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Gov. vows to reduce number of homeless families

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker wants to put $20 million into an “End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund.” The goal would be to get the 5,000 homeless families living in shelters or hotels into permanent housing while preventing others from slipping into homelessness. Baker said his budget plan would maintain current … 0

Boston starts removing parking space-savers

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians have another reason to be steamed about this winter of epic snow: The city is starting to remove the lawn chairs, milk crates, coolers and other stuff that people put on the street to reserve the parking spaces they’ve dug out. Garbage haulers began collecting the “space savers” Monday after … 0

4 Northampton massage businesses under investigation

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton police say four city businesses that offer massages and other spa treatments are under investigation to determine whether they also offered sexual contact for money. Capt. Jody Kasper says the investigation began last April when police received a report that one of the businesses was offering sexual contact for money. The ensuing investigation included surveillance, interviews with witnesses and victims … 0

Apartment roof collapses displace 500 to 700 people

Monday, February 16, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — City officials are helping 500 to 700 displaced residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after two partial roof collapses at an eight-building apartment complex due to too much snow. Contractors were clearing snow off the roofs of the Patriots Park Apartments on Monday before starting on … 0

NE colleges embrace sustainable seafood label

Monday, February 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine science institute wants students at New England colleges to know if the seafood in their school cafeterias was pulled from the region’s waters. The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges … 0

Judge in Boston bombing case says he is close to forming a jury pool

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — The federal judge in the Boston Marathon bombing case says he has found 54 of the 70 people needed for a suitable jury pool, and a court official predicted testimony would begin in the “near future.” … 0

Skier found after going off trail at Vermont’s Killington

Monday, February 16, 2015

KILLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont State Police say a skier is safe after he left a trail at the Killington ski resort and became lost. Police say 27-year-old Benjamin Levine of Pittsburgh called 911 at about 12:20 p.m. Sunday to say he had unintentionally skied off a trail and … 0

Snow and cold keep grip on region

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who … 0

Multi-car crash closes I-95 west of Boston

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WALTHAM — About 20 vehicles slammed into one another during a snow squall Sunday afternoon in a pileup that temporarily closed southbound Interstate 95 west of Boston, state police said. The crash happened at about 3 p.m. near exit 27 in Waltham. Several people incurred minor injuries. State … 0

Resorts hope skiers flock to region

Sunday, February 15, 2015

FAYSTON, Vt. — Ski resorts are expecting visitors to flock to the mountains of northern New England and upstate New York for rare powder as the snow-shrouded region heads into the mid-winter school break, a prime period for … 0

Health Connector extends sign-up deadline by 1 week

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Connector is extending the deadline to complete an application and pick a health plan until Feb. 23. The deadline had been Feb. 15, but officials pushed it back a week because heavy snowstorms have made it hard for some people to sign up … 0

Vermont woman who helped husband kill prep teacher gets life

Friday, February 13, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — A woman convicted along with her husband of killing a prep school teacher in 2012 after they decided “to get a girl” was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. … 0

Health Connector payment system frustrating consumers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOSTON — The Bay State’s health insurance website is improving but remains a work-in-progress, with an online payment system that is causing frustration for consumers, state officials said Thursday. Consumers continue to experience long wait times due to heavy volumes at call centers. “There is significant work left” … 0