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Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to the scene, where they found one boy clinging to the ice and the second struggling to stay afloat. A firefighter attached to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion … 0

Gov.-elect Baker visits west-central Mass.

Friday, November 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central Massachusetts since the election. Baker visited Springfield City Hall, asking Mayor Domenic Sarno how his incoming administration can help as the $800 million … 0

Owl attacks hawk at Vermont LL Bean store display

Friday, November 7, 2014

Owl attacks hawk at Vt. LL Bean store BURLINGTON, Vt. — The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display. Officials say a European eagle owl attacked a Harris’s hawk Friday in … 0

Mass. income tax rate could fall to 5.15 percent

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate — a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget. Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Thursday that Massachusetts appears on track to … 0

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard Crimson … 0

5 Things to Know About Massachusetts Casinos

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law. Plainridge Park Penn National Gaming hopes to open its proposed $225 million slot parlor at the Plainville … 0

Baker wins Mass.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has been elected governor of Massachusetts, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley and three independent candidates to reclaim the state’s top political office for the GOP. The 57-year-old Baker is the former CEO of Harvard … 0

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three … 0

What’s next for aging northeast rail line?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C. to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New … 0

Candidate cited for striking pedestrians after debate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LOWELL — A candidate for state representative in Massachusetts has been cited by police for striking two pedestrians with his minivan just minutes after leaving a debate. Lowell police on Monday cited independent Fred Bahou with two counts of failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. … 0

Entergy defends halting emergency planning after Vt. Yankee shutdown

Monday, November 3, 2014

VERNON — Officials from Entergy Nuclear defended their request to federal regulators to drop much of their emergency planning efforts once Vermont Yankee ceases generating electricity, saying the staffing would cost the plant’s decommissioning trust fund $100 million … 0