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Massachusetts has picked another big transmission line for a potential energy contract, with the Northern Pass project in doubt.

That new project is New England Clean Energy Connect, which would bring Canadian hydropower through Maine.

Massachusetts regulators announced late Friday they would start negotiating a contract with the project's developer, Central Maine Power Company.

L.L. Bean's outdoor gear — including its signature Bean Boots prized by campers and hipsters alike — is no longer guaranteed for life.

In a letter to customers Friday morning, the company said it has updated its return policy to give customers one year to return purchases, with a receipt. The previous lifetime guarantee, which enabled customers to return products years — or even decades — after purchase, has long been a selling point for the company.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is once again considering service cuts, to help close a projected $3.1 million budget deficit. Also on the table: a roughly 25 percent fare hike.

UMass food scientists Lynne McLandsborough, left, and Lili He.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Food scientists at UMass Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning.

Developers are still pursuing a utility-scale solar array on this parcel in Claremont, New Hampshire, despite being shut out of Massachusetts's renewable energy procurement efforts.
Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Kevin Foley steps carefully across an icy dirt road in Claremont, New Hampshire. He’s at the edge of a snowy field surrounded by forest. On all this, he’s picturing solar panels.

Democrat Representative Jason Rojas of East Hartford is proposing a 4 cent increase to the state gasoline tax to help shore up Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund that’s running out of money.

On Thursday, Massachusetts will select bidders to supply thousands of megawatts of renewable, carbon-free electricity. Two of the competing proposals call for new power line infrastructure through Vermont in order to bring energy south from Canada into the Bay State.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says he is moving to sell off the U.S. territory's public power company, as nearly a third of the island's electric customers remain without power four months after Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20.

Rosselló said Monday that it might take 18 months to privatize the insolvent Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, the largest U.S. public utility as measured by the number of customers — 3.3 million.

Vermont has become the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana through an act of the Legislature.

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