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In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photo Syrian refugee Ahmad Alkhalaf, 9, sits on a prayer rug in a mosque in Sharon, Mass. Ahmad, who arrived in the Boston area this past summer for medical treatment, said he used to have restless nights when he would relive his mother’s screams from the night a bomb killed three of his siblings and left him without arms. But those sounds, he said, have largely faded. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Experts fear refugee mental health needs may overwhelm

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in denial about, is the need to … 0

3rd Mass. justice in 1 week announces retirement

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice Fernande Duffly said Wednesday she would retire in July, making her the third member of the state’s highest court in the past week to announce plans to leave the bench and providing Gov. Charlie Baker a rare chance to shape the court’s long-term future. Duffly, 66, is four years shy of the state’s mandatory retirement age … 0

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Massachusetts reports highest child abuse, neglect rates in the nation BOSTON — Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year. The federal figures reported in The Boston Globe show that Massachusetts reported 31,863 victimized children to the U.S. … 0

Guns, drugs and car crashes: Why Americans die younger

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan. This can be attributed, in part, to three of the darker elements of life in the U.S.: gun violence, drug overdoses and death on the … 0

Warren’s hard choice: Clinton or Sanders?

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — A coy Elizabeth Warren is withholding an endorsement of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for now and using her leverage as liberal icon to focus the two Democratic presidential rivals on her populist agenda. On the … 0

Cape Cod set for foot of snow in blizzard conditions, while local area sees little accumulation

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop more than a foot of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a … 0

Mass. bill would let addicts turn in drugs without fear of prosecution

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — Special kiosks set up at some police stations collect unwanted and unused prescription medication, and some departments accept unwanted guns and ammunition on dedicated takeback days. Massachusetts police departments could next become a point for addicts … 0

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big New England electrical transmission project gets boost MONTPELIER, Vt. — A proposal to lay a 1,000-megawatt power line from the Canadian border down Lake Champlain and then across Vermont to Ludlow is taking another big step forward. … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east BOSTON — Forecasters say parts of New England could get the brunt of a snowstorm that’s heading for the east coast. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a … 0

Watershed moment for NE energy?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Feb. 1 to 5, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Feb. 1 to 5. RAINY DAY FUND (S 61) — House 109-43, Senate 31-6, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds … 0

After Rubio stumbles, rivals see opening in New Hampshire

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEDFORD, N.H. — Marco Rubio’s uneven debate performance just days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has emboldened a trio of governors seeking to stem his rise in the Republican race for president. But if Rubio’s rivals can slow … 0