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Christian Urraca uses a snow blower to clear a path outside his house on Burncoat Street as his son, Anthony, 5, follows with a shovel on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Worcester, Mass.  (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Christine Hochkeppel)

Blizzard slams Boston area, coast and central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, badly damaging a vacant …

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze Northeast US with up to 3 feet of snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. In midtown Manhattan near Madison Square Garden …

Gov. Charlie Baker declares state of emergency, bans non-essential motor vehicle travel after midnight

Monday, January 26, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel during the approaching blizzard. Baker said Monday the state of emergency is effective immediately and the non-essential travel ban goes into effect at midnight. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it is prepared with 4,000 road crews at the ready, along with 250,000 …

Deb Goldberg becomes new state treasurer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has a new treasurer. Democrat Deb Goldberg was sworn-in to the post at the Statehouse on Wednesday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Goldberg was elected to the post in November. She succeeds Steve Grossman, who ran unsuccessfully for governor. Goldberg’s family founded the Stop …

Newtown votes to raze gunman’s home

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved …

Maura Healey sworn in as 55th attorney general for Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — Democrat Maura Healey was sworn in Wednesday as Massachusetts’ 55th attorney general and pledged afterward to focus on protecting young people and battle heroin and prescription drug abuse. Healey took the oath of office, administered by …

Doctor fatally shot at Brigham and Women's Hospital; gunman kills himself

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday before killing himself. Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor. …

Baker: State faces $765M budget hole

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year is projected at $765 million, and more spending cuts will be needed to help close the gap, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday after crunching the numbers with senior aides. The Republican, who took office less than two …

Victim opposes Wahlberg pardon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes. Kristyn Atwood was among a group …

Universal access sought in pre-kindergarten bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of a proposal to make pre-kindergarten programs available to all 3- and 4-years olds in the state regardless of family income said it would help narrow the academic achievement gap that exists among students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. The bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would allow …

Jury selection in bombing trial moves slowly

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going slower than expected. Here’s what you need to know as the trial enters its third week: The case Tsarnaev, …

Man slain by police linked to Boston mayor’s girlfriend

Monday, January 19, 2015

WEYMOUTH (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said. Local media have reported that the man, identified by the Norfolk district …

Primer: Inside Massachusetts’ budget shortfall

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is promising to unveil a plan soon to address a deficit in the state budget for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. Here are some things to know about the shortfall and ways it might be addressed. • How big is …