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Textron plans to cut more than 700 jobs

The layoffs will not impact its Providence, R.I.-based headquarters, the company said.

Man kills girlfriend, then himself, in Marlborough, officials say

Authorities identified the victim as Kethlen Paula Alves Trindade DaRocha, 28, of Marlborough and the shooter as Marlon Moreira Costa, 29, also of Marlborough, authorities said Wednesday night.

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Parenting alone, with strength and courage

The usual tribulations of parenting are magnified — greatly — when there is only one parent. All the more so when there’s bereavement, divorce, or separation to contend with.

SJC justice stepping down early to join UMass, giving Healey another chance to mold high court

David Lowy, the only Republican on the seven-seat bench, will replace former Middlesex County district attorney Gerry Leone as the UMass system’s top lawyer.

Frances Sternhagen, Tony Award winner who was familiar face on TV, dies at 93

A long-tenured character actor, Frances Sternhagen won a Tony for best featured actress in a play in 1974 for her role in Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” and a second one in 1995 for a revival of “The Heiress.”

NH health

N.H. executive council rejects family planning contracts 5th time in three years

The state had previously approved contracts with Planned Parenthood and others for reproductive health care services, but the four GOP councilors rejected the contracts, citing concerns about indirectly subsidizing abortion.

Former IT specialist at Haverhill school to plead guilty to tampering with computer network after firing

An Ayer man has agreed to plead guilty to damaging the computer network of a Haverhill school he formerly worked for, and federal prosecutors are recommending he serve two years’ probation for the offense including a year of home confinement lifted only for work purposes, according to officials and legal filings.

In Newton, Somerville, ‘catch-up’ water bills catch many off guard, with some owing thousands

For four years, Newton has sent residents water bills based on estimated usage, not the actual amount. Now, as city employees go door to door checking exact readings as they replace thousands of water meters, some residents are receiving big retroactive bills.