NEW ENGLAND

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A fisherman holds up a lobster covered in eggs.
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Retail stores in Massachusetts are expected to start selling marijuana legally in the state this summer. Some cities and towns have taken steps to temporarily block pot shops within their borders. And others have banned them altogether. 

Confetti falls around Patriot Place at a rally on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Thousands of New England Patriots fans turned out Monday morning to give the New England Patriots a rousing sendoff on their way to Minneapolis and Super Bowl 52. 

Eversource’s Northern Pass transmission line is the sole project picked for long-term energy contract negotiations with Massachusetts.

Officials made the announcement Thursday afternoon, less than a week before New Hampshire begins its final permitting deliberations on the controversial project.

Northern Pass would carry 1,090 megawatts of power from Hydro Quebec dams to the New England grid, over a partly-buried 192-mile power line. It would run under New Hampshire’s White Mountains and mainly follow existing transmission lines, ending in Deerfield.

A sign for a blood drive in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The American Red Cross has raised the alert on its blood supply to "critical" -- the last step before "emergency."

More than 200 people turned up at the corner of Washington and School Streets to the SEIU immigrant rally in reaction to statements made by President Trump threatening to strip federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities."
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, are two of 23 jurisdictions that received a letter from the U.S. Justice Department threatening to pull certain federal grant funds if the communities cannot prove they comply with federal immigration authorities.

The defending NFL Champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minnesota — setting the teams up for a rematch of their 2005 league championship contest and giving Philadelphia a chance to avenge the sting of that loss.

New England quarterback Tom Brady rallied his team in the final minutes for a comeback victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the American Football Conference championship. Brady threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with just 2:48 left on the clock, putting the Patriots at 24-20.

While reporters and cameramen wait for big names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Danny Amendola to appear in the Patriots locker room, an undersized offensive lineman sits about 40 feet away and goes quietly about his business.

It’s practice player James Ferentz. And by way of introduction, he says, “I’ve been kicking around, trying to hang on, and chasing the dream.”

That dream is a spot on the active roster of an NFL team, a chance to play in packed stadiums on Sunday afternoons.

But the Patriots practice squad comes pretty close.

Boston, Massachusetts.
Shelby L. Bell / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/vwcampin

There were 26 locations in Massachusetts vying to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters but only one, perhaps the obvious one, made it onto the internet giant's shortlist: Boston.

Part 1 of a two-part story.

Massachusetts wants to get 1,600 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind farms by the year 2027, up from zero today.

In December, three developers submitted proposals for the state’s first offshore wind farm, which could supply up to a quarter of that goal when built.

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