---- — BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says a Norfolk County woman who recently died is the state’s first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis this year.
The health department identified the victim only as a woman in her 80s. She was hospitalized in mid-August and died a few days later.
Health officials are trying to determine where she was most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes.
There were seven cases of EEE in Massachusetts last year, and at least two deaths.
People are urged to take precautions against mosquitoes.
The health department says symptoms of EEE include fever, stiff neck and headache, and usually appear three to 10 days after a mosquito bite. The most serious complication is inflammation and swelling of the brain.
Beach evacuated after possible shark
RYE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say a beach in Rye has been evacuated after a possible shark sighting.
The sighting happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wallis Sands State Beach.
Officials say they are trying to determine if a shark was spotted.
Pols ask DOE for review of power plan
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is asking the federal Department of Energy to do a more rigorous review of a contentious proposal to build a 187-mile electric transmission line through northern New Hampshire.
In a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the senators and representatives cite a change in the route of the proposed Northern Pass project and concerns they’ve heard from constituents.
The delegation — Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic representatives Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter — also want to know if a federal environmental review can continue before the project’s backers demonstrate they can legally pursue construction on the route.
The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England — enough to serve 1.2 million homes.
Middleton man pleads not guilty in shooting
BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A 24-year-old Middleton man has pleaded not guilty to assault and firearms charges related to a weekend shooting in which he also was injured.
The Essex District Attorney’s office said Michael MacMullen was arraigned Tuesday in his hospital bed at the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington.
Prosecutors said MacMullen shot and wounded 28-year-old Kevin Wolff twice in the torso after an argument early Sunday. They said MacMullen was hit in the arm when Wolff shot back. Both were identified as Red Devil motorcycle club members.
Police said the shooting happened outside MacMullen’s Middleton home, and he was arrested nearby.
Judge Robert Brennan set $10,000 bail and ordered MacMullen to stay at his parents’ home under GPS monitoring if he is released. He was ordered to avoid Wolff and any other motorcycle club members.
Mass. US House hopefuls sign pledge on outside ads
BOSTON (AP) — Five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to fill U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s former House seat have signed a deal aimed at keeping outside advertising out of the race.
The agreement is modeled after the “people’s pledge” signed by Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown in their 2012 Senate race.
The party announced Tuesday that the pact was signed by 5th congressional district candidates William Brownsberger, Katherine Clark, Peter Koutoujian, Carl Sciortino and Karen Spilka. If an outside group runs an ad, the candidate who was endorsed by that group will donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the cost of the ad to The One Fund, the charity that helps Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Two other Democrats and three Republicans will be on the Oct. 15 primary ballot.