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Vermont Yankee to begin layoffs in January

Friday, November 21, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would ceas operations at the end of this year, but plant officials made the formal notification to the state Wednesday under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining …

Speaker rules out cuts in local aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick included it as part of a plan to close a projected $329 million budget …

Former Brown dean, Nobel Prize winner, dies

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was 89. Greer was a founding director of the Nobel-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of …

Rowdy crowd shuts down tobacco-ban hearing in Westminster after 25 minutes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WESTMINSTER — Only a handful of people were able to speak on a proposal that could make the tiny Massachusetts town of Westminster the first in the nation to ban all sales of tobacco products when boos and …

Boyfriend of ‘house of horrors’ mother says he was in dark

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UXBRIDGE — The man who lived in the basement of a squalid home where the remains of three babies were found spoke out Wednesday for the first time, saying he was unaware of the “inhuman” and “unbelievable” conditions his children were living in because he was not allowed …

Tsarnaev lawyers want evidence on triple killing

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing …

Priest guilty of raping boy at summer camp

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LAWRENCE (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest was found guilty Wednesday of repeatedly raping a young boy in the 1980s at a Massachusetts summer camp operated by his religious order. The Rev. Richard McCormick was convicted in Lawrence Superior Court of five counts of child rape that …

System could protect school in case of armed threat

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

METHUEN — With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at a Methuen grammar school on Tuesday showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat …

Patrick, state officials salute veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently formed group representing …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Gay vets to march in Boston parade

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city’s annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The …

Prosecutor urges jail pre-trial for cross-country rape suspect

Monday, November 10, 2014

WORCESTER (ap) — Massachusetts prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to keep a man suspected of raping women in several states locked up while he awaits trial. Authorities say Gregory Lewis cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …