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Passengers stand on deck of the whale watch boat Cetacea as it docks Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014 at Long Wharf in Boston. The boat snagged a lobster trap rope during a whale watching excursion about 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts late Monday, and had to spend a night at sea before divers freed it Tuesday morning. Two Coast Guard cutters remained with the vessel during the night. No injuries were reported to any of the 157 passengers or six crew members. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel)

Whale watch turns into long night at sea

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83-foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said … 0

City of Revere cleaning up after tornado

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

REVERE (AP) — Some residents remained out of their damaged homes while others continued cleaning up Tuesday after a rare tornado that struck just north of Boston. Monday’s storm hit Revere, a coastal city of about 52,000 residents, with winds of up to 120 mph. The National Weather Service said it was a … 0

Lawmakers: Statehouse needs up to $40M work

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Lawmakers are planning to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the gold-domed Statehouse, which is more than two centuries old. On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million to overhaul the 160-seat House chamber. DeLeo comments followed the Senate’s decision to seek $20 million to upgrade its … 0

Unlicensed mortician had 12 bodies in storage

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units … 0

Mass. Senate OKs sweeping gun bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. The Senate bill had initially … 0

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the city will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation is completed … 1

Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HYANNIS PORT — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. … 0

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to … 0

Jury weighs probation job-rigging

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury started deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies, a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. O’Brien and the deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, are accused of a … 0

State Senate approves abortion clinic safety bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill was recommended by the Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the full Senate approved it on a voice vote. The proposal would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access … 0

State Senate rejects charter school expansion

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and other urban communities. The House-passed measure was defeated by a 30-9 margin after senators also voted down, by a 26-13 margin, a proposal by Sen. Sonia … 0

State asked to shelter unaccompanied kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 8