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Shoppers encounter empty shelves as they shop Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Market Basket supermarket in Haverhill, Mass. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

Family feud sparks revolt at Market Basket supermarket chain

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. A workers’ revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from … 0

Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview with National Public Radio, Neal said there were at least two reasons why the base … 0

US plans seismic testing of sea floor off E. Coast

Friday, July 25, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer. The U.S. Geological Survey plans this summer and next to map the outer limits of the continental shelf, … 0

Police seek suspect in Greenfield armed robbery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are seeking a man who entered the Planet Gas station Tuesday morning with a bandanna over his face and a pistol in his hand and left with money. No arrests had been made at press … 0

Prosecutors: 3 ‘cheated’ Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies who prosecutors say rigged the agency’s hiring process to favor applicants backed by powerful state lawmakers. O’Brien, … 0

Energy a focus as region’s premiers meet in NH

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states said Monday that delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues … 0

Probation case heads to jury

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has denied a request by lawyers for former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to find them not guilty or declare a mistrial. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Young on Monday means the case against the three defendants … 0

Suspect held in fatal Holyoke stabbing; city’s first homicide of 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A 40-year-old Holyoke man has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing another man after an argument. Jorge Rodriguez-Nieves was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge Monday in Holyoke District Court. Police say 33-year-old Angel David Morales was stabbed in the … 0

Hernandez cousin to admit contempt

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FALL RIVER — The cousin of Aaron Hernandez who was charged with criminal contempt after refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted the former New England Patriot intends to change her plea to guilty, her lawyer said Monday. Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, had pleaded not … 0

Man’s body found in Westfield River by two fishermen

Monday, July 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A man’s body has been found at the bottom of the Westfield River by two fishermen, police report. Officer Charles Kielbasa told The Westfield News the fishermen saw the man lying face-down in about 5 feet of water near the Whitney Playground on Monday afternoon. … 0

Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate … 0

Bill on tap to strengthen abortion clinic safety

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A bill intended to address the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law is expected to be filed this week. The high court last month tossed out the law that established 35-foot protest-free “buffer zones” around the entrances of abortion … 0

State probation trial final arguments set

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON — The federal trial of former state probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies could be heading to the jury soon. The prosecution rested its case Friday and the defense opted not to call any witnesses, including O’Brien. O’Brien and two deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, … 0