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State and regional briefs

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sign-up deadline looms for health coverage BOSTON — A deadline is looming for Massachusetts residents looking to sign up for insurance through the state’s health connector. People who qualify and need coverage by Jan. 1 must not only choose an insurance plan but pay for it by Tuesday. That includes many people who are transitioning from temporary coverage in the current year. Officials say the revamped connector website has been … 0

Officials working to protect plovers from motor vehicles

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ORLEANS — Piping plovers and off-road vehicles don’t mix well, but federal officials are working with the town of Orleans to improve beach access to drivers while protecting vulnerable plover chicks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Cape Cod’s piping plover population has been rebounding thanks to conservation efforts. Tom Chapman, supervisor of the agency’s New England field office, says there were … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while … 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

Heavy rains, snow, wind hit Northeast

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing drenching wind-blown rain to coastal areas, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states. The storm made for sloppy, slippery commutes … 0

‘Social impact bonds’ sought to aid homeless

Monday, December 8, 2014

FRAMINGHAM — A plan that calls for using charitable donations and private-sector investment to ease chronic homelessness in Massachusetts was unveiled Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick. The “Pay for Success” initiative aims to create 500 units of housing for up to 800 homeless people over the next six … 0

Northeast bracing for heavy rains, snow, wind

Monday, December 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Northeast is bracing for a strong, slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the coast and a half-foot or more of snow to some inland areas. … 0

Baker shares thoughts

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges — from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight … 0

Tips offered to avoid Christmas tree fires

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says fires caused by Christmas trees are not common but can be extremely dangerous when they occur. Coan has issued a series of safety tips to avoid fires during the holiday season. He says Christmas trees should be watered daily, kept … 0