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In this Saturday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, day-hikers scramble over rocky boulders on the Appalachian Trail below the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine. The sharp rise in the number people using the Appalachian Trail is causing headaches for officials, who say they’re dealing with increasing problems along the 2,189-mile footpath. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Appalachian Trail littered with misbehaving hikers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night’s sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti and people who seemed more … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Name released of fatal stabbing victim SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police have released the name of a 21-year-old man who died after being stabbed on a city street Saturday night. Police said Sunday the victim was David Steven Guasp of Springfield. His death is the city’s 14th homicide this year and the second on High Street. Police said Guasp was stabbed in the abdomen … 0

Amherst group seeks town government change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the name of the recently formed group, which is using the motto “government that works for everyone.” Clare Bertrand, a Town Meeting member and member of … 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

Police: Man forced daughter out of car during chase

Thursday, August 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Massachusetts man is facing 18 charges after police say he forced his 10-year-old daughter out of the car while leading police on a chase, nearly striking her as he drove away. The Republican newspaper reports 28-year-old Gilberto Diaz pleaded not guilty to the charges this … 0

Martha’s Vineyard casino in judge’s hands

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOSTON — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan … 0

Hatfield man pleads guilty to crash that killed friend

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A western Massachusetts man who crashed his car, killing one of his best friends, has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide while drunk and manslaughter. Robert Crowther, of Hatfield, was also sentenced to five years of probation on … 0

Body of hiker 17, recovered from Franconia Falls in Lincoln

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LINCOLN, N.H. — Authorities say a 17-year-old Massachusetts hiker has died after falling into Franconia Falls in Lincoln. Emergency crews searched for Julia Hassan of Lowell for four hours before recovering her body Tuesday. Conservation Officer Jeremy Hawkes said Hassan was at the falls with friends who wanted … 0

Harvard prof’s White House bid to focus on ‘unrigging the political system’

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Harvard law professor wants to “hack” the political system by running for president. On Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig began a crowd-funded campaign for the Democratic nomination, filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Lessig said he plans to set himself apart from Democratic frontrunner … 0

In Mass., some unsure on Iran

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — With just over a month before the deadline for Congress to act on an international nuclear deal with Iran, more than half of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic delegation is still on the fence, according to a poll of … 0