News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - The Canadian stereotype is that they're the nice guys. But that's not the case when it comes to crabby Canadian invaders making their way into Maine waters. A University of New England researcher said green crabs migrating from Nova Scotia are ornerier and angrier than their Gulf of Maine cousins, threatening further harm to the coastal ecosystem.
BOSTON (AP) - A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company on behalf of residents impacted by natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the law firm Morgan & Morgan. It seeks compensation for residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who were forced to evacuate after the explosions Thursday but didn't suffer injuries or damage to their homes. Columbia Gas didn't immediately respond to an email Tuesday.
SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a microburst, not a tornado, caused damage in a town near Boston as the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought strong winds and heavy rains to New England. Downed trees and tree limbs were reported Tuesday in Saugus, with some of them falling onto homes. A tornado warning had been issued for the area. A Weather Service survey team inspected the damage and determined a microburst, or strong storm downdraft, was the cause.
BOSTON (AP) - Winnie-the-Pooh, that silly old bear, is the star of a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic" explores how the beloved teddy bear dreamed up by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard became a global phenomenon along with his sidekick, Christopher Robin, and companions Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit. The exhibition opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 6, 2019.
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