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Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sprague also will be required to pay restitution to the …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, …

Police seize more than 100 pounds of marijuana, $1 million in Agawam raid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts continue to investigate after a raid on an Agawam storage locker yielded more than 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash. Police said Wednesday that the 118 pounds of marijuana seized with the assistance of federal agents …

Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Smith College to partner

Friday, October 24, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth will offer its Tuck Business Bridge Program to undergraduates at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. It’s the first time the program will be delivered by Tuck faculty at another institution in the …

Torrential downpours across Massachusetts slow motorists

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Torrential downpours overnight left deep puddles of standing water on many Massachusetts roads, prompting closures, and making for a slow morning commute. State police official tweets Thursday reported disabled vehicles and heavy backups around the state. About three dozen vehicles were disabled on Route 146 …

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture …

Candidates spar on taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to …

Absent judge delays hearing for probation officials

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a hearing on requests from former Massachusetts probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to throw out their convictions in a job-rigging case or grant them a new trial. The hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled …

Massachusetts, other NE states tops for efficiency

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to …