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Heroin deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — State health officials say they are at a loss to explain a significant surge in the number of suspected heroin and opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. State police say there have been 58 suspected OD deaths this month, the same number reported for all of November. Sixteen were in one weekend. The deaths are being reported in urban, rural, and suburban areas across the state. State police tell … 0

Ex-officer charged with DUI 3 times in 11 hours

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former police officer who appeared in court Monday on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times over the next 11 hours. The Connecticut Post reported that (http://bit.ly/1z3iOSo ) 39-year-old John Biehn, of Southington, was charged twice Monday with drunken driving and accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Wallingford early Tuesday. Police say Biehn, a former Bridgeport officer, … 0

UMass president announces leave

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — The president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will leave to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland, the institutions announced Wednesday. Robert Caret will start his new position on July 1. He is succeeding William Kirwan, who is stepping down after serving since 2002 as chancellor of Maryland’s … 0

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees … 0

Baker says heroin crisis is among early priorities

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOSTON — Tackling the scourge of heroin and opiate addiction will be an early priority after taking office, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker said Tuesday as state police reported dozens of suspected overdose deaths around the state in recent weeks. “It cuts across geography. It cuts across class. It cuts … 0

FBI warns of corruption in New England

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — The head of the FBI’s Boston office said Monday he’s concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. Special Agent Vincent Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said the industry’s … 0

Gun maker sued

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been … 0

Cosby briefly breaks silence

Sunday, December 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby broke his silence amid a flood of rape accusations in a very brief interview with The New York Post’s Page Six. Cosby, 77, has stayed silent in light of the more than two dozen women who have come forward to accuse him of … 0

The politics of pardons

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BOSTON — Actor Mark Wahlberg’s plea for a pardon has focused fresh attention on excusing criminal acts — something governors rarely do because it’s so politically risky. Massachusetts hasn’t approved a pardon in more than a decade. Republican … 0

’Layaway Angel’ pays customers’ bills at toy store

Friday, December 12, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Mass. — Shoppers at an eastern Massachusetts toy store are getting an early Christmas present: All their layaway bills totaling $20,000 have been paid off by an anonymous woman dubbed “layaway angel.” Employees at the Toys R Us in Bellingham, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, told … 0

State and regional briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hundreds protest, block traffic at Harvard Square CAMBRIDGE — Hundreds of people rallied and blocked traffic around Harvard Square in Cambridge as they protested two grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the killings of … 0

Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s filed a defamation lawsuit against him Wednesday, alleging he “publicly branded” her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist. … 0

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New … 0