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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday so crews can do routine maintenance work that includes roadway sweeping, and wall … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Friday, September 26, 2014

Maine woman finds 2-headed baby snapping turtle HUDSON, Maine — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the … 0

Beacon Hil Roll Call, Sept. 22 to 26

Friday, September 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question One, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

Mass. gov. candidates meet at forum

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates for Massachusetts governor are each trying to position themselves as the best human services leader for the state, promising to better support those programs and the workers who help care for the neediest residents. The … 0

Mass. officials confirm arrival of enterovirus

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — An 8-year-old girl from southeastern Massachusetts has tested positive in what public health officials presume to be the first of many cases in the state of a rare strain of enterovirus that has caused severe respiratory infection in dozens of children around the country. Public Health … 0

Mass. pro-casino group launches first TV ad

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — The first television advertisement in the campaign to preserve the state’s developing casino industry was unveiled Tuesday by MGM Resorts and its supporters in Springfield, the economically struggling western Massachusetts city where it is planning an $800 million resort. The 30-second spot features comments from Jeffrey … 0

Debt piling up for anti-casino group in Mass.

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — The group attempting to repeal the state’s casino law owes consultants, lawyers and supporters about $440,000 and has less than $11,000 in cash. Repeal the Casino Deal is attempting to strike the law that has so far allowed for a slots parlor license at Plainridge Racecourse, … 0

Afghan soldiers found

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that … 0

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an … 0

Baker, Coakley tap into donors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Logan to upgrade terminal to handle large plane BOSTON — Logan International Airport in Boston is changing its international terminal to better accommodate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet. Massport recently approved a $30 million upgrade of Terminal E. Officials say the project includes a reconfiguration … 0