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A plush “Cat in the Hat” toy is displayed next to “What Pet Should I Get?,” the latest book by Dr. Seuss, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at a bookstore in Concord, N.H.  The book, released 24 years after the author’s death, includes the same pair of siblings featured in Seuss’s 1960 classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Professor: New Seuss book won’t disappoint

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. — Move over mockingbirds and watchmen. There’s a new Yent in a tent in town. Dr. Seuss’ new book, “What Pet Should I Get?”, features the same siblings seen in his 1960 classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” The book went on sale Tuesday, two weeks after the release of Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel, …

Gas pipeline re-routed to avoid NY forest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — A section of the planned Constitution Pipeline, designed to bring natural gas to New York City and New England, has been redrawn to avoid a 1,000-acre private forest with fragile wetlands. Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the 124-mile pipeline to bring cheap gas north from Pennsylvania’s shale fields, confirmed the route change Tuesday. Stockton said the change adds almost 3 miles …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper …

State Probation Department promotion exams shredded

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts to overhaul the state Probation Department’s hiring and promotion system after years of political favoritism have suffered another setback after trial court officials admitted they accidentally shredded promotional exams before they could be graded. The shredding incident comes after 55 percent of probation employees …

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Ex-Vt. transit chief to push Montreal train link

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to deal with the …

Massachusetts expects to see net savings from Medicaid expansion

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — Many states that opted to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge well beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years, an Associated Press analysis shows. But …

DA’s plan for second trial for marathon bomber prompts backlash

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — After a federal jury gave Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his crimes, survivors of the 2013 attack expressed relief that at least the four-month trial was over. “We can breathe again,” said one survivor. But a state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should …

Cohasset School Committee chairman resigns after arrest in sex solicitation sting

Saturday, July 18, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A lawyer for a 43-year-old chairman of Cohasset’s school committee says his client has resigned following sexual solicitation accusations. Police say Paul Ognibene, a real estate developer, was arrested Tuesday evening in a food court of a Cambridge mall. Court records obtained by WCVB-TV show …

Baker OKs budget; names board to oversee MBTA

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker signed what he called a fiscally responsible $38.1 billion state budget into law Friday, while naming members of a new board that will take temporary control of the Boston-area transit system in the wake of last winter’s crippling breakdowns. The Republican governor used …

Federal law puts islands in medical pot bind

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Baker seeks $28M to fight rise in overdose deaths

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers for nearly $28 million in additional funds to help stem a rise in opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. His request will be included in a separate appropriations bill Baker plans to file Friday after signing the new $38.1 billion …

West Nile virus found in mosquito in Sheffield

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Health officials say West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The state Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the infected mosquito was collected July 8 in Sheffield in western Massachusetts. There have been no …