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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

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 …

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 …

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they …

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 …