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Len Stanley, of St. Mary's County, Maryland, carries a piece of wooden block, which will support the I-beam rail that the Gay Head Lighthouse is resting on, in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The 160-year-old lighthouse started a multi-day trek to a new home slightly further inland.   The $3 million effort to move and save the structure was due to fear that it could tumble down a rapidly-eroding cliffside. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse begins move inland

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AQUINNAH — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march back from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday. Powerful hydraulic pistons inched the 160-year-old Gay Head Lighthouse about 5 feet at a time along steel rails lathered with soap, starting just before noon. By midafternoon, it had moved more …

Portman tells new Harvard graduates to take chances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class Day, cited her work in “Black Swan” as an example of a time she didn’t …

Prosecutors seek seven-year prison sentence for Boston Marathon bomber’s friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have prevented a university police officer’s shooting death by helping authorities find Tsarnaev instead of helping him, the officer’s family said in a court filing Wednesday. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier was killed in an encounter with Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Cambridge hours after authorities …

Grisly discoveries point to serial killer in Conn.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — William Devin Howell, a drifter with a lengthy criminal record, was working odd jobs around central Connecticut in the summer of 2003 when several people, some of them women with histories of substance abuse, …

Gun found in hollowed-out Bible at suspect’s home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police executing a search warrant at a drug suspect’s home say they found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible on his nightstand. Police say an officer involved in Wednesday night’s raid in Springfield opened the Bible and found the pages had been cut out …

Doctor says stabbing suspect was high on PCP

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Springfield woman was high on PCP at the time according to a court psychiatrist. Van Dorsey Jr.’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to charges including murder and drug offenses at his arraignment Wednesday in connection with …

Judge orders protesters to end 11-year vigil inside closed church

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday. But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has …

State approves summer electric rates for Eversource, with average customer saving $22 per month

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the basic service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold-weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using 500 …

Jury weighs lawyers’ last words on bomber’s fate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday made their final appeals to the jury that will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as jurors began deliberating whether the Boston Marathon bomber should get life in prison or …

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Feds nix extended disaster aid

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has denied Massachusetts’ request to expand disaster aid for a January blizzard, the first of several major storms that pummeled the state this past winter. Gov. Charlie Baker appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week to extend the disaster declaration …

Concern raised over possible spread of Southern pine beetle to pitch-pine forests in Montague Plains

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s a long way from the home it has known for decades, but the Southern pine beetle has made it as far north as Connecticut, leaving experts to wonder whether it will spread to pitch-pine forests like Lake …

Healey reviewing pay equity

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that her office will allow new parents to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, including parents who adopt or participate in foster care. She also said …