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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou, in San Francisco. Boston is considering restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and lodging websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey, which allow users to book short-term stays in private residences. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New tech businesses present challenges

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries. Boston, prompted by the arrival of the mobile app Haystack, recently banned … 0

2 trails damaged by tropical storm Irene reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAMPTON, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, forest officials said. Hikers should be aware that both trails are narrower and have some … 0

Inmate death leads to firing of 3 hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier suffered a heart attack after a half-dozen guards strapped him to a small bed at the … 0

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the … 0

Health care spending in Mass. on the rise

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — A new report Tuesday offered a mixed diagnosis on health care costs in Massachusetts, finding that while total spending continued to grow faster than inflation, the increase stayed well within parameters set by the state. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 … 0

Seeing their hand: Gov. candidates on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in the Sept. 9 primaries. A 2011 law … 0

What’s the prescription, governor?

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a difficult prescription to fill for the next governor, given Massachusetts’ rocky effort to merge its 2006 health care law and President Barack Obama’s 2010 … 0

Mass. duo at center of harassment-free speech debate

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous … 0

Low-level tornado comes down briefly in Worcester

Monday, September 1, 2014

WORCESTER — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through on Sunday night. The tornado began at about 8:10 p.m. … 0

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. Ther Berkshire Eagle News reports ( ) that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar … 0

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as independent. … 0

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BOSTON — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

State to fund upgrades for dams, seawalls BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration says it will invest more than $13 million in shoring up many of the state’s dams and coastal seawalls. Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, plans to announce the loans and … 0