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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 …

Prof regrets bashing ‘white college males’

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks. Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had …

Brockton residents approve $650M casino

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROCKTON — A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special election. The Enterprise newspaper reported that the binding referendum passed by 143 votes, 7,163 to 7,020. About 32 percent of the city’s …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Famed nun testifies as bomber’s defense rests

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that he expressed genuine sorrow for the victims. “No one …

Mount Greylock focus of new Lent case leads

Monday, May 11, 2015

ADAMS (AP) — Authorities are searching an area of western Massachusetts as part of an investigation of unresolved cases linked to a man convicted of two killings. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said Monday investigators are following up leads related to Lewis Lent. Police from Massachusetts and New …

Conn. officials find 4 more bodies linked to serial killer

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Eight years after authorities first located the remains of three women behind a strip mall, the partial remains of at least four more people have been found. Members of a task force investigating the case are focusing on a single suspect already locked up …

Plastic bag, bottle bans take effect in Massachusetts towns

Sunday, May 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several cities and towns throughout the state have banned either plastic bags or bottles. Some are considering banning more plastic items in the future. But it appears Greenfield may be the first to try to ban …

Ruling could allow debate on state budget tax amendments

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — A ruling by Senate President Stan Rosenberg could open the door to debate over tax changes when the Senate takes up the roughly $38 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts in July. The Amherst Democrat’s position is that the spending plan approved by …

Nepali natives living in Worcester grapple with natural disaster

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WORCESTER — When Deviyani L. Dixit thinks of her homeland of Nepal, she thinks of the centuries-old temples that drew tourists from around the world. Ms. Dixit, 24, who recently completed a master’s program at Clark University and lives in Worcester, said she fears everything special about her …

Tufts students end hunger strike, say protests will continue

Monday, May 11, 2015

MEDFORD (AP) — Tufts University students have ended an almost weeklong hunger strike supporting janitors who face layoffs, but say they’ll continue to protest. The student Tufts Labor Coalition says Saturday the five-day strike ended to protect the health of the four people who had been fasting for …