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100-year-old man gets honorary tech degree from Wentworth

BOSTON (AP) - A 100-year-old New Hampshire man has received an honorary degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he last attended 78 years ago.

Today at 08:10AM
Toga! Toga! 'Animal House' cast holds Berkshires reunion

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - Don't it make you wanna shout?

Today at 07:56AM
Romney to Jacksonville University graduates: Get a life

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had a message Saturday for Jacksonville University graduates: Get a life.

Today at 07:53AM
State education board to hold forum on Holyoke schools

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - The state education board is planning to hear from Holyoke residents about plans to put the city's public schools into state receivership.

Today at 07:45AM
Boy who got thousands of cards for last birthday has died

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who received thousands of birthday cards from strangers last year has died after battling a rare inoperable brain tumor.

Today at 07:32AM
Editorials from around New England

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

Today at 07:08AM
Marathon bomber trial casts focus on Boston Muslims

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America.

Apr 24
Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

MIAMI (AP) - The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.

Apr 24
Backpack strap used by Apollo 14 moonwalker sells for $41K

BOSTON (AP) - A backpack strap used by an Apollo 14 astronaut as he moved around the surface of the moon in 1971 has sold at auction for nearly $42,000.

Apr 24
Backpack strap used by moonwalker sells for $41K at auction

BOSTON (AP) - A backpack strap used by an Apollo 14 astronaut as he moved around the surface of the moon in 1971 has sold at auction for nearly $42,000.

Apr 24
Baker calls for new state regs on ride-hailing companies

BOSTON (AP) - Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Apr 24
Massachusetts OUI cases under review over breath tests

BOSTON (AP) - Defense attorneys across Massachusetts are reviewing their drunken driving cases and many prosecutors are suspending use of alcohol breath-test evidence while the state reviews possibly miscalibrated breath-analysis machines used by police.

Apr 24
Baker calls for new state regs on ridesharