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House to tackle amendments to $38B spending plan

BOSTON (AP) - Lawmakers have filed more than 1,000 proposed amendments to a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal.

Apr 24
Activist swimmer sets sights on another polluted waterway

NEW YORK (AP) - The clean-water advocate who took an Earth Day swim in the Gowanus (goh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal is now setting his sights on another highly polluted New York City waterway.

Apr 24
Clarification: New England Energy story

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - In a story April 23 about energy policy, The Associated Press reported that five of New England's six governors said they would work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. The story should have made clear that the statement was agreed to by all six leaders, including New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who did not attend the gathering in Hartford.

Apr 24
2 dead, 1 hurt in fiery crash in Swansea

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) - State police say two people have died and a third person was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Swansea.

Apr 24
Biogen results rise, but miss 1Q forecasts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Biogen Idec Inc.Areported lower-than-expected profit and revenue for the first quarter on slower sales growth of its multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera.

Apr 24
2 dead, 1 hurt in fiery crash in Seekonk

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) - State police say two people have died and a third person was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Seekonk.

Apr 24
Attorney seeks special prosecutor in manslaughter case

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for a teenager charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging a friend to kill himself has told a judge that the entire Bristol district attorney's office should be disqualified from prosecuting the case because the victim is related to the district attorney.

Apr 24
Boston transit agency offers free rides because of snow woes

BOSTON (AP) - Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city's public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn't mean much unless service improved going forward.

Apr 24
Biogen misses Street 1Q forecasts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB) on Friday reported first-quarter profit of $822.5 million.

Apr 24
Holyoke man pleads not guilty in soldier's slaying

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Holyoke man charged with murder in the 2009 fatal shooting of an Iraq-bound Connecticut soldier and former high school football star has pleaded not guilty.

Apr 24
Skowhegan board refuses to devalue paper mill

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - A Skowhegan town board has rejected a request by the owners of the Sappi paper mill to lower the taxable value of the property.

Apr 24
3 more prosecutors' offices suspend breath-test evidence

BOSTON (AP) - Three more Massachusetts district attorney's offices are taking action in light of questions about the reliability of Breathalyzer tests administered during drunken driving investigations.

Apr 24
EPA changes plan for New Bedford harbor cleanup

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is changing its plans to dispose of contaminated sediment from New Bedford's harbor cleanup along the shoreline.

Apr 24
$650 million casino proposal put to referendum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - New Bedford City Council has voted to order a referendum on a $650 million casino, hotel and conference center development proposed for the city's waterfront.

Apr 24
Boston Marathon winner Rotich to get Santa Fe parade

SANTA, N.M. (AP) - The city of Santa Fe is holding a parade for a Santa Fe resident who won the Boston Marathon.

Apr 23
Boston's embattled transit agency offering free rides Friday

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's embattled public transit agency is letting people ride for free for a day as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.