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Storm on Thanksgiving menu

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow inland, could cause delays at Northeast airports and along its busy highways. Precipitation was forecast to sweep in from the south …

With auction set, offshore wind turbines one step closer to reality

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. The sale is set for Jan. 29. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said the auction will be the largest competitive lease …

Warren meets Mideast leaders

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government. …

Dukakis’ name added to South Station

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s South Station has been renamed to honor a former governor who has long been an advocate for public transportation — Michael Dukakis. Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday at the busy transportation hub that it will be known as “Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

State bracing for 2 death penalty trials

Sunday, November 9, 2014

BOSTON — As Massachusetts braces for the upcoming death penalty trial of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the state’s other death penalty defendant is also heading back to court: Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from Abington …

Oxford woman refused drink allegedly pulls dentures from bartender’s mouth

Friday, November 7, 2014

DUDLEY (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing charges for allegedly yanking the false teeth out of another woman’s mouth and throwing a beer bottle at her. Caterina Froio-Chaput, of Oxford, was released on $100 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to assault and battery and assault and …

Northeasst Utilities confident that regulators will approve controversial Northern Pass electrical transmission line

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The utility company proposing a 187-mile electrical transmission line across New Hampshire said Friday that it’s confident state and federal regulators will agree to a plan by the middle of 2015. On a call with investors, Northeast Utilities says if the proposal is approved, construction …

Accomplice in student’s rape, murder denied parole

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A woman will stay behind bars for luring a University of New Hampshire student to her apartment as a sex offering to her domineering boyfriend then helping dispose of the body after he killed and …

Three-vehicle crash in Yarmouth kills one, injures two

Thursday, November 6, 2014

YARMOUTH (AP) — One person has been killed and two others hurt in a three-vehicle crash in Yarmouth. Police identified the victim of the crash at about 2 p.m. Wednesday as 79-year-old Robert Froleiks of Yarmouth. Investigators say Froleiks’ car crossed into the opposite lane and struck two …

Outside groups spent $17M in governor’s race

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Super PACs and other outside groups spent almost $17 million to influence voters in the just-completed race for governor in Massachusetts. The data was released Thursday by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which noted that 2014 was the first gubernatorial election in …

State income tax rate cut could fuel budget shortfall

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate — a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget. Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Thursday that Massachusetts appears on track to …

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard …