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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 do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

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 tough as actually landing the games. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston …

State focuses on employers as paid sick time rule starts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put in. …

Dig takes a look at how Shakers interacted

Monday, June 15, 2015

ENFIELD, N.H. — For more than a century, the long-gone trustees building at a Shaker village on the shore of New Hampshire’s Mascoma Lake was where the members of a nearly extinct religious society met the outside world. …

Burial set for American killed in Syria

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — Funeral arrangements for an American killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group have been set for later this week. Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen …

Funeral homes increasingly use dogs to comfort mourners

Sunday, June 14, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sandy Del Duca was mourning the death of her father when Lulu, a curly haired goldendoodle, came bounding down the stairs at the Ballard-Durand funeral home. Del Duca thought Lulu was simply the pet …

Mass. man dies aiding Kurdish fight in Syria

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IRBIL, Iraq — An American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists. Keith …

Boston hires goat crew to graze on city’s overgrown weeds

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston is deploying a team of landscaping goats to chomp down on weed-choked city land this summer. The city is renting eight goats to graze on a city-owned golf course and another four at a wild landscape area. They will eat poison ivy, buckthorn, Japanese knotweed …

State agency OKs mandate on ICU nurse staffing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — A state agency has approved new regulations on nurse staffing in hospital intensive care units. The Boston Globe reports the Health Policy Commission voted Wednesday to require hospitals to limit patient assignments so each nurse is responsible for no more than two patients. The rules …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …

Judge lets protesters remain at closed church

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON — Parishioners illegally occupying a long-closed Roman Catholic church were issued a reprieve Wednesday after a judge ruled they could continue their round-the-clock vigil while they appeal a lower court decision that ordered them to vacate. Mary Elizabeth Carmody, the lawyer for the Friends of St. Frances …

Shortnose sturgeon evolved in age of the dinosaurs, grinds food in unique gizzard-like organ

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are essential facts about the shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) which evolved in the age of the dinosaurs and is unique in appearance and behavior. These primitive-looking fish lack scales and instead have five rows of protective bony plates on their body called scutes. They have a shark-like …

Female same-sex marriages far outnumber male unions in Massachusetts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BOSTON — As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the future of same-sex marriage, the nine justices could consider the experience in Massachusetts, the state with the longest-running real-world test of what happens when gay couples are allowed to …