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House approves abortion clinic bill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House approved a bill on Wednesday designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic’s entrances for up to eight hours. The 25-foot boundary would have to be clearly … 0

Westfield man dies while scuba diving

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MARBLEHEAD (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old Westfield man has died while scuba diving off the coast of Marblehead. The Essex district attorney’s office says Gregory Cole was scallop diving off a moored boat with two other people on Tuesday. The operator of the boat notified the harbormaster at about 10:15 a.m. that one of the divers had not resurfaced. The state police … 0

Man charged in long-unsolved 1995 slaying of mother, daughter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York mother and daughter whose bodies were found in different states and remained unidentified for 19 years were killed by a close relative who is now in custody and will face murder charges, authorities said Wednesday. Seventy-year-old Robert Honsch, of Dalton, Ohio, faces murder charges in the death of his wife, whose body was found in Massachusetts in … 0

State Senate approves abortion clinic safety bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill was recommended by the Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the full Senate approved it on a voice vote. The proposal would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access … 0

State Senate rejects charter school expansion

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and other urban communities. The House-passed measure was defeated by a 30-9 margin after senators also voted down, by a 26-13 margin, a proposal by Sen. Sonia … 0

State asked to shelter unaccompanied kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 7

Police seek suspect in Greenfield armed robbery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are seeking a man who entered the Planet Gas station Tuesday morning with a bandanna over his face and a pistol in his hand and left with money. No arrests had been made at press … 0

Prosecutors: 3 ‘cheated’ Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies who prosecutors say rigged the agency’s hiring process to favor applicants backed by powerful state lawmakers. O’Brien, … 0

Energy a focus as region’s premiers meet in NH

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states said Monday that delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues … 0

Probation case heads to jury

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has denied a request by lawyers for former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to find them not guilty or declare a mistrial. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Young on Monday means the case against the three defendants … 0

Suspect held in fatal Holyoke stabbing; city’s first homicide of 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A 40-year-old Holyoke man has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing another man after an argument. Jorge Rodriguez-Nieves was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge Monday in Holyoke District Court. Police say 33-year-old Angel David Morales was stabbed in the … 0

Hernandez cousin to admit contempt

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FALL RIVER — The cousin of Aaron Hernandez who was charged with criminal contempt after refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted the former New England Patriot intends to change her plea to guilty, her lawyer said Monday. Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, had pleaded not … 0