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Jonathon Keats poses holding a version of his "millennium camera" designed to make a 100-year-long exposure on the Amherst College campus Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. Keats, a San Francisco-based writer who describes himself as an experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a camera he plans to perch atop a church-less steeple on the Amherst College campus, hoping the device will chronicle climate change by making a 1,000-year-long photograph of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

‘Millennium camera’ going for long exposure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium camera” that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow — to mate and lay eggs, and the resulting …

NE faces lean year for cod

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod. The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine — a 75 percent cut from the current year — will also affect the catch of other similar fish, meaning New England …

House leaders’ $38B budget hikes spending 2.8%

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that calls for a modest increase in state spending and offers the troubled Boston-area transit system more flexibility to enter into private contracts. The House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed budget for the …

Senate moves to break from House on committees

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has raised the stakes in a power struggle with the House, voting unanimously to begin pulling out a legislative process they say gives the House too much control over the fate of bills. Wednesday’s vote authorizes the Senate to draft a plan …

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 …

Search ended for burglary suspect who jumped off Springfield bridge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield authorities have ended their river search for one of two men who jumped out of a car and off a bridge on Tuesday while fleeing police. Police said they were sought in a West Springfield housebreaking in which two men were seen carrying away …

Rosenberg urges change in way bills are handled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the system, which he said gives the Massachusetts House too much …

Former SC lawmaker to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — A conservative congressman from South Carolina whose change of heart on climate change drew the wrath of fellow Republicans and helped cost him re-election has been named the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile …

Obama OKs disaster aid for Jan. blizzard

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that federal disaster aid that the state has been granted for a late January blizzard could bring between $80 million and $90 million, but he’s disappointed his broader request wasn’t approved. “I’m disappointed that they limited the declaration basically to the …

Marathon to retain enhanced security

Monday, April 13, 2015

FRAMINGHAM — Enhanced security measures will remain in place for next Monday’s Boston Marathon, the second since the deadly 2013 bombing at the finish line of the iconic race, authorities said. “This plan will look very much like the plan that was in effect last year,” said Kurt …

Few bombing survivors seek help for ‘invisible’ wounds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other “invisible injuries” that can be just as devastating as …

A long and tortured death penalty history in Massachusetts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal …