In Quebec, it’s power versus a people on hydroelectricity

As state officials plan to announce whether they will buy more hydropower from Canada, the indigenous peoples of the region are worried about the impact of that additional energy to be exported across the border.

Public employee unions are criticizing a state plan to limit their health insurance options.

Public employee unions cry foul after state cuts health insurance options

Health plans from Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and Fallon Health no longer will be available.

The Philadelphia skyline.


To Philly, with love (no, really)

It’s a confident enough place to re-invent itself while respecting its history. And Philadelphians are the only folks who swear more than Bostonians.

Passengers boarded the Night Owl Blue Line bus at Government Center in 2005.

Starts & Stops

Free bus service? Only for night owls

The MBTA is (again) considering an overnight bus service — with a twist.

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40 percent to 62 percent: The possible decline in the Gulf of Maine lobster population over the next 30 years, because of rising ocean temperatures, according to a new study reported in The Portland Press Herald.

Is a hat blessed by Pope Francis helping the Patriots win?

Joseph Ventimiglia said his uncle believes the hat, which he was holding when he met Pope Francis, might bring New England good fortune during the Super Bowl.

Beware of Super Bowl ticket scams, BPD warns

Boston police officials are warning the public not to get blindsided by Super Bowl ticket scams before the big game Feb. 4.


The demise of a Massachusetts dairy farm

Massachusetts dairy farms are being thinned out by a combination of development pressures and complex economics.

A man tried to sneak $10,000 past Logan Airport agents by sewing cash into his pants. He failed

Customs agents seized more than $29,000 from a 51-year-old man who flew into Logan International Airport Thursday.

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The word “commonwealth” is used to refer to the state of Massachusetts at the State House, in courthouses, and in city and town halls.

Why do we call Massachusetts a ‘commonwealth’? Blame John Adams

Governor Charlie Baker is slated to give the State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. And inquiring minds are probably asking themselves why the state is called that.

On Tuesday, troopers assigned to the state fire marshal's office were at the scene of the barn fire at 755 Concord St. in Holliston that claimed the lives of dozens of animals Sunday.

19 animals survived deadly Holliston barn fire

Two roosters, four hens, four ducks, two rabbits, and seven pigs managed to survive the deadly blaze.

Governor Charlie Baker has appointed an 18-member transportation panel after a report last year suggested Massachusetts is not financially prepared for changes to the climate and how people get around.

Baker launches commission to study transportation needs

The 18-member panel will report back in December on the state’s needs.

Charles River Esplanade bans anything Philadelphia-related from park — including eagles

It’s not just the birds that are banned — Eagles apparel, cheesesteaks, cracked copper bells, and actors Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone were also banned.

The fog and icy conditions were expected to give way to heavy rain and strong gusting winds in Greater Boston and across the state later Tuesday.

Caution urged as freezing rain falls, causing highway crashes

Some roads turned into skating rinks Tuesday morning as freezing rain fell on portions of Massachusetts.

State trooper suspended in no-show payroll probe

A State Police trooper has been suspended without pay since April amid the agency’s internal probe of possible payments for unworked shifts.

After Dr. Anita Kurmann’s death, a ghost bike was left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, where she was struck and killed.

Bicycle group says driver was responsible in fatal Back Bay bike crash in 2015

The group contends Boston police should not have cleared the operator of a tractor-trailer whose vehicle collided with a Swiss research doctor bicycling to work.

Oil spill kills seven seabirds in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor

The US Coast Guard is investigating the cause of an oil spill in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor that killed at least seven ducks, cormorants, and other seabirds Sunday.

Quincy man, 50, identified as person killed when car flew over Wollaston seawall

The crash that sent the sedan over the sea wall and onto the sand on Wollaston Beach 10 feet below.

Maine official fired for white separatist comments to get $30,000 payout

Tom Kawczynski made comments bashing Islam and called for the preservation of white European heritage in northern New England.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017 file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs the Capitol after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

You’ve heard about Robert Mueller’s ‘killer’ lawyers, but never seen them. Here’s video

You know that Robert Mueller has a team of crack lawyers. But have you ever seen any of them? Here’s video.

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Man accused of pulling gun on tree crew after argument with his mom

Police said they recovered two sets of brass knuckles from his pocket, as well as a BB gun.

Flash freeze sends Sutton school bus careening down hill

A school bus carrying about 20 middle and high school students slid down Peach Tree Drive in Sutton Tuesday morning, taking out three mailboxes and hitting a car at the bottom.

Photos: The Betsiamites River in Québec

In and around this old paper mill town about 400 miles northeast of Montreal, the indigenous peoples of the region harbor major concerns about the environmental impact of a hydropower project.

Investigators used a backhoe Tuesday to comb the area for evidence where a grisly double murder occurred last year.

