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In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, photo, opposition to a national park is seen on a sign on a road leading into Millinocket, Maine. Reaction to the national park proposal has been mixed. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

National park proposal controversial in northern Maine woods

Monday, October 12, 2015

TOWNSHIP 3, RANGE 8, Maine — The rolling forests where Henry David Thoreau once paddled a river in the shadow of Mount Katahdin are at the center of a fight over a $100 million offer by the founder of Burt’s Bees to create the nation’s next national park. Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of woodlands — and millions …

Quaid, wife detained crossing US border

Monday, October 12, 2015

Actor Randy Quaid could soon find himself in a Santa Barbara County, Calif., courtroom to face vandalism and trespassing charges after he was arrested last week in Canada and again days later as he tried to re-enter the United States. Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid, were stopped at 6:12 p.m. Friday …

James Taylor’s mother dies at Vineyard home

Monday, October 12, 2015

CHILMARK — The mother of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor has died at age 92. Gertrude Woodard Taylor died over the weekend surrounded by four generations of family at her home “overlooking her beloved Stonewall Pond” in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard, the “Fire & Rain” singer said on his website. She died of …

Ex-funeral director gets 5 years for fraud

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BOSTON — A former Boston funeral home director who stashed human remains in storage lockers, gave families the wrong ashes after cremations, and cheated customers out of $150,000 was sentenced Wednesday to up to five years in prison after emotional statements from his victims. Joseph O’Donnell, 57, apologized …

Baker: New protocols needed for kids

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that the state must update the way it handles investigations into allegations of abuse or neglect of children if it hopes to avoid more cases like the death of 2-year-old …

Court: Pot odor from car not a reason for police stop

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The smell of marijuana coming from a car does not give police enough cause to pull the driver over, according to a split ruling by the state’s highest court. The court on Tuesday ruled in the case of a New Bedford police officer who pulled …

Bulger’s lover charged anew

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The longtime girlfriend and fugitive companion of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted Tuesday on a charge she refused to testify about whether other people helped him during his 16 years on the run. …

Sides argue over Wynn casino

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts’ Boston-area casino was the focus in court Tuesday as a judge heard arguments in the state’s bid to throw out a series of lawsuits challenging its decision to grant the company a gambling license. Boston, Revere, Somerville, Mohegan Sun and others, in separate …

Prosecutor: Short life of Baby Doe marked by neglect, abuse

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — In her short, tumultuous life, Bella Bond loved cats, dancing to country music and the color green. Those were but brief flashes of happiness in a life marked by neglect, abuse and a horrible ending, according …

‘Baby Doe’ father says he believes mother not to blame in death

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl identified almost three months after her remains were found in a trash bag that washed up on a Boston-area beach says he doesn’t believe the toddler’s mother caused her …

Massachusetts tribe earns federal land in trust status

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — The federal government has committed to acquiring over 300 acres of land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, a critical step as the tribe seeks to build a resort casino. The surprise late-Friday approval marks the first lands to be federally designated for the Cape …

Baby Doe’s mom arrested, boyfriend charged with murder

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — A mother has been arrested and her boyfriend is charged with murder in the death of a little girl whose body was found inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island this summer, a prosecutor …

Activists press for immigration bill OK

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON — Immigration activists are pressing state lawmakers to pass legislation that would limit how much local police departments can cooperate with requests by federal immigration officers to maintain custody of people suspected of being in the country illegally. The bill would bar police in Massachusetts from arresting …