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Now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant maintains emergency plan, security measures

Saturday, January 31, 2015

VERNON, VT. — Although the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its employees, emergency plans and security measures remain in place. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Last month, its workforce was cut from 528 to 329. Its fuel has been removed from its reactor, mixed with older, used fuel in canisters and placed in …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision earlier Thursday, speaking …

Bomb suspects’ pal to admit lying to FBI

Monday, January 12, 2015

BOSTON — A friend of the brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon plans to plead guilty to charges of deleting information from his computer and lying to the FBI. A lawyer for Khairullozhon Matanov filed a joint motion with federal prosecutors on Monday asking the court to …

New England electric grid handles increased demand for power during Thursday’s cold

Friday, January 9, 2015

While temperatures dipped below zero early Thursday, the demand for electricity peaked, bringing the region’s power needs closer to the capacity of the electric grid being managed by ISO-New England. Yet the 8:15 a.m. morning ramp of 19,693 megawatts and the 5:45 p.m. peak of 20,722 megawatts, which …

Charlie Baker takes oath as Massachusetts governor: ‘Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored’

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — Placing his hand on the family Bible, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker took his oath of office Thursday and said in his inaugural speech that some of the state’s toughest challenges have been pushed aside or ignored. …

ACLU: Fear stymies appeals in drug scandal

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — None of the tens of thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a Massachusetts lab tampered with evidence should face the possibility of a harsher sentence if they seek a new trial, the American Civil Liberties Union argued Thursday. The case before …

Lawyers in underage sex case sue Dershowitz

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MIAMI — Prominent American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a detailed denial of a woman’s claims he had sexual contact with her when she was underage in a case also involving Britain’s Prince Andrew — and now her …

Judge will let jurors see Hernandez’s trophy case

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors won’t be permitted to cover up a trophy case in Aaron Hernandez’s home when jurors visit it during the former New England Patriots star’s murder trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Assistant District Attorney William …

$18M seized from principals at compounding pharmacy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BOSTON — Authorities have seized over $18 million from the owners of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the funds were seized from 13 different financial institutions as a result of seizure …

Jury selection starts in Boston bombing

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — Some of the prospective jurors who could decide Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate got their first look Monday at the young man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, and they seemed transfixed by the sight of the shaggy-haired …

Two more women join Cosby suit

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — Two women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offenses decades ago have joined a defamation lawsuit, contending he publicly branded them as liars through statements by his representatives. The amended complaint was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, in western Massachusetts, where Cosby has a …

Baker names child welfare chief

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — A child welfare specialist who led an outside examination of the embattled state Department of Children and Families was named Monday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to run the agency in his new administration. Linda Spears, vice president for policy, programs and public affairs for the Child …