Police searching property that was scene of brutal Peabody double murder

The Essex district attorney’s office said the FBI and local and State Police were searching the property at 19 Farm Ave. after receiving new information.

Man, woman found dead in Montgomery in apparent murder-suicide

The State Police said the man had told authorities over the phone that he “had just killed his wife and was about to kill himself.”

Franklin commuter rail line affected after tractor-trailer slams into Dedham bridge

The crash forced Keolis Commuter Services to alternate train travel near the Endicott station on the Franklin line during the Tuesday morning commute.

Governor Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth speech last year.

This year’s Charlie Baker poised to look a lot like last year’s Charlie Baker

The governor will address his bread-and-butter issues: fighting the scourge of opioid overdoses, investing in education, and holding the line on taxes.

Driver killed while fleeing traffic stop in Quincy

The man’s car went off Quincy Shore Drive and rolled over the sea wall at Wollaston Beach before coming to a stop.

Investigation continues into Holliston barn fire

The barn was inspected by the state Department of Agriculture and the MSPCA about a week before fire, which killed several animals of differing breeds, broke out.

Lawrence man arrested for fentanyl, cocaine trafficking

Danny Raphael Barias is being held on $50,000 cash bail at Methuen Police Station.

Police arrest man for Raynham hit-and-run that injured 3

Police arrested Kenneth Harrington of Middleboro about a quarter-mile from the crash scene as he did after he hid in the backyard of a nearby home.

Boston College defenseman Kevin Lohan (left) battles with Boston University players for the puck during the first period of a game at Agganis Arena in December.

Boston College hockey player assaulted at pizzeria

Kevin Lohan, cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, is “out indefinitely” after being assaulted at Domino’s on Boylston Street.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Wentworth tells its students not to eat those laundry pods

The Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston is warning its students not to participate in the “Tide pod challenge.”

Woman ready to give birth in Maine dies in crash on way to hospital

A pregnant woman was driving to the hospital to give birth when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She died, and the baby is in critical condition.

Audit says troopers may have been paid for unworked shifts

The internal review discovered “payroll discrepancies,” State Police said.

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Walsh exploring litigation against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said opioid companies have put consumers at risk of addiction and he’s seeking information about possible litigation.

Wakefield fire captain faces assault and battery charges

Captain Christopher J. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 18. He’s set to be arraigned Wednesday.

Periods of light rain will accompany a generally warm Monday.

Monday evening’s dense fog, possible icing to give way to a rainy, windy Tuesday

Periods of light rain will accompany a generally warm Monday in Greater Boston.

Eagles fans had reason to celebrate at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Eagles fans are ‘a little more rough around the edges’ — to put it mildly

Supporters of the Eagles, who are awaiting their team’s Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots, have been known to commit their own unnecessary roughness.

A look at notable hospital donations

A look at some notable hospital donations in recent years, following the $50 million gifts to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital announced Monday.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2018. There are 342 days left in the year.

Green, Orange Lines experience midday delays

The Green Line’s C and D branches are experiencing minor delays due to a power issue, the MBTA announced on its Twitter feed on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Phil Scott delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 in Montpelier, Vt. (Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/The Times Argus via AP)

Marijuana to become legal in Vermont as governor signs bill with ‘mixed emotions’

The state is the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of a state legislature.

Governor Baker has concerns about whether alleged sex-assault victims of the ex-Senate president’s husband will feel protected if they agree to testify.

Governor, Senate leader differ over potential for success of probe into alleged sexual assaults

The governor said he is worried by reports that people who wish to tell their story are skittish to do so because they fear their identities will be revealed.

Police nab gas station robber 2 hours after crime

A man who allegedly robbed a Billerica gas station early Monday morning was arrested two hours later in Lowell, according to Billerica police.

Officials identify woman in fatal Tyngsborough car crash

Officials identified the woman who was killed in the two-car Tyngsborough crash as 31-year-old Linsey Putzlocker.

Walker finds body on Salisbury Beach

A walker taking a morning stroll on Salisbury Beach on Monday found a body washed up on shore, Salisbury police said.

The enemy is in the building: Cambridge’s police commissioner is an Eagles fan, police admit

It’s going to be a long two weeks at the department’s headquarters.

Police blocked off the scene of a fatal shooting on Whittier Street in Roxbury, near Boston Police headquarters.

Boston officials worried about retaliation after four killings in four days

Boston has seen four homicides this month, the most in years, raising concerns about retaliatory violence among the city’s warring gangs, police said.

23artofmarch -- An interactive trove of digitized signs from last year's Women's March in Boston is now available online. (Art of the March)

Digital archive of signs from last year’s Boston Women’s March now available online

Scroll through troves of signs held up by people who attended the massive gathering on the Common last year, after President Trump took office.