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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, Dylan Chestnutt endures wind-whipped snow while walking during a winter storm in single digit temperatures in Portland, Maine. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NE shivers in deep snow, record cold

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, …

Presentation in Turners Falls features before and after images of Swift River Valley

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “Visions of the Past, ” a program comparing photos of properties in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin Reservoir was constructed 77 years ago with current views, will be held March 7 at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. The free presentation by Dale Monette, …

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” …

Federal report contends Massachusetts Department of Children and Families wrongly took newborn from disabled mother

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BOSTON — She was 19, a brand-new mother with a developmental disability. Two days after giving birth to her daughter, the state took the infant away and placed her in foster care. Massachusetts child welfare officials contend the young woman couldn’t properly care for a newborn and insist …

Woman, 9-year-old daughter found hanged in Brockton

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman and her 9-year-old daughter were found hanged Friday in the basement of their home by police officers who later discovered what authorities called “written information” that’s being reviewed to see it if …

Fire in Athol that killed Richard Bogan ruled accidental

Friday, February 6, 2015

ATHOL — The fire that killed Richard A. Bogan in his home at 2275 South Athol Road early Thursday morning has been ruled an accident, according the state Fire Marshal’s office. A second man who managed to get out of the burning home, Bogan’s son, Jacob, was taken …

Man dies in Athol fire which destroys house

Friday, February 6, 2015

ATHOL — An early morning fire killed one man and left another homeless Thursday. Firefighters were called to 2275 South Athol Road about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The single-family home was “heavily involved” when firefighters arrived, according to acting Fire Chief John Duguay. Firefighters went inside to attempt a …

Coast Guardsman shoots 2, ambushes cops on Cape Cod

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOURNE — A Coast Guard member shot two colleagues at a Cape Cod condo complex early Thursday, lit a car on fire to hamper police, planted fake bombs and then opened fire on officers, authorities said. The episode, …

Harvard enacts ban on professors having sex with undergraduates

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language the school said did not reflect the faculty’s expectations on appropriate relationships between students and faculty members. In a statement released Thursday, Harvard said the change came as part …

Police: Lice remedy apparently killed girl

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old child who suffocated, apparently because of a home remedy for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag. A Springfield police department spokesman says officers responded to a city home last Saturday for reports of a …

Baker wants to overhaul state Medicaid program

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that overhauling the MassHealth program will be an early priority as he looks ahead to crafting his budget proposal for the new fiscal year. Baker said spending on MassHealth, the state’s …

Overdose drug’s price spike squeezes first responders

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — The recent spike in the cost of a drug used to reverse heroin overdoses is making it difficult to keep Massachusetts first responders stocked with the lifesaving remedy, Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday. Healey’s office sent a letter to California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. asking for …

Victim’s family members testify during Hernandez murder trial

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FALL RIVER — The judge overseeing the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez warned the victim’s mother to not cry on the stand in front of jurors Wednesday, a reference to the two previous days she left …