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In this July 2, 2014 photo, vacationer Mark McCurdy, of Everett, Mass., examines shark-themed clothing at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham, Mass. Growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs as residents and tourists seek a glimpse of the offshore predators -- or purchase their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more … 0

JetBlue pilot arrested in Boston drug bust

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common. Police said John Manwaring, 42, of Maitland, Florida, and a woman with him were charged with heroin possession. Police said Manwaring told them he … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century because of hunting, with Massachusetts keeping a seal … 0

Vt. extends electric car corridor

Monday, July 7, 2014

MIDDLESEX, Vt. — Driving an electric vehicle between Montreal and Boston got a little easier Monday when Vermont officials inaugurated a new charging station about half way between the Canadian and New Hampshire borders. The new station outside … 0

State lawmakers considering parole for juveniles serving life sentences

Monday, July 7, 2014

BOSTON — Juveniles convicted of first-degree murder would be eligible for parole after serving at least 20 years of a life sentence under a bill approved Monday by a state Senate panel. The bill, scheduled for debate by the full Senate on Tuesday, represented the latest effort by … 0

Kerasiotes, former transportation secretary, faces tax fraud charges

Monday, July 7, 2014

BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary James Kerasiotes was charged Monday with filing false personal income tax returns for 2010 and 2011. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office said during those years Kerasiotes worked as a self-employed consultant to transportation and construction firms. Ortiz said Kerasiotes filed individual income … 0

Hazmat team called in after school worker dies

Monday, July 7, 2014

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Authorities say a custodian has died at a Massachusetts elementary school and several public safety employees who responded to the scene developed symptoms of possible chemical exposure. The district attorney’s office says the man found dead Monday morning at the school in Plymouth was 53-year-old … 0

Hernandez transfer OK’d

Monday, July 7, 2014

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Monday. Hernandez was … 0

Prosecutor: Tsarnaev said martyrs go to heaven

Monday, July 7, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a friend a month before the deadly attack that he knew how to make a bomb and said it’s good to be a martyr because you “die with a smile on your face and go straight to heaven,” a … 0

New law requires prompt action on gas leaks

Monday, July 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A new state law would require Massachusetts utilities to pay close attention to natural gas leaks. The law for the first time creates a uniform, three-tiered classification system for gas leaks. Those classified as Grade 1 leaks would be considered the most dangerous and gas companies … 0

Deputy chief is new Boston fire commissioner

Monday, July 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Marine and 29-year department veteran has been named Boston’s next fire commissioner. Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday named Deputy Chief Joseph Finn the city’s new fire commissioner. He succeeds interim Commissioner and Chief John Hasson, who filled in after Roderick Fraser stepped down … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline protest walk begins Monday

Friday, July 4, 2014

To halt the flow of natural gas through a proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania fracking fields through Berkshire County and Franklin County to Dracut, north of Lowell, opponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project plan a “relay resistance walk” along the Massachusetts route, beginning Monday in Richmond, on … 1