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A New York City snowplow, loaded with salt, sits parked in midtown Manhattan as light snow falls, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Northeast residents are girding for a heavy snowstorm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze Northeast US with up to 3 feet of snow

Monday, January 26, 2015

NEW YORK — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity in New York City by midafternoon as …

Gov. Charlie Baker declares state of emergency, bans non-essential motor vehicle travel after midnight

Monday, January 26, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel during the approaching blizzard. Baker said Monday the state of emergency is effective immediately and the non-essential travel ban goes into effect at midnight. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it is prepared with 4,000 road crews at the ready, along with 250,000 …

Population centers prepare for worst as major storm descends

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, …

Search begins for jury to try marathon suspect

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BOSTON — His accusers brandish a confession scribbled inside a boat during an intensive manhunt and a video they say shows him placing a backpack with a bomb a few feet from a little boy who died when …

Edward Brooke, Mass. Republican and first black elected US senator, dies at 95

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BOSTON — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his …

Federal appeals court will not delay or move trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Saturday, January 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The trial of marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can begin as scheduled Monday in Boston after a federal appeals court ruled that the defense had not met the “extraordinary” standard required to justify its intervention. …

Salem woman sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison for slashing throats of her two children

Friday, January 2, 2015

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who slashed her two children’s throats — before dousing them with lighter fluid and setting fire to their apartment — was sentenced Friday to 20 to 25 years in prison. Tanicia Goodwin, 27, of Salem, pleaded guilty to armed assault with intent …

Massachusetts Legislature faces budget shortfall as first major challenge of new term

Friday, January 2, 2015

BOSTON — With a new leadership team taking the helm in the Senate and a new Republican administration moving in down the hall, Massachusetts lawmakers get back to work next week with a state budget shortfall looming as the first pressing challenge of their two-year session. Democratic Gov. …

Cougar expert: Cats could return to Northeast US

Thursday, January 1, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont animal tracker known nationally for her expertise in tracking cougars believes the big cats will eventually return to the Northeastern United States and neighboring parts of Canada, but she says the region won’t …

US wants bombing suspect’s trial in state

Thursday, January 1, 2015

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday reiterated their opposition to moving the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s trial out of state and said in a court filing that jury selection should begin as planned on Monday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers want a federal appeals court to overturn a judge’s decision …

U.S. Rep. Kennedy reflects on his first term

Thursday, January 1, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is wrapping up his first term in Congress, saying he remains committed to the bread and butter of local constituent services while batting down talk of future higher office. In an interview …

New realities for state economy will be rough on cities, towns

Thursday, January 1, 2015

When he visited the region a couple of months ago, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael J. Widmer warned of clouds on the state’s fiscal horizon. “It’s a huge uncertainty,” said the outgoing head of the 82-year-old, non-partisan public-policy organization about the potential for cuts in local aid, as …

STATE BRIEFS

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Officer runs over Longmeadow man in road CHATHAM (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say an officer responding to an emergency call ran over and apparently killed a man lying in a road early New Year’s Day. Police in Chatham, a town on Cape Cod, say the incident happened …