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Matthew Schiccatano rides on a snow tube as he launches off of a make shift snow jump on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 on the Shamokin, Pa. Area Elementary School campus. (AP Photo/The News-Item, Mike Staugaitis)

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, including New York and Boston, and the …

Vt.’s new Catholic bishop versed in cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The Rev. Christopher Coyne is known as the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated …

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” …

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 …

Judge declines to move, delay bombing trial

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state. The request was filed with the 1st U.S. …

Donations roll in for Baker’s inauguration

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has collected more than $781,000 in donations from supporters to help pay for his inaugural celebrations. At least 16 companies and individuals have given $25,000, the self-imposed cap that Baker set for donations to his inaugural committee, according to a list of …