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.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - Some not-so-nice Canadians are invading U.S. waters and posing an environmental threat. Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters. But they are ornerier and angrier and threaten to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass. Eventually, the newcomers will move farther south. Experts say that they can't do anything about it.

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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