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Boston Police officer John Quinn walks with, Miller, his bomb detection canine, over the finish line while sweeping the area in preparation for the Boston Marathon, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, … 0

Cops: Holyoke man sold heroin with son in car

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke man is facing charges for allegedly selling heroin out of his car with his 6-year-old son unrestrained in the rear seat. Springfield police say they pulled over a vehicle on Tuesday night after spotting it running a stop sign. The officer saw the unbelted child and the driver trying to hide something. The driver’s hands also appeared to … 0

Judge raps governor on painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state’s first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached. “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I had a legal footing to do it,” Patrick said … 0

Vermont’s Sanders eyes president bid

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to appear in New Hampshire this weekend as he weighs a run for president. The two-term Vermont independent has two events scheduled Saturday, including a stop at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. The institute … 0

Judge: Teen broom rape case a juvenile matter

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A judge has ruled that the case of a Somerville teenager charged with using a broomstick to rape another student at a Berkshire County sports camp should be heard in juvenile court. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a Superior Court judge also dismissed seven adult … 0

Springfield police boss unveils plan

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner is vowing to make the department more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to crime. John Barbieri told a crowd of more than 300 residents at his first public meeting on Monday night that to do so he needs the … 0

Convict gets Bulger’s backing in freedom bid

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON — A man who says that convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger helped frame him in a 1980 murder is now getting support from Bulger in his quest for a new trial. Fred Weichel has spent more than … 0

Drugmaker sues to block state ban

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts’ ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug. Zogenix filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday requesting that the court temporarily … 0

Utilities appeal 2011 storm fines

Monday, April 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Power companies urged the state’s highest court Monday to overturn nearly $25 million in penalties imposed by Massachusetts regulators after a pair of 2011 storms, both of which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark — some for over a week. The record … 0

Red Sox in-house painter relishes career

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — On Oct. 30, 2013, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series at Fenway Park since 1918 and Mark Waitkus was there to record the historic moment, first with his camera and then in … 0

Wedding venue destroyed by fire

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — A firefighter says a cigarette tossed onto mulch may have caused a destructive fire at a popular wedding venue in Foxborough. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bagley tells The Boston Globe that the fire at the … 0

Waltham fire linked to smoking

Friday, April 4, 2014

WALTHAM — Authorities say an early morning rooming house fire that killed a Waltham man was started by improper disposal of smoking materials. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone also said Friday that a smoke alarm in the man’s room had been dismantled. … 0