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Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland thrift store. Spice’s owner was tracked though … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion … 0

Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — In a rarely used strategy to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts regulators may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting limits on how much time and money they spend at slot machines. But the state’s recently licensed casino companies — Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming — have voiced strong concerns over the proposal, suggesting such programs … 0

Speaker rules out local aid cuts in budget

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval … 0

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular … 0

Study looks at Mass. school punishment

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor … 0

Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her … 0

Mass. panel recommends nixing mandatory minimum drug sentencing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — Tackling an issue that could re-emerge in the Legislature over the next two years, a special commission studying the state’s criminal justice system recommended eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for all drug offenses in Massachusetts. The commission also voted to recommend parole eligibility for all state prison … 0

1 victim of Jerusalem attack had Boston roots

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — One of the three Americans killed in an attack at a synagogue in Israel on Tuesday had strong ties to the Boston area and came from a line of influential rabbis, officials said. Rabbi Mosheh Twersky was one of four victims of the attack in which … 0

Group call on Baker to tackle mental health issues

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — An advocacy group is recommending that Gov.-elect Charlie Baker take several steps to address mental health treatment during his first 100 days in office. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness called on Baker on Tuesday to seek parity in the rates of … 0

Fewer immigrants living illegally in Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — A new study says Massachusetts is among 14 states seeing declines in the number of immigrants living illegally. The Pew Research Center examined trends nationwide from 2009 to 2012. It says Massachusetts and New York were the only Northeast states where the numbers of immigrants living … 0

States working to fix hobbled health care websites

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed … 0

Lawyer: Cosby won’t address claims

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several … 0