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Christian Urraca uses a snow blower to clear a path outside his house on Burncoat Street as his son, Anthony, 5, follows with a shovel on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Worcester, Mass.  (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Christine Hochkeppel)

Blizzard slams Boston area, coast and central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, badly damaging a vacant …

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze Northeast US with up to 3 feet of snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. In midtown Manhattan near Madison Square Garden …

Gov. Charlie Baker declares state of emergency, bans non-essential motor vehicle travel after midnight

Monday, January 26, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel during the approaching blizzard. Baker said Monday the state of emergency is effective immediately and the non-essential travel ban goes into effect at midnight. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it is prepared with 4,000 road crews at the ready, along with 250,000 …

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, …

Tsarnaev lawyers seek delay over Paris attacks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the …

Bid to draft Warren heads to NH

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Progressive activists hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold their first meeting in the key early-voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday. Members of MoveOn.org and Democracy for …

Baker, Democratic leaders say they can cooperate on budget

Monday, January 12, 2015

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts Legislature signaled after their first formal meeting Monday that they believe the state’s budget shortfall could be erased without a major showdown over spending or taxes. …