BOSTON — Massachusetts holds only nine of 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but after eight years in the political wilderness the state's all-Democratic delegation is suddenly playing an outsized role in both the leadership and palace intrigue of the incoming Congress.

In Westerly, no pedestrians have been killed in a traffic accident in three years. Richmond has not had such a death in 11 years, and Hopkinton's last pedestrian fatality was 12 years ago. The last time Charlestown had a pedestrian-related traffic death was 1997.

HARTFORD — A Connecticut police officer who used a stun gun on a 12-year-old deaf boy at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy's parents for excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

    BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally were apprehended in a series of sweeps in New England this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday.

    PORTLAND, Maine — Fishermen who harvest herring, one of the most important baitfish on the East Coast, are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to catch. The change could have major implications for the lobster business.

    A fuller picture of a cemetery in ghastly disarray emerged Thursday as the longtime caretaker of a graveyard in Connecticut's largest city was arrested and officials described in new detail shocking discoveries that included human bones and casket pieces scattered about.

      PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced this week that it intends to renumber the exit numbers on Route 78 in Westerly as part of a multiyear program to key the exits to mile markers. The system has been used on many limited-access highways across the country. Th…

      KINGSTON — The University of Rhode Island and the towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett have created the South Kingstown Solar Consortium to develop an ambitious solar power project that will generate economic benefits for all three partners while boosting the amount of renewable energy …

      HARTFORD, Conn. — The new entity charged with overseeing the distribution of state funds to help Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations has finally received a long-awaited $19 million.

      HARTFORD — Dozens of demonstrators, some of them chained to each other or to barrels filled with sand, blocked the entrance to a federal courthouse Friday in support of an immigrant from Ecuador who has been living in a church for a year to avoid deportation.

      PROVIDENCE — Public school students and parents are suing Rhode Island's governor and education officials in federal court, saying the state fails to prepare young people to fully participate in civic life.

      KINGSTON — Health experts from the University of Rhode Island Academic Health Collaborative will increase their outreach into the community, screening residents for HIV/AIDS and providing basic clinical and behavioral health care, after dedicating a new Rhode to Health mobile unit on Wednesday.

      PAWCATUCK — Davis-Standard LLC announced Wednesday that it has acquired Thermoforming Systems LLC of Yakima, Washington. TSL designs, manufacturers and markets thermoforming equipment for the North American food packaging industry. Terms were not disclosed. 

      NORTH KINGSTOWN — This was the scene on Wednesday inside an enormous, frigid warehouse in Quonset Point: Hundreds of actors, a life-size rickety replica of a real wooden bridge, and dozens of carefully crated sets designed to look like hospital rooms, a library in Iowa, and the bedrooms, kit…

      Single-family home sales in South County declined more than 25 percent in October, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest report issued by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

      BOSTON — The long-awaited opening of the first recreational marijuana stores on the East Coast was cheered by cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t change the reality that workers can be fired or face disciplinary action from employers for marijuana, even when they use pot o…

        PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Department of Transportation and Division of Statewide Planning are inviting the public to meetings next month to help in the preparation of the state’s first Transit Master Plan. Called “Transit Forward RI,” the plan project will exami…

        The FBI has issued a warning that posting a hoax threat is a criminal act. The Boston Division, which serves Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, said it was beginning a campaign to deter these false reports aimed at schools and other public places.