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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday so crews can do routine maintenance work that includes roadway sweeping, and wall … 0

Vermont Yankee: Shutdown to cost $1.24 billion

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, October 17, 2014

Judge denies Tsarnaev bid to suppress evidence BOSTON — A federal judge has rejected a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) to throw out evidence collected during a search of Tsarnaev’s apartment, … 0

Bishops support paid sick time ballot question

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BRAINTREE — Four Roman Catholic bishops in Massachusetts said Thursday that their support of a ballot question that, if approved, would require companies to provide paid sick time for employees was driven by a desire to maintain the “dignity” of every worker. The bishops, in an open letter, … 0

Massachusetts gets $132M in heating assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. More than $3 billion is being made … 0

Mass. House passes bill mandating CPR training for coaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON — All school athletic coaches would be required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, under legislation approved by the Massachusetts House Thursday. If CPR is administered quickly on someone experiencing a heart problem, they are far more likely to recover from that episode, according to the bill’s … 0

Connecticut governor orders hospital Ebola drills

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday ordered all hospitals in Connecticut to test their preparedness to handle potential Ebola cases by next week, so state officials can see if their procedures are up to standard. Malloy also established a command team to act as a … 0

Mass. shifting to debit cards for WIC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid. Massachusetts this month … 0

Legislators consider law targeting new hallucinogenic

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died after taking one dose of a psychedelic drug cropping up among teenagers attempted Tuesday to convince lawmakers to act quickly to make the substance illegal. Erin Valentine, of East Bridgewater, said her daughter Emily died this past June … 0

Boston officials outline Ebola precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. Dr. … 0

Mass. nurse education program paying off

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. The number of bachelor of science in nursing degrees awarded by public and private colleges … 0