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People walk through the snow on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Chicago. A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of snow on much of northern New England. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 10 p.m. today …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses could be posted. A 2010 audit found many errors; a follow-up audit last July found …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” …

Snowmobilers Saved From Lake

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Laconia, n.h. — In a daring night rescue operation, firefighters from Laconia plunged into the freezing water of Winnisquam Lake on Sunday night to save the lives of two victims who had broken through the ice. Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said rescue crews from Laconia, Gilford, N.H., …

N.H. Court to Review Death Sentence In Cop Killing

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments for the first time on whether the death sentence given a man convicted of killing a police officer was fair compared to similar cases nationwide. The …

N.H. House Sees Sharp Split in GOP

Monday, January 12, 2015

Concord — The power struggle growing out of Republican Shawn Jasper’s election to speaker — made possible by Democratic support — is on full display in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives in ways both serious and seemingly silly. The new legislative session opened Wednesday with Rep. Bill O’Brien, …

Mass. Braces for Hernandez, Bombing Trials

Monday, January 12, 2015

Boston — Jury summonses have been flying, police have been deploying and the news media has been scrambling like seldom before as two highly anticipated criminal trials get underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial …

Shumlin to Address Vt.’s Fiscal Woes

Monday, January 12, 2015

Montpelier — As Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to give his annual budget address this week, Vermont lawmakers already know the news will not be good. They’ll be looking for $17 million in mid-year cuts and face a $100 million shortfall in fiscal 2016 that begins this summer. So …

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vt. Speaker: No Health Financing Hearing in Jan. Montpelier — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith says he won’t meet a demand by single-payer advocates who rallied at the Statehouse and called for a public hearing by the end of the month. Smith says there may be an opportunity …

Economists: Vermont to See 2015 Job Boost

Sunday, January 11, 2015

South Burlington, Vt. — Some Vermont economists are seeing some bright spots in the state’s economic future, predicting that more jobs will be created in the state this year. That news came at the annual Vermont Economic Outlook conference on Friday in South Burlington. It’s been a very …

Homeless Advocates Want Review of Panhandler Law

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Worcester, Mass. — Sam Torres can often be seen standing on a quiet street corner a few blocks from the bus station, holding a ragged cardboard sign that reads: “Homeless Please Help.” Torres says he’d make at least …

FairPoint Workers in Dark on Talks

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint and its two unions have been meeting for a week but a strict gag order has left more than 1,700 workers in the dark about any possible progress toward ending the strike. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service imposed the order when the parties …

Parties Take a Step Toward Settlement in Train Disaster

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Portland, Maine — Parties involved in a proposed $200 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train disaster that killed 47 people asked a Canadian judge on Friday to give them until September to pin down the details. The court filing in Sherbrooke, Quebec, described for the …