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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks with members of the media after testifying before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Healey is scheduled to issue rulings Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, on the constitutionality of more than 30 initiative petitions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

AG clears way for 20 proposed ballot questions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year. Attorney General Maura Healey ruled on the constitutionality of initiative petitions filed earlier this summer by residents …

Wills of millions of Americans go online

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold snuff box with the head of George Washington on it and all his fishing tackle. …

Bears killed in Conn. after threats to people

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, Conn. — Wildlife staffers in Connecticut killed a bear in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area of Burlington on Wednesday that was seen on video acting aggressively toward a female hiker, along with a second bear that charged employees Tuesday evening, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said. The bear seen in the video was shot in the same area where …

Police: Woman made threat to get off work early

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was employed so she could get out of work early. Police say 21-year-old Emily Sziribik, who worked at the Wild Oats Market in …

Markey backs Iran deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Wednesday he’s backing the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best tool to secure an Iran free of the weapons. Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, said he’s fought the spread of nuclear weapons throughout his career …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …

Report: Boston Olympics organizers lowballed costs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday. Boston 2024, the local …

Foster home searched; second child gravely ill

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Investigators returned Tuesday to a home west of Boston where two toddlers in foster care were found unresponsive over the weekend and one died. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters outside the Auburn duplex investigators were expected to be at the residence throughout the …

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks 160,000 acres in 4 states

Monday, August 17, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to acquire more than 160,000 acres of land in states along the Connecticut River as part of its mission to protect land and wildlife in a refuge …

Utilities must refund switching fees

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — In response to a bipartisan budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities recently sent letters to Eversource and National Grid ordering …

Healey urges tough action on trafficking in narcotics

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has proposed legislation that would make trafficking a powerful narcotic often added to heroin a crime in an effort to fight the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. Law enforcement officials say fentanyl — an opioid more powerful than heroin — is often …

Governor says case of foster child’s death highest priority

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the case of a 2-year-old girl who died in foster care, days after welfare workers visited and found the girl in good health, has his highest priority and the state is launching its own internal investigation. Officials said The Department of …

Marathon bomber’s lawyers seek new trial outside Boston

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in a court filing Monday that he deserves a new trial in a different location where jurors will be impartial. They argued that, because of widespread outrage in Boston after the deadly 2013 attack, jurors in the …