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Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday with a public defender. Lewis is wanted in Massachusetts for a felony charge of sexual assault on a child. Police say the …

Long-serving Boston mayor Menino dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with …

Judge rejects Hernandez request to move trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin …

Police seize more than 100 pounds of marijuana, $1 million in Agawam raid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts continue to investigate after a raid on an Agawam storage locker yielded more than 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash. Police said Wednesday that the 118 pounds of marijuana seized with the assistance of federal agents …

Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Smith College to partner

Friday, October 24, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth will offer its Tuck Business Bridge Program to undergraduates at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. It’s the first time the program will be delivered by Tuck faculty at another institution in the …

Torrential downpours across Massachusetts slow motorists

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Torrential downpours overnight left deep puddles of standing water on many Massachusetts roads, prompting closures, and making for a slow morning commute. State police official tweets Thursday reported disabled vehicles and heavy backups around the state. About three dozen vehicles were disabled on Route 146 …

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture …

Candidates spar on taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to …

Absent judge delays hearing for probation officials

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a hearing on requests from former Massachusetts probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to throw out their convictions in a job-rigging case or grant them a new trial. The hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled …

Massachusetts, other NE states tops for efficiency

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to …