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In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 photo, Austin Wing, left, and Abdi Shariff check out pictures on Shariff's phone at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine. The two students were players on the state championship-winning soccer team. In Lewiston, white residents now see the black newcomers want the same things they do _ a safe place to raise a family, good schools, freedom and jobs, said Abdi Said, a refugee who was originally put in San Jose, California, before he moved to Lewiston.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Reborn Maine mill town shows possibilities of ethnic diversification

Monday, February 8, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine — The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation’s whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig’s head rolled into the local mosque. Fifteen years later, the Somali newcomers are solid members of the community, as evidenced by its proliferation of shops, …

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 do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but …

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 potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of …

Congresswoman’s home target of ‘swatting’ call

Monday, February 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congresswoman said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation to combat. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, said she was home Sunday night with …

Gadfly on power projects faces criminal probe in Vt.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Now she is the target of a criminal …

Officials cash in with bigger donations

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BOSTON — A 2014 change in the state’s campaign finance law has delivered a cash windfall for top elected officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to rake in big money donations and quickly rebuild their election coffers. An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change — …

Authorities raid residential school in probe of alleged abuse

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Massachusetts residential school to treat boys and young men with behavior problems has been raided following allegations of physical and emotional abuse of students by school staff. The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/20AHufR) reports that dozens of local, state and federal authorities searched the Eagleton School …

Massachusetts political leaders undergo revolution in how they view drug users

Saturday, January 30, 2016

BOSTON — Jail time is out. Treatment is in. Spurred by a seemingly intractable opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of Massachusetts lives in recent years, political leaders have undergone a revolution in the way they view drug users. Even Gov. Charlie Baker — whose old Statehouse boss, …

Pittsfield Police charge man with armed robberies of six businesses

Friday, January 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Pittsfield Police have arrested a man they allege is responsible for a string of armed robberies of area businesses in the past month. The Berkshire Eagle reports that George Bliss was held without bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to six counts of armed and …

Deputy Peter Ostroskey promoted to succeed retiring Fire Marshal Stephen Coan

Thursday, January 28, 2016

STOW (AP) — The state’s deputy fire marshal is getting a promotion. The state Fire Service Commission on Wednesday selected Deputy Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey to take over for Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, who is retiring after 20 years on the job. Commission chairman Everett Fire Chief David …

Massachusetts Senate OKs bill that would ensure equal pay for men and women doing comparable work

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would ensure men and women earn equal pay for comparable work. The legislation would prohibit employers from discriminating based on gender when it comes to wages and other compensation. The bill defines comparable work as jobs requiring …

Massachusetts Senate advances overhaul of state’s public records laws

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOSTON — Government watchdog groups praised a bill outlined by Massachusetts Senate leaders Thursday that seeks to modernize public records rules that critics have labeled among the most outdated and cumbersome in the nation. The measure, advanced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would establish new timetables …

Marathon bombing amputee trains to run this year’s race

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s training to run this year’s race: all 26.2 miles of it. Adrianne Haslet-Davis said in an interview aired Tuesday on the …