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The stakes will be higher for March Madness this year in some states. People in Ohio, Kansas, Massachusetts and Maryland will be able to cast online bets on the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time. A total of 33 states and the District of Columbia now allow at least some form of sports wagering. States have moved rapidly to enter the market since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed it almost five years ago. States with mobile betting appear to be banking bigger bucks than those that allow only in-person sports wagers. The prospects are mixed for expanding sports betting to additional states this year.

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Parts of New England and New York are digging out of a nor’easter that caused tens of thousands of power outages, numerous school cancellations and whiteout conditions on the roads. The storm began Monday night and lasted throughout Tuesday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow and gusty winds. Others got just a few inches or a wintry mix. As of Wednesday evening, about 67,000 customers in the region were without power. Search teams located two hikers stranded in heavy snow in Massachusetts, and game wardens rescued a family that became stranded on a Maine lake while ice fishing.

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A new unit to help police improve coordination in handling missing and unidentified people cases has been proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey amid an ongoing search for a recent immigrant whose case adovates say demonstrates a lack of urgency on the part of investigators. The $300,000 Healey has proposed will help fund the unit, which she said will assist local police departments and standardize data collection and reporting in missing people cases. The push comes as investigators search for a recent immigrant and Boston woman missing since last November. Boston police didn't issue a missing person alert until Jan. 12.


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