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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, people hold up placards against the Olympic Games coming to Boston, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid, in Boston. Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday, July 27, 2015,  when he declared he wouldn't sign any document "that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics."  That document is the host city contract that most in the Olympics consider crucial to any city's success.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, and said it was a great point of pride that she was competing in her … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the … 0

State and region briefs, July 16

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Holyoke police dog stabbed by robbery suspect recovering HOLYOKE — A Holyoke police dog stabbed by a robbery suspect has been released from an animal hospital after getting seven stitches in its back. Police Lt. Isaias Cruz says … 0

Massachusetts senators hail Iran deal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation are hailing a deal struck between the U.S. and other world powers and Iran. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry deserve credit for working with U.S. allies to reach a negotiated solution … 1

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cape Cod beachgoers help stranded great white CHATHAM — A great white shark that got stranded on a Cape Cod beach is alive thanks to beachgoers who kept it wet until rescuers arrived. Witnesses say the 7-foot male … 0

Study shows Northeast states benefit from carbon cap program

Monday, July 13, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction are seeing economic benefits. The study by a Boston-based consulting firm, the Analysis Group will be presented … 0

State and region briefs, July 14

Monday, July 13, 2015

Massachusetts home insurance rates soar after brutal winter BOSTON — Massachusetts homeowners are paying for last winter’s record-setting snowfall with insurance premiums that are jumping by about 9 percent, much higher than in most years. The increases could … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Sunday, July 12, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 6-10. $38.1 BILLION FISCAL 2016 STATE BUDGET (H 3650) House 153-1, Senate 31-5 and then 36-0, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a conference committee … 0

Lawmakers to hold hearing on tobacco, marijuana bills

Sunday, July 12, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation aimed at tobacco and marijuana use in Massachusetts is the subject of a public hearing at the Statehouse this week. One of the bills would prohibit anyone from smoking in a car with a child in a car seat. Anyone violating the ban would face … 0

Rhode Island beach reopens after mysterious boom

Sunday, July 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island beach reopened Sunday, a day after investigators concluded there was no public threat after an unexplained explosion blast knocked a beachgoer to the ground. Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett was open again to beachgoers, but there was no new information on … 0

Family of missing Conn. guardsman offering $5,000 reward

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ENFIELD, Conn. — A Connecticut family is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that helps bring home a National Guardsman who disappeared on a diving excursion in Thailand. Joshua Devine vanished April 11 from a tour boat headed for the Similan Islands. The reward is expected … 0

State loses bid to toss Boston suit challenging Wynn casino

Thursday, July 9, 2015

BOSTON — A judge has denied the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s request to dismiss Boston’s lawsuit challenging the award of the Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders, in a hearing Thursday that covered three lawsuits related to the Wynn license, also ordered no … 0