NEW ENGLAND

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The Eastern United States is being hit by a really powerful winter storm that scientists are calling a bomb cyclone. And yes, that is a scientific term.

The National Weather Service forecasts that the storm, which has struck Florida and the Carolinas, will move northward along the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday and Friday. It will bring snow, ice, strong winds, massive storm surges and plummeting temperatures all the way up to Maine.

Here is what created this monster winter storm.

Prohibition might have been repealed in 1933, but modern-day bootleggers are still sidestepping state liquor laws. Now Vermont officials want heavier penalties for people trafficking booze from neighboring New Hampshire.

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For the most part, the minimum wage gap among New England states will narrow in 2018.

Septic system installation underway for a home on steep slopes.
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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country. 

One of Connecticut’s most uncommon species of evergreen can still be found -- if you know where to look.

Detectives, booking officers and county jail sergeants sit side-by-side at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction, flipping through documents and looking for tips.

They’re searching for details that could unmask an impostor.

Saugus police officer James Scott stands at the front of the room, hoisting up poster boards with notes on the different categories of impostors.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps power plant carbon emissions in participating states, is expected to expand to New Jersey and Virginia. 


Eversource is demanding a national environmental group take down a study that suggests they unfairly withheld natural gas capacity and inflated electric rates – but the Environmental Defense Fund is standing by its research.

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There's no word yet from the Massachusetts Democratic Party on what it plans to do with money it received years ago from Congressman John Conyers.

Environmentalists see the switch from combustion engine to electric cars as a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But Bill Hensley, who lives in central Maine, said he bought an all-electric Nissan Leaf this summer mostly because it’s a cool technology.

“I guess it goes in that order: cool factor, savings and then saving the planet,” he said, laughing.

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