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9-year-old loses hand while playing with fireworks in Boston

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston. Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood. The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Investigators are trying to determine where the illegal fireworks came from. The state fire marshal’s office says a man was hospitalized with serious injuries to … 0

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CALAIS, Maine — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen … 0

Trail effort marks 10th year

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A volunteer effort to restore and maintain hiking trails on Mount Monadnock is celebrating its 10th year. This year’s projects include constructing new stone stairs on the Pumpelly Trail; upgrading erosion control areas on the White Dot Trail; and adding footbridges and drainage on the Gilson Pond Loop and Birchtoft Trail. Volunteers are welcome to participate for one day or … 0

Tsarnaev says he’s sorry for the first time

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray … 0

State briefs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Small twister touched down in Massachusetts town WRENTHAM — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado struck Massachusetts. Meteorologists say the twister touched down briefly Tuesday in the town of Wrentham near the Rhode Island … 0

Massachusetts launches online voter registration

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it … 0

Deerfield River could host Olympic canoe slalom

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Deerfield River in western Massachusetts will host Olympic canoe slalom if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Games, Boston 2024 Partnership CEO Rich Davey announced today. Boston 2024 is working closely with Olympic … 1

Vt. seeks to challenge NRC ruling on nuclear plant’s waste funds

Monday, June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service is talking to other states about a possible court challenge to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent rulings regarding the use of a nuclear power plant’s decommissioning trust funds for fuel management. Christopher Recchia said Friday that … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Massachusetts shifting how it measures low-income students BOSTON — As the state determines how to move forward on testing public school students, education officials are changing the metric for identifying low-income students, who generally “face more learning challenges,” … 0

Cosby’s lawyers ask judge to toss out defamation suit

Monday, June 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge should throw out a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sex crimes because the remarks were personal opinions protected under the U.S. Constitution, his lawyers said … 0

‘Win an Inn’ essayists say contest was stacked against them

Monday, June 22, 2015

CENTER LOVELL, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest with her 210-year-old country inn as the prize. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday an investigation was opened into whether the “Win an Inn” contest … 0

Open records test for Baker

Sunday, June 21, 2015

BOSTON — Like past Massachusetts governors, Charlie Baker has spoken about making state government more accountable and transparent to the public. One test of that pledge is to what extent the first-term Republican will argue that the governor’s office is exempt from the state’s public records law. Baker’s … 0

State promises improved funeral home oversight

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s chief of professional licensure says the state will improve consumer protections and increase the frequency of funeral home inspections. “We have a pretty aggressive goal that we’ve identified of inspecting all licensed establishments within 18 months,” Charles Borstel, DPL’s newly hired executive director told … 0