State / Region

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday so crews can do routine maintenance work that includes roadway sweeping, and wall … 0

Baker, Coakley square off at chamber forum

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — With the campaign taking on an increasingly sharper tone, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley squared off Wednesday morning before an audience of business leaders over a range of issues, including super … 0

Mass. Maritime Academy says website hacked by Islamic group

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOURNE — Officials at Massachusetts Maritime Academy say the college’s website was hacked by what appears to be an Islamic extremist group. The Bourne school’s president, Rear Adm. Richard Gurnon, said a group calling itself the Moroccan Islamic Union took over the website Monday and redirected visitors to … 0

New England schools face rash of bomb threats

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — School and law enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year. Nearly a … 0

Candidates for governor joust in debate

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — The candidates running for Massachusetts governor toughened their rhetoric Tuesday during their first Boston televised debate with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley battling over health care issues and how best to overhaul the state’s … 0

US investigators expand app that helps catch child predators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the … 0

1,900-pound pumpkin wins top honors

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man’s 1,900-pound pumpkin has won the top prize at a fair and is believed to be the state record. Hiram Watson of Farmington won the $5,500 prize at the recent fair in Topsfield, Mass., which is affiliated with a group called the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

Reports of NE campus sex crimes climbing

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON — New England’s largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year compared with 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward. Reports of “forcible sex offenses” climbed to 289 last year, up from 206 in 2012, … 0

Hospital monitoring doc cleared of Ebola virus

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WORCESTER — A Massachusetts hospital is awaiting test results on a doctor and missionary who was successfully treated for Ebola he contracted in Africa and now is back in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory … 0

Vt. state police resume releasing DUI breath test results

Sunday, October 5, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont state police will once again make public breath test results in suspected drunk driving arrests. The decision comes after a yearlong hiatus sparked by the arrest last year of off-duty Burlington Police Chief Andi Higbee. Higbee’s lawyer released the results of two breath tests … 0