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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick faces reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Patrick officially announced Thursday that four cabinet secretaries are to leave his administration next month and that appointee John Polanowicz is to replace Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patrick reviewing several major bills

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that he’s pleased lawmakers were able to finish work on several major pieces of legislation, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law. “We’re going to take the time that’s allowed by the constitution to actually do the evaluation,” he said. “There’s certainly a number of bills that … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Girl at Market Basket protest struck by car SEABROOK, N.H. — Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Police said the accident happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police said the girl was seriously injured. A hospital spokeswoman said the child … 0

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 … 0

Pipeline proposal stirs opposition in Berkshires

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle reports ( ) that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns. The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of … 0

Police arrest suspect in alleged samurai attack

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOURNE — Police in Bourne have arrested a suspect in an alleged samurai attack. Police say the 39-year-old unidentified victim said he had been stabbed several times by a man wielding a samurai sword early Sunday morning and that the attacker was still on the property. He was … 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