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Powerlines and a tress rest in the street in Pittsfield, Mass., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, after the winter storm on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan)

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could …

Federal regulators approve request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to increase winter capacity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to pump more water from the Connecticut River, boosting storage capacity at its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 feet of capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through March 31 to address winter electricity needs in New …

Ski areas have extra reason to celebrate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing …

Patrick, state officials salute veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently formed group representing …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Gay vets to march in Boston parade

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city’s annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The …

Prosecutor urges jail pre-trial for cross-country rape suspect

Monday, November 10, 2014

WORCESTER (ap) — Massachusetts prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to keep a man suspected of raping women in several states locked up while he awaits trial. Authorities say Gregory Lewis cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Fire in Agawam displaces 20

Monday, November 10, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced more than 20 residents at an apartment building in Agawam. The Springfield Republican reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor unit at the Shibley Court Apartments. Firefighters …

Dukakis’ name added to South Station

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s South Station has been renamed to honor a former governor who has long been an advocate for public transportation — Michael Dukakis. Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday at the busy transportation hub that it will be known as “Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

State bracing for 2 death penalty trials

Sunday, November 9, 2014

BOSTON — As Massachusetts braces for the upcoming death penalty trial of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the state’s other death penalty defendant is also heading back to court: Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from Abington …

Oxford woman refused drink allegedly pulls dentures from bartender’s mouth

Friday, November 7, 2014

DUDLEY (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing charges for allegedly yanking the false teeth out of another woman’s mouth and throwing a beer bottle at her. Caterina Froio-Chaput, of Oxford, was released on $100 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to assault and battery and assault and …