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A plush “Cat in the Hat” toy is displayed next to “What Pet Should I Get?,” the latest book by Dr. Seuss, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at a bookstore in Concord, N.H.  The book, released 24 years after the author’s death, includes the same pair of siblings featured in Seuss’s 1960 classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Professor: New Seuss book won’t disappoint

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. — Move over mockingbirds and watchmen. There’s a new Yent in a tent in town. Dr. Seuss’ new book, “What Pet Should I Get?”, features the same siblings seen in his 1960 classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” The book went on sale Tuesday, two weeks after the release of Harper Lee’s long-awaited second novel, …

Gas pipeline re-routed to avoid NY forest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — A section of the planned Constitution Pipeline, designed to bring natural gas to New York City and New England, has been redrawn to avoid a 1,000-acre private forest with fragile wetlands. Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the 124-mile pipeline to bring cheap gas north from Pennsylvania’s shale fields, confirmed the route change Tuesday. Stockton said the change adds almost 3 miles …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper …

Prayers mark anniversary of Lowell fire that killed seven

Saturday, July 11, 2015

LOWELL (AP) — Lowell’s Cambodian community and public officials marked the anniversary Friday of the deadliest fire in Massachusetts in the last two decades with prayers and ceremonial offerings. Several who spoke at a memorial service at the Glory Buddhist Temple said the fire strengthened bonds within the …

Colleges in US and Cuba form partnerships as travel restrictions ease

Friday, July 10, 2015

BOSTON — As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to …

Old explosives found in woman’s garage successfully detonated with no injuries

Thursday, July 9, 2015

GROVELAND (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman discovered a box of what appeared to be old dynamite in the garage of her home. The Eagle Tribune reports police were called to the Groveland home on Wednesday morning. Police photographed the contents of the box and members of …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker files hydropower bill

Thursday, July 9, 2015

BOSTON — Hydroelectric power would become a more prominent piece of the state’s energy puzzle under a proposal filed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The bill submitted to the state Senate requires Massachusetts utilities to work with the Department of Energy Resources to pursue long-term contracts for bringing …

Alternative energy companies increased lobbying as state moved to use more renewable sources of power

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BOSTON — As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill. An Associated Press review of state lobbying records found that in 2005, just …

Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened …

Lenox resort sold for $18M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LENOX (AP) — A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million. The Berkshire Eagle reports that CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The …

Documentary on Market Basket fight nears release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is being edited and is scheduled to be …

Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as …