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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, people hold up placards against the Olympic Games coming to Boston, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid, in Boston. Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday, July 27, 2015,  when he declared he wouldn't sign any document "that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics."  That document is the host city contract that most in the Olympics consider crucial to any city's success.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, and said it was a great point of pride that she was competing in her … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the … 0

First offshore wind farm in US under construction in Rhode Island

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield man dies saving sister from drowning WESTFIELD — Officials say an 18-year-old Springfield man was trying to save his 14-year-old sister from drowning when he lost his own life. Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. Friday … 0

Saying farewell to slain Marine

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD. — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a … 0

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him … 0

Taxi crashes into pizza shop

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. Sunday. … 0

USOC asks Baker for stance on Boston 2024

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers. Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city’s troubled bid … 0

Boston Olympics organizers release original, unredacted bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Friday released the full, unredacted version of the bid that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee, after city officials earlier this week clamored for their disclosure. The documents reveal that organizers initially projected the games costing … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, July 24, 2015

Body of slain Mass. Marine returns home to Springfield SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 25

Friday, July 24, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 20-24. There were no roll calls in the House last week. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION (S 1973) Senate 38-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring the … 0

Adams man who allegedly plotted ISIS-inspired attacks indicted on terrorism, assault charges

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — An Adams man has been charged in an indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of the Islamic State group, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Special Agent in Charge of the … 0