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FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, rear, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Bauman testified Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, charged with conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Bombing victims tell of carnage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — The tall, well-built man, dressed in a hooded sweater and carrying a black backpack, bumped into Jeffrey Bauman in the throngs of spectators at the Boston Marathon finish line. Bauman, who had come to cheer on his girlfriend, immediately thought the solitary man looked out of place. Not realizing it, he had just come in contact with Tamerlan …

Early education backers fault Baker budget plan

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is coming under fire from education advocates who say he missed an opportunity in his first state budget proposal to signal his commitment to early education. During last year’s campaign for governor, Baker decided not to back Democrat Martha Coakley’s pledge to eliminate a waiting list of 17,000 children seeking subsidized pre-kindergarten education, arguing state education priorities …

Holyoke man pleads not guilty in Samurai slaying

Thursday, March 5, 2015

HOLYOKE (ap) — A Holyoke man charged with killing a man in 2008 with a Samurai sword owned by the victim has been ordered held without bail. Ismael Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on a murder charge in the June 2008 slaying of Humberto Brindis. The 22-year-old Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday after detectives who reopened the cold case linked him …

Governor pledges to reduce homelessness

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker wants to put $20 million into an “End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund.” The goal would be to get the 5,000 homeless families living …

Child OK after falling from moving vehicle

Monday, March 2, 2015

FALMOUTH (AP) — A couple have pleaded not guilty to charges including child endangerment and larceny after police say their 5-year-old fell from their moving SUV as they tried to steal a TV. Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Degerolamo and 29-year-old Daniel McLaughlin of West Yarmouth were arraigned Monday in Falmouth …

Feds want boat panels to show Tsarnaev note

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors want panels of the boat in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession. His lawyers want them to see the entire bullet-ridden boat. Prosecutors have said Tsarnaev …

Group to sue FBI over shooting of Chechen man

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Leaders of a civil rights group said Monday that they plan to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The Council of American-Islamic Relations …

Police: Man raped woman he met on dating app

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app. New Haven police say they arrested 26-year-old Timothy Turner Jr., of Waterbury, early Monday after the 22-year-old woman called authorities. Officials say Turner met the woman on …

NE shivers in deep snow, record cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in …

Presentation in Turners Falls features before and after images of Swift River Valley

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “Visions of the Past, ” a program comparing photos of properties in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin Reservoir was constructed 77 years ago with current views, will be held March 7 at the …

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive …

Baker wanted his own team on the health connector board

Friday, February 27, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he asked for and received the resignations of four members of the state’s health connector board because the agency had “underperformed” and he wanted to replace them with members of his own team. Among the four who agreed to step …

CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored …