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Storm on Thanksgiving menu

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow inland, could cause delays at Northeast airports and along its busy highways. Precipitation was forecast to sweep in from the south …

With auction set, offshore wind turbines one step closer to reality

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said the auction will be the largest competitive lease …

Warren meets Mideast leaders

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government. …

Patrick cuts $200M in spending

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration ordered nearly $200 million in immediate spending cuts Wednesday while asking lawmakers to approve reductions in local aid and other accounts to help close a state budget shortfall. The gap, currently estimated at $330 million, has been triggered by a number of …

Officers honored for bravery after bombing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Sean Collier, a police officer who authorities say was shot and killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, received a posthumous award for bravery during a ceremony Wednesday at which seven other officers who …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Comments accepted through Tuesday on decommissioning, dismantling of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday. The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans for …

Statewide quarantine on ash lumber, hardwood firewood seeks to contain emerald ash borer

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One little bug is causing big problems for trees and loggers in Massachusetts. A statewide quarantine on ash lumber and all hardwood firewood took effect Monday, in an effort by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to …

Casino cash set to flow into local communities

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state’s casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort. To be sure, casino payments have been flowing to the state long before the Nov. 4 election, when voters …

Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled …

College football player charged with assault

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend’s skull. John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault …

Police: Pittsfield driver struck man on purpose

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Pittsfield woman police say intentionally struck a man in crosswalk with her car has been held without bail. A lawyer for 20-year-old Harmony Edwards-Persip said in court Monday that his client acted in self-defense because the man she struck is a gang member and …

Millionaire pot dealer, 79, challenges stop, search

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they …