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People work to shovel snow-covered cars out in Boston's Charlestown section, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, one day after a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow in the city. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Snowbound cities return to normal

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. Many businesses reopened, as did Logan Airport, and homeowners, motorists and storekeepers dug out with grudging praise for the forecasters, who …

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained …

House to mull lifting term limits for speaker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday would eliminate an existing rule stating “no member shall hold, for more than eight consecutive years, the office of Speaker of the House.” The proposed rules were sent to lawmakers …

Jury selection in bombing trial moves slowly

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going slower than expected. Here’s what you need to know as the trial enters its third week: The case Tsarnaev, …

Man slain by police linked to Boston mayor’s girlfriend

Monday, January 19, 2015

WEYMOUTH (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said. Local media have reported that the man, identified by the Norfolk district …

Primer: Inside Massachusetts’ budget shortfall

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is promising to unveil a plan soon to address a deficit in the state budget for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. Here are some things to know about the shortfall and ways it might be addressed. • How big is …

NH delegation requests openness in pipeline plan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About …

Protesters chained to barrels block I-93 at rush hour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound …

Question of death hangs over jurors in bomb trial

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on …

Boston group lays out opposition to Olympics

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — In order to start the first public meeting — pro or con — since Boston was chosen as the American nominee for the 2024 Olympics, the head of the group opposed to bringing the Summer Games …

Prospective Tsarnaev jurors face questions

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — Prospective jurors who made it through the first round of cuts in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial face individual questioning as the second phase of jury selection begins Thursday. More than …

Environmentalists concerned new owner of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage project may stop erosion control

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No one ever thought it would be easy, more than 20 years ago, when regional, state and federal agencies, together with environmental groups, joined to pressure the owners of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to halt and repair erosion along a 20-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. …

State launches $30 million residential loan program to help homeowners finance solar electric projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs last week announced plans to roll out a new $30 million residential solar loan program to make it easier for homeowners to finance solar electric projects. The Mass Solar Loan program, to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, …