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State / Region

Out of the ordinary

Friday, August 28, 2015

Benedictine monk relaxing atop wind turbine spotted by drone PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air. Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey School’s wind turbine — as he often does — when a drone zoomed in. Video taken by the drone, owned by a … 0

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 … 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

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

New England ratepayers warm to mild summer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The mild summer so far has allowed New Englanders to often turn off their air conditioners, helping cut costs with reduced demand for electricity. An abundance of natural gas and more efficient power plants have helped reduce the wholesale price of energy, a respite from … 0

Massachusetts gas prices drop 6 cents per gallon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped 6 cents in the past week, and is now down 20 cents in the past month. AAA Northeast announced Tuesday that self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.52 per gallon. That price … 0

Rescuers help hiker with head wound

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LANCASTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says hikers and a conservation officer teamed up to help a hiker suffering from a head wound near Mt. Moriah. The department says 41-year-old Elizabeth Brown of Massachusetts suffered a cut after hitting a low-hanging tree limb on … 0