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Passengers stand on deck of the whale watch boat Cetacea as it docks Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014 at Long Wharf in Boston. The boat snagged a lobster trap rope during a whale watching excursion about 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts late Monday, and had to spend a night at sea before divers freed it Tuesday morning. Two Coast Guard cutters remained with the vessel during the night. No injuries were reported to any of the 157 passengers or six crew members. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel)

Lost at sea for a night

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83-foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said … 0

Tribes support changing feds’ recognition process

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MASHPEE — American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government’s plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further. They called for setting a time … 0

Abortion clinic bill sent to Gov. Patrick’s desk

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts is awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The Massachusetts House and Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the legislation that would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic’s entrances … 0

Immigration debate heats up in Mass.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Emotions continue to run high over Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily house children who illegally crossed the border into the U.S., but Massachusetts is no closer to getting an answer from the Obama administration on whether the federal government plans to take the state up … 0

Tornado hits Revere

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, ripping roofs off homes, uprooting dozens of large trees and forcing businesses to close. … 0

New England farmers hurt by Market Basket ongoing dispute

Monday, July 28, 2014

METHUEN — The family feud that has led to empty shelves at the Market Basket stores is having an impact on local farmers who normally supply produce to the regional supermarket chain. Rich Bonanno, whose family operates Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, estimated he was losing $2,000 a … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of July 21-25. CLINIC ACCESS (S 2283) House 116-35, approved a bill filed in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court … 0

Modern day counterpoint

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Mass., says his medical practice showed him … 0

Pipeline proposal stirs opposition in Berkshires

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1khyAmJ ) that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns. The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of … 0

Police arrest suspect in alleged samurai attack

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOURNE — Police in Bourne have arrested a suspect in an alleged samurai attack. Police say the 39-year-old unidentified victim said he had been stabbed several times by a man wielding a samurai sword early Sunday morning and that the attacker was still on the property. He was … 0

Cops: ‘Spider-Man’ slugged officer in Times Square

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NEW YORK — A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The New York Police Department … 0

Police: Family of 5 dead in Maine

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SACO, Maine — Police say five members of a Maine family have been found dead. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the bodies of a father, mother and three children were found Sunday afternoon inside an apartment in downtown Saco. Saco Police Chief Brad Paul says the crime … 0

GOP sees political fallout from probation verdict

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON — Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic party’s tight grip on state government quickly pounced on guilty verdicts against three former state probation officials, saying the case pointed to the consequences of one-party domination in Massachusetts. A federal jury on Thursday convicted former probation commissioner John O’Brien … 0