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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks with members of the media after testifying before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Healey is scheduled to issue rulings Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, on the constitutionality of more than 30 initiative petitions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Healey clears most proposed ballot questions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year. Attorney General Maura Healey ruled on the constitutionality of initiative petitions filed earlier this summer by residents … 0

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s $635-million decommissioning trust fund. In a 45-page ruling released Tuesday, the ASLB said it had … 0

State and Region Briefs, Sept. 3

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Med schools to improve training on pain prescriptions BOSTON — Four medical schools in Massachusetts are teaming up to improve training for doctors in pain management and curb the over-prescription of opioid medications. Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the effort on Wednesday with the deans of Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, August 28, 2015

Benedictine monk relaxing atop wind turbine spotted by drone PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air. Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey … 0

2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Iconic Northampton store to open cafe at site NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a … 0

State and Region Briefs, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Health insurance rates to spike for 300,000 in Mass. merged market BOSTON — Health insurance base rates are poised to spike for about 300,000 people in Massachusetts. Division of Insurance regulators, who recently reviewed small group and individual … 0

A search for less-lethal weapons

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FITCHBURG — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s … 0

Boston Marathon bombing juror addresses death penalty decision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin … 0

Single-family home sales soar in July

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts last month than in any month in more than a decade, The Warren Group reported Tuesday. The 7,077 homes sold in the state in July were the most in any month since June 2005, when 7,239 were sold, according … 0

State and Region Briefs, Aug. 26

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

State police investigating SWAT raid at Worcester home WORCESTER — Massachusetts State Police are investigating a no-knock SWAT raid that a Worcester family says was a mistake. The Telegram & Gazette reports state police spokesman David Procopio said … 0

2 men held without bail for alleged threats to Pokemon event in Boston

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Two men from Iowa made online threats against Pokemon competitors — referring to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre — then drove 25 hours to Boston, where they were stopped as they … 0

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter for Northeast

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LEWISTON, Maine — It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmers’ Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication … 0