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Storm on Thanksgiving menu

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow inland, could cause delays at Northeast airports and along its busy highways. Precipitation was forecast to sweep in from the south …

With auction set, offshore wind turbines one step closer to reality

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said the auction will be the largest competitive lease …

Warren meets Mideast leaders

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government. …

Boyfriend of ‘house of horrors’ mother says he was in dark

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UXBRIDGE — The man who lived in the basement of a squalid home where the remains of three babies were found spoke out Wednesday for the first time, saying he was unaware of the “inhuman” and “unbelievable” conditions his children were living in because he was not allowed …

Tsarnaev lawyers want evidence on triple killing

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing …

Priest guilty of raping boy at summer camp

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LAWRENCE (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest was found guilty Wednesday of repeatedly raping a young boy in the 1980s at a Massachusetts summer camp operated by his religious order. The Rev. Richard McCormick was convicted in Lawrence Superior Court of five counts of child rape that …

System could protect school in case of armed threat

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

METHUEN — With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at a Methuen grammar school on Tuesday showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat …

Patrick, state officials salute veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently formed group representing …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Gay vets to march in Boston parade

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city’s annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The …

Prosecutor urges jail pre-trial for cross-country rape suspect

Monday, November 10, 2014

WORCESTER (ap) — Massachusetts prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to keep a man suspected of raping women in several states locked up while he awaits trial. Authorities say Gregory Lewis cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Fire in Agawam displaces 20

Monday, November 10, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced more than 20 residents at an apartment building in Agawam. The Springfield Republican reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor unit at the Shibley Court Apartments. Firefighters …