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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Service to resume after Amtrak’s Vermonter train hit tree WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Officials say an Amtrak Vermonter train struck a fallen tree on the tracks, causing some passengers to be rerouted on buses to Springfield, Massachusetts. It happened at about 10 p.m. Monday. Officials say the tree fell on tracks north of White River Junction and caused the … 0

Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro-electricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, … 0

Massachusetts Attorney General creates student loan unit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office wants to do more for students and families who face mountains of student loan debt. Healey on Tuesday announced the creation of a student loan assistance unit to help borrowers who have fallen behind on loans or face default. The attorney general also announced that her office was cracking down on what she … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 17

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hampden DA makes homicides a top priority SPRINGFIELD — Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni says he has put additional emphasis on investigating and prosecuting homicides since he took office in January. He tells The Republican he has changed … 0

Top Massachusetts Democrats lining up behind Hillary Clinton

Sunday, November 15, 2015

BOSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is picking up strong support among top Democrats in Massachusetts, while fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders of neighboring Vermont has failed to catch fire among the party higher-ups. The Associated Press attempted to contact all 25 of the state’s Democratic superdelegates to … 0

State/Region briefs

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Public hearing planned for Baker’s opioid abuse bill BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid abuse bill takes center stage at a public hearing on Beacon Hill this week. Baker’s bill would restrict patients to a three-day supply of … 0

New England, Quebec officials urge hydropower push

Friday, November 13, 2015

BOSTON — Quebec and New England officials called Friday for stepped up efforts to deliver hydropower across the U.S.-Canada border to the six-state region, arguing it would lower energy costs and help tackle climate change. Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, said at an energy trade conference that … 0

4 more women join defamation suit against Bill Cosby

Friday, November 13, 2015

BOSTON — Four more women joined a federal lawsuit against Bill Cosby Friday, claiming the comedian sexually abused them and later defamed them by letting his representatives publicly label their stories lies. Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz … 0

Massachusetts education chief calls for new hybrid test

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ education commissioner called Thursday for the state to create a new standardized test for public school students, one that would combine elements of the current assessment with another that is closely aligned with federal Common Core standards. The recommendation by Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary … 0

Officials: Brattleboro fire that displaced 45 is suspicious

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Officials say a Brattleboro fire that forced more than 40 people from their homes is now considered suspicious. The fire broke out Saturday in a 12-unit apartment building at Valgar Street. There were no injuries, but the American Red Cross regional office reported that 45 … 0

Baker, Healey differ on whether fantasy sports constitutes gambling

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — In the wake of the New York attorney general’s cease and desist order shutting down daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel in that neighboring state, Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey appear … 0

Mass. continuing review of daily fantasy sports

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday her review of daily fantasy sports sites would not be influenced by New York’s move against DraftKings and FanDuel, and she expressed confidence that rules could be put in … 0

Rail officials release Northeast Corridor impact study

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — The environmental impacts of a large-scale transformation of the Northeast Corridor rail line would be greatly outweighed by an eventual decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas production, as well as an increase in economic activity and mobility, a draft environmental report released Tuesday concluded. … 0