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Elizabeth Warren during to Western Mass where she visited the Blue Bonnett Diner and the Fire station in Northampton.

Warren, coy on whether to seek re-election, stockpiles cash

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stockpiling campaign cash from liberal supporters across the country even though she hasn’t committed to a 2018 re-election bid. Warren has collected nearly $1.6 million in contributions in the first half of 2015, bringing her campaign bank account to more than $2.4 million as of the end of June, according to filings with …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in this normally reserved New England community are content to leave the typically low-key Cosbys alone as they spend holidays and significant parts of their summers …

Less-lethal weapons spur interest among police

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FITCHBURG — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they considered “nonlethal” weapons at their disposal, including …

Vt. snake collector gives pair of pythons to Mass. sanctuary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a longtime snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked …

Bombing juror rethinks death penalty decision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin Fagan spoke to WBUR-FM (http://bit.ly/1V6XfIS) on Monday, the same day …

Iowa pair held on charges linked to Pokemon threats

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Two men from Iowa made online threats against Pokemon competitors — referring to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre — then drove 25 hours to Boston, where they were stopped as they …

Almanac predicts another real winter for NE

Monday, August 24, 2015

LEWISTON, Maine — It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication …

Appeal for convicted killer of social worker challenges jury instruction

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Not guilty by reason of insanity: It’s a difficult verdict to get from juries in Massachusetts. Defense lawyers have complained for years that a standard instruction given by judges in such cases gives jurors the false impression that defendants will be released after a brief period …

Pokemon convention threatened; 2 men held on gun charges

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men suspected of making violent social media threats to people attending the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been arrested on gun charges. Boston police said Sunday that convention security reported the threats on Thursday and the suspects were stopped as they were …

Worcester woman killed driving wrong way on highway

Monday, August 24, 2015

STERLING (AP) — State police say a 39-year-old Worcester woman has died after hitting two other cars, one head-on, while driving the wrong way on Interstate 190 southbound on Saturday night. Police on Sunday identified her as Jeanette D. Adams. Police said people in the two other cars …

Proposed natural gas rate hikes cut by $13M

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Columbia Gas announced Thursday they have reached an agreement that cuts the natural gas company’s proposed rate hike of nearly $50 million by more than $13 million and prevents another distribution rate hike for three years. Without the agreement, Columbia …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

Plaintiff in St. Paul’s rape case takes stand

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A lawyer for a recent graduate of an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman last year began cross-examining his accuser Wednesday, asking whether she told her close friend in graphic details which sex …