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Mack Ralbovsky, left, of the Rainforest Reptile Shows, gets assistance from Vermont game wardens Tim Carey, center, and Wes Butler as they remove a reticulated python, between 17 and 18 feet long, from the home of Pat Howard Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in North Clarendon, Vt. Howard got the female snake and a slightly smaller male on Sunday from a person in New York, but turned them over to game wardens because he doesn't have a license to keep them and they are too big. The wardens sent the snakes to the Rainforest Reptile Shows in Massachusetts, which will care for them. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring) (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows with help from three Vermont game wardens was a female between 17 … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Iconic Northampton store to open cafe at site NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty … 0

State and Region Briefs, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Health insurance rates to spike for 300,000 in Mass. merged market BOSTON — Health insurance base rates are poised to spike for about 300,000 people in Massachusetts. Division of Insurance regulators, who recently reviewed small group and individual plans in the so-called merged market, concluded that base rates will increase by an average … 0

Rape case reveals prep school sordid ‘tradition’

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — St. Paul’s School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Officials probe death of 1 foster child AUBURN — State officials and police are investigating why a foster child died and another has been hospitalized after they were reported unresponsive at their foster home outside of Worcester. Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Andrea Grossman said in a … 0

Hands-free law: Mass. next in line?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BOSTON — Welcome to Massachusetts signs can mean more to drivers than just crossing a state line. For some, they also signal that it’s OK to pick up their cell phones, punch in a phone number and make a call. That’s because all the Bay State’s immediate neighbors … 0

Gloucester: 109 have sought addict amnesty

Friday, August 14, 2015

GLOUCESTER — The young woman nursing a fresh black eye has come to the police station in this old fishing city for help. But she’s not looking to report a crime or seek someone’s arrest. She wants help … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Friday, August 14, 2015

Vt. appeals decision about use of nuke cleanup fund MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont is appealing federal regulators’ decision to allow the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to draw from a decommissioning trust fund to help pay … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Aug. 10 to 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on roll calls from prior legislative sessions before the summer recess. All roll calls are on Gov. Charlie Baker’s vetoes of funding in the $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget. … 0

Healey remains strong backer of Planned Parenthood

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — The renewed national focus on Planned Parenthood is highlighting Attorney General Maura Healey’s strong support of the group. Planned Parenthood has come under scrutiny after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos that raised questions about whether the … 0

Harvard student loses Facebook gig for app that shows flaws

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application from his dorm room that exploited privacy flaws on the company’s mobile messenger. Aran Khanna’s app — called Marauder’s … 0

5 dead in 4 Boston area shootings

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — Five people were killed in four shootings in Boston and its suburbs late Wednesday and early Thursday, including a 21-year-old woman authorities believe was an unintended target, officials said. Three young men were killed in two shootings in Boston just minutes apart Wednesday night, drawing condemnation … 0

Massachusetts court affirms anti-human trafficking law

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — The constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that targets sex trafficking was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court, which rejected claims by two men that the statute was vague and its scope too broad. The Supreme Judicial Court said in a unanimous opinion that the 2011 … 0