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Olivia Savarino, center, hugs Christelle Pierre-Louis, left, as Callie Benjamin, right, looks on near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during ceremonies on Boylston Street, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Boston. Savarino and Benjamin were working at the Forum restaurant when a bomb went off in front of the building on April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Solemn tributes on bombing anniversary

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack. “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month is unconstitutional. Zobel said in issuing the injunction that Massachusetts appears to have overstepped its … 0

Final votes due on transportation bond bill

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Construction could begin in the near future on several high-profile transportation projects around the state following an agreement reached by legislative negotiators on a $13 billion bond bill. The deal was reached by a six-member conference committee late Monday and was expected to go before the full House and Senate for votes later in the week. The bill would authorize the … 0

House OKs increase in minimum wage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years. The legislation, which passed on a 123-24 vote, would also overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system and provide basic work standards and … 0

State bill looks to stiffen domestic violence penalties

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bail for domestic battery suspects would be delayed and the penalties they face toughened under a bill introduced at the Statehouse on Tuesday that also requires judges to undergo more training around domestic violence issues. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, and state Attorney General Martha … 0

Victim identified in Chester train death

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Police have identified the man who was struck and killed by a train in Chester on Saturday as Jacob Stiles, 21, of Chester. Authorities, who identified the victim Tuesday, still are investigating why Stiles was on the tracks and what time he was struck. Massachusetts State Police from … 0

Boston mayor’s race set state spending record

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The race to replace Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was the most expensive mayoral contest in Massachusetts history. Finalists Martin Walsh and John Connolly reported spending a total of more than $6 million during the 2013 campaign, beating the record of $4.1 million set by Menino … 0

State hits health insurance target

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOSTON — Despite a hobbled website, Massachusetts health officials said Monday that they’ve surpassed federal target enrollment numbers ahead of a key deadline for President Obama’s health care law. While activists in other states were rushing to sign up uninsured residents Monday, the scene in Massachusetts was a … 0

Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew riding in funeral procession

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BROCKTON (AP) — Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine. Benzino, whose … 0

Train hits and kills person in Chester

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CHESTER — A train hit and killed a person in this rural Hampden County town Saturday afternoon, police said. The accident happened in a section of town known as Chester Village, where Main Street meets Lower Prospect Street. State Police Lt. Daniel Richards said troopers responding to a … 0

Some service restored after storms knock out radio towers in N.Adams

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NORTH ADAMS (AP) — City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after cellphone and Internet service was knocked out when radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed amid high winds and heavy rain. North … 0

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Thursday, March 27, 2014

BOSTON — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon sells 1,650-acre forest and water company to Trust for Public Land

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — An expansive local forest, as well as the water company that serves at least 250 residents, could end up in the hands of a national land trust. The Northfield Mount Hermon School announced March 26 the tentative sale of a 1,650-acre forest and the East Northfield … 0