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BOSTON — State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration … more
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The soft-shell clams that are harvested by hand and raked from the mud flats of Maine are becoming less plentiful, and the downward trend jeopardizes one of New England's oldest and most historic coastal industries.Maine … more
BOSTON — Home care aides work closely some of the state's most vulnerable people -- the elderly and the disabled. But those workers often leave the field after several years to find better paying jobs, and some say the state doesn't do enough … more
BOSTON — While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for re-election in 2018.Cape Cod attorney James "Jay" McMahon … more
BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker planned to sign off Wednesday on a new $200 million health care assessment on Massachusetts employers, pulling back from his earlier insistence that lawmakers tie the fee directly to cost-saving measures … more
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker made a last-ditch effort Wednesday to put a weekend sales tax holiday on the summer calendar, but legislative leaders quickly appeared to throw cold water on the idea.Baker, a Republican, filed a bill that would … more
BOSTON — The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names … more
BOSTON — In 2004, Dudley police investigated what they believed to be a crime: a sexual relationship between a 30-year-old English teacher and a 16-year-old boy who was her student.It was not a crime, Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar told the … more
BOSTON — In the shadow of giant war machines, a tiny rare butterfly is flourishing. Oddly, experts say, the U.S. military gets the credit.The frosted elfin, which flutters along on a 1-inch wingspan, has found a home at several defense … more
CARLISLE — A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.Gleason Public Library director Abby Noland tells The Boston Globe she found the shells … more
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