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In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 photo, George Perrot bows his head as one of his  Attorney's Christopher J. Walsh comforts him after the trial judge orders him to be  released on his own recognizance after his bail hearing inside the Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial. George Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop in her Springfield …

Body found in Colrain; foul play not suspected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday night by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the edges of the North River to retrieve a body …

Refugees’ mental health needs concern experts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be …

Mass. hydropower plan could change region’s energy landscape

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of …

Justice Francis Spina of Massachusetts high court to retire

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOSTON — Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina on Friday became the second justice in days to announce his retirement from the state’s highest court. Spina, who has been on the bench since 1999, said he will leave the court in August, three months before he reaches …

New England gets first serious snowfall of the season

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOSTON — A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot …

Clinton, Sanders hold contentious debate in lead-up to NH primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political …

In Boston area, bald eagle population soars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BOSTON — People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren’t hallucinating — there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts …

Endangered timber rattlesnakes will be placed on Mount Zion, largest island at Quabbin Reservoir

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to …

Baker administration asks Massachusetts Broadband Institute to hold off on spending for ‘last-mile’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The state agency overseeing the multimillion-dollar build-out of “last-mile” broadband for 44 unserved and partially served towns has been asked to hold off on spending any state money budgeted for broadband until the governor’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance reviews the project. Eric Nakijima, director of the …