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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinic entrances. Patrick praised lawmakers for moving swiftly to craft a bill and said “women get to choose what to do about an unwanted pregnancy.” The new law allows police to disperse protesters who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals must … 0

Kinder Morgan announces agreements with gas buyers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. parent Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday it has reached agreement with “key local natural gas distribution companies” throughout New England to transport approximately 500,000 dekatherms per day for the Wright, N.Y.-to-Dracut portion of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. Included are The Berkshire Gas Co. and National Grid. Kinder Morgan is continuing to negotiate with additional customers along … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is … 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

State News Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Officer wants lifeguard time counted for pension BOXFORD — A veteran Boxford police officer wants his time working as a lifeguard for a state agency decades ago counted toward his pension. In a letter to a state appeals … 0

Massachusetts agencies to address problem gambling

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BC-MA--Massachusetts Gambling, 2nd Ld-Writethru,246 Massachusetts agencies to address problem gambling Eds: Full story adds details of agreement, comments and background. Associated Press BOSTON — Three-quarters the annual spending of a public health fund aimed at gambling addiction will go to initiatives backed by the Massachusetts Department of Public … 0

US jury convicts O’Brien in Mass. probation jobs case

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of federal racketeering and mail fraud in a case that accused him of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The verdict came after seven days of deliberations in … 0

New Massachusetts law bars shark finning

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts. Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive. They … 0

Prosecutor: Man wanted to bomb Harvard University

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Moroccan man made repeated statements about wanting to bomb Harvard University and Homeland Security offices in Hartford, Connecticut, a prosecutor said Thursday. Prosecutor Krishna Patel says El Mehdi Semlali Fathi made the statements, calling them “aspirational” bomb attacks. Authorities have previously said Fathi … 0

Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? … 0

Gov. Patrick: Plan to shelter immigrant children misunderstood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday defended his offer to provide secure facilities to shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border, saying there remained considerable misunderstanding about the plan. Patrick’s comments to reporters came one day … 0