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Jennifer Bruno gathers belongings inside her heavily damaged apartment the day after a winter storm in Marshfield, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.  The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Mass. Coast Assesses Damage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marshfield, Mass. — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through Massachusetts were on the state’s coastline where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained substantial damage after two 80-foot sections …

Report Outlines State Government Inefficiencies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Concord — The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway — even if the drive is shorter — workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense the department prefers to avoid. But in the long run, the attempt to …

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw barely visible plastic scrubbing components found in personal care products such as soap and facial …

ACA Enrollment Change Has Benefits, Drawbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord — A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials. There are still three weeks left in the current enrollment period, but insurance companies already are scrambling to prepare their 2016 …

Former N.H. Gov. Lynch to Receive Frost Award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manchester (ap) — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who …

Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Versed in Cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

South Burlington — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The Rev. …

Storm Covers Northeast in Snow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible …

Cross-State Snowmobilers Can Ride for Free Next Weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concord — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of …

FairPoint Strike Hits 100th Day Milestone

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 striking workers reached the 100-day milestone on Saturday with workers marking the occasion with events across the region and expressing hope that the two sides will soon reach an …

Opponents Weigh Boston Olympic Bid

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Opponents of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston are looking into a voter referendum, an effort that could jeopardize hopes of bringing the Summer Games to U.S. soil for the first time since 1996. Christopher Dempsey, co-chairman of No Boston Olympics, said Friday that the …

Maine Teacher Sentenced to 65 Years

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bangor, Maine (ap) — A former special education teacher who videotaped his sexual abuse of three young boys, including two brothers with autism, was sentenced Friday to 65 years in federal prison. Patrik Arsenault, 28, who previously pleaded guilty to production and distribution of child pornography, was also …

Tsarnaev Lawyers Defend Use of Quotes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Friday they did nothing wrong by including excerpts from juror questionnaires in their third request to move the trial outside Massachusetts. In a court filing Thursday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers included comments some prospective jurors wrote saying they believe …

Analysts: Mass. Budget Woes Will Continue

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie Baker’s …