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2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims. Judge William Young set the date Wednesday for Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and David Wright, of Everett, Massachusetts. Defense attorneys sought the extra time to review thousands of documents and computer records. The men have …

Appeals court upholds ex-FBI agent’s murder conviction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MIAMI — A divided appeals court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a former FBI agent in the 1982 slaying of a Florida gambling executive in a case connected to imprisoned New England mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The full 3rd District Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of ex-agent John Connolly reversed that of a three-judge panel of the same …

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, saying that while …

Police say cause of RI beach blast may remain a mystery

Monday, July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened. “It could be a …

Home insurance rates soar

Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts homeowners are paying for last winter’s record-setting snowfall with insurance premiums that are jumping by about 9 percent, much higher than in most years. The increases could translate to an additional $100 on the average Massachusetts premium of $1,150, according to The Boston Globe. …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Monday, July 13, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The …

Gov. Baker enjoys brisk fundraising

Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker won’t face re-election for another three years, but he’s already stockpiled more in campaign donations than his two recent predecessors in the governor’s office. During the first six months of the year, Baker raised nearly $940,000 for his campaign account, according to an …

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 …