education officials, cite an “irreconcilable difference” and a failure to pay bills, in their effort to drop him as a client. Dobelle served as university president from January 2008 until his resignation …

Watchdog: State facing $1.5B budget shortfall

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — A taxpayers watchdog groups says Massachusetts’ budget shortfall could be as high as $1.5 billion, nearly twice what the administration is estimating. The president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told organizations that rely on state funding to “Brace yourselves for a new reality.” The foundation’s …

Bombing trial set to open next week

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Opening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be held next week, a court official announced Wednesday after the judge qualified enough prospective jurors to move on to the final stage …

Wesleyan students face party-drug charges

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — They were studying to be doctors and scientists, but police say four Wesleyan University students arrested this week also are known on campus as drug dealers. The four are charged in connection with the …