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Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of questionable breathalyzer results. Officials learned of concerns last month. “So far, no operating under-the-influence cases in the Northwestern District have been identified …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. Prosecutors rested their case …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not attend the Hartford meeting. “Obviously …

Fatal shooting investigated in Holyoke

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HOLYOKE (AP) — Police in Holyoke are investigating the Easter Sunday shooting death of a 30-year-old city man. Officers responded to reports of shots fired on Chestnut Street at about 6 p.m. Sunday. But the victim had already been taken to the hospital in a private vehicle where …

New state law requires headlight use with windshield wipers

Monday, April 6, 2015

BOSTON — If you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights as well. That’s one of the requirements of a little-known state law taking effect in Massachusetts on Tuesday. Under the law aimed at making travel safer during inclement weather in daylight hours, motorists must activate …

High-efficiency wood burners winning converts

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ATHENS, N.Y. — With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers …

Baker hears addiction stories at panel meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — Recovering heroin addicts, relatives of overdose victims and treatment specialists relayed emotional stories Thursday to Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state officials as they weighed possible solutions for the state’s deadly heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Attorney General …

AG: Beef up rules on casinos

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — Concerns that casinos could lead to greater criminal activity led Massachusetts’ top prosecutor to urge the state’s gambling overseers to come up with regulations combating money laundering, human trafficking and other illicit activities. Attorney General Maura Healey suggests that the state Gaming Commission require casinos to …

Judge ends treasure hunter’s bid to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter’s effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks’ company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from …

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the …

Dozens of anti-gun billboards to replace one coming down

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed around the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts …

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can …