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Powerlines and a tress rest in the street in Pittsfield, Mass., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, after the winter storm on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan)

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could …

Federal regulators approve request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to increase winter capacity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to pump more water from the Connecticut River, boosting storage capacity at its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 feet of capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through March 31 to address winter electricity needs in New …

Ski areas have extra reason to celebrate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing …

States working to repair hobbled health care websites

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed …

Protesters hope weekend rally helps kill pipeline plan

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FITCHBURG (AP) — Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit” at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School …

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. seeks 29 percent increase in six-month supply rate

Friday, November 14, 2014

The other shoe dropped Friday for electricity customers in the Valley, with the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. seeking a 29 percent increase in its six-month supply rate. WMECo, citing a “dramatic” increase in the cost of electricity it provides for its 200,000 customers, filed Friday with the state …

Late ‘Car Talk’ host won’t be listed on column

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — “Car Talk” co-host Tom Magliozzi won’t be dispensing automotive advice from the grave as some newspapers feared. Magliozzi, who hosted the hugely popular public radio show with his brother, died Nov. 3. After his death, New …

Taxpayer watchdog blasts judge’s cushy retirement deal

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A taxpayers’ watchdog group is criticizing the retirement deal of the former chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court. Records show that Charles Johnson took a paid three-month leave in January and then appeared in court only a handful of times in the three months …

Rowdy crowd shuts down tobacco-ban hearing in Westminster after 25 minutes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WESTMINSTER — Only a handful of people were able to speak on a proposal that could make the tiny Massachusetts town of Westminster the first in the nation to ban all sales of tobacco products when boos and …

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 …