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Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of questionable breathalyzer results. Officials learned of concerns last month. “So far, no operating under-the-influence cases in the Northwestern District have been identified …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. Prosecutors rested their case …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not attend the Hartford meeting. “Obviously …

Former SC lawmaker to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — A conservative congressman from South Carolina whose change of heart on climate change drew the wrath of fellow Republicans and helped cost him re-election has been named the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile …

Obama OKs disaster aid for Jan. blizzard

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that federal disaster aid that the state has been granted for a late January blizzard could bring between $80 million and $90 million, but he’s disappointed his broader request wasn’t approved. “I’m disappointed that they limited the declaration basically to the …

Marathon to retain enhanced security

Monday, April 13, 2015

FRAMINGHAM — Enhanced security measures will remain in place for next Monday’s Boston Marathon, the second since the deadly 2013 bombing at the finish line of the iconic race, authorities said. “This plan will look very much like the plan that was in effect last year,” said Kurt …

Few bombing survivors seek help for ‘invisible’ wounds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other “invisible injuries” that can be just as devastating as …

A long and tortured death penalty history in Massachusetts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal …

Boston cool to movie on marathon bombing

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce “Patriots’ Day,” a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the …

Department of Public Utilities to examine long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers for electric companies

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Baker administration has asked the state Department of Public Utilities to investigate how electric utilities can enter into long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers as part of an effort to increase natural gas pipeline expansion and lower prices to electric consumers. “There is a widespread belief among …

Bomber’s attorney faces death penalty challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution. Most of Clarke’s …

Baker approves $200M for local roads, bridges

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Cities and towns in Massachusetts will soon have more money to fix local roads and bridges. Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a bill approved by lawmakers that authorizes distribution of $200 million in so-called Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities. The governor said in a …

Settlement OK’d over strip searches at women’s jail

Friday, April 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A lawsuit settlement that would prohibit male guards from videotaping strip searches of female inmates at a women’s jail received preliminary approval by a federal judge on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of 176 current and former inmates at Western Massachusetts Regional …