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Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a spokesman for the owner of Vermont Yankee, which is slated to shut down in late December. “It just doesn’t make sense,” he … 0

Wynn’s wins Boston casino license

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into … 0

Bombing suspect’s lawyers: Didn’t pose as FBI

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) are denying as “false” and “preposterous” an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia. Prosecutors said the allegation came from the Russian government, which expelled the investigators. It was included in a court filing Friday opposing a defense request to delay Tsarnaev’s Nov. … 0

Healey Dem pick for AG

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Maura Healey, a former state assistant prosecutor seeking to become the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation, captured the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts office on Tuesday, following a hard-fought primary … 0

US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state’s 6th Congressional District. Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts congressman … 0

Gambling regulators to select Boston-area casino

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — State gambling regulators preparing to award the lucrative Boston-area casino license say Wynn Resorts shows a far stronger balance sheet in support of its $1.6 billion casino in Everett while Mohegan Sun has submitted a stronger overall design for its proposed $1.1 billion casino in Revere. … 0

New pipeline fight erupts

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 7, 2014

2 women struck by lightning in critical condition BOSTON — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week OWLS HEAD, Maine — It’s no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. The Portland Press Herald reports Bret Philbrick caught … 0

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan

Friday, September 5, 2014

Soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan NORTHBOROUGH — An Army paratrooper from central Massachusetts was killed this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday. Spc. Brian Arsenault, 28, died Thursday in Ghazni of injuries he sustained when his … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 5

Friday, September 5, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local representatives roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through September 5. The House has held 226 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call … 0

Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

YORK, Maine — Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over … 0

Shark attack petrifies Massachusetts kayakers

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PLYMOUTH — A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who describe themselves as experienced kayakers, say they … 0