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Two men walk across the street in  as seen through the frozen window pane of a cafe on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 during a snowstorm in New Bedford, Mass.  The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.    (Peter Pereira/Standard Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Region Digs Out From Nor’easter

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boston — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continued to mop up from Monday’s storm. And the misery may not be over. The National Weather Service forecast scattered …

Local & Regional Briefs: Wednesday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Convict in Student Killing Denied Parole Concord — A man serving a life sentence for the rape and slaying of a University of New Hampshire student has been conditionally denied parole for a lesser charge associated with that crime. Seth Mazzaglia asked the state parole board Tuesday for parole on a witness tampering charge that’s tied to the 2012 death of 19-year-old Elizabeth …

Vt. AG Drops Probe

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Montpelier — The state Attorney General’s Office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office said on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette Smith and decided to take no action. News of the investigation …

Who Will Be Affected?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jefferson City, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen. Here are some questions and …

A State-by-State Look at Work Waivers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The federal government ended statewide work waivers this year for certain adults receiving aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sometimes referred to as food stamps. In some cases, states were able to retain work waivers for certain …

Mass. Changes How It Approaches Drug Use

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boston — Jail time is out. Treatment is in. Spurred by a seemingly intractable opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of Massachusetts lives in recent years, political leaders have undergone a revolution in the way they view drug users. Even Gov. Charlie Baker — whose old Statehouse boss, …

Blizzard Ranks Fourth Among Worst in Northeast

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hagerstown, Md. — Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 …

Project Aims to Recognize American Slave Trade Ports

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Providence, r.i. — A project aimed at memorializing America’s slave-trade ports is moving to Rhode Island, where some 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched. The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project has been working to place markers at …

Prosecutors: Bomber Lacks Remorse

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gave a stunning courtroom apology when he was sentenced to death in the deadly 2013 attack, but just after he was captured, he showed “the opposite of remorse,” prosecutors said in …

Dems Seek Planned Parenthood Reversal

Saturday, January 30, 2016

West Lebanon — The two Democrats on the Executive Council on Friday called on their three Republican colleagues to reverse their August votes that killed state funding for Planned Parenthood health care services in New Hampshire. The letter from Democrat Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, and Chris Pappas, D-Manchester, …

Lumberjack Trade Taking Sizable Hit

Friday, January 29, 2016

Greensboro, Vt. — In the snowy woods of northern New England and other forested parts of the country, the lumberjack is an endangered species. As markets for forest products change and high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, which themselves …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Health Care Deadline Nears For Vt., N.H. Residents Sunday is the deadline to avoid hundreds — or, in some cases, thousands — of dollars in penalties that can be imposed on anyone who lacks the 2016 health insurance coverage mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. After Sunday, …

Former R.I. Mayor Cianci Dies

Friday, January 29, 2016

Providence, r.i. — Love him or hate him, Buddy Cianci put Providence on the map. A master of both retail politics and publicity stunts, Cianci used his considerable charms and political instincts to win six terms leading Rhode Island’s capital city. Along the way, he and his trademark …