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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston …

State focuses on employers as paid sick time rule starts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put in. …

Confederate flag removed from Boston memorial honoring black soldiers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Confederate flag that was attached to a Boston memorial honoring an all-black Union Civil War unit has been removed. The Boston Globe reports that the battle flag hung from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial for more than an hour Sunday. …

Boston 2024 touts jobs, housing as it releases detailed $4.6B Olympics bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of …

NE pans court’s power-plant ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government …

Plainville plane crash victims identified as Tennessee doctor, family

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Police in NH, Mass. make $2M drug seizure

Monday, June 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, …

Cat missing from RI turns up 35 miles away

Monday, June 29, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A cat missing from a Portsmouth veterinary clinic since April has been found in southeastern Massachusetts. The Newport Daily News reports the long-haired black feline named Slinky was found by a woman last week in Rochester, Massachusetts and taken to a veterinarian on Cape …

Thomas Kennedy, longtime Massachusetts legislator, dies at 63

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Thomas Kennedy, a Brockton Democrat who overcame an accident that required him to use a wheelchair and went on to serve in the Legislature for more than three decades, has died. He was 63. A lifelong resident of the city, Kennedy died peacefully …

Yankee Engine-uity show in Orange brings nostalgia

Monday, June 29, 2015

ORANGE — It wasn’t a tranquil weekend for those living near the Orange Municipal Airport. The sputter of engines, the aroma of fuel and the sight of antique tractors, automobiles and other collectibles were only some attractions that …

Whitey Bulger tells teens: ‘My life wasted ... foolish’

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

New England states readying for range of new laws

Monday, June 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Hands-free driving in the “Live Free or Die” state and a tax on even the smallest vacation rentals in Rhode Island are just two of the new laws taking effect in New England on July 1. Connecticut is cracking down on the use of restraints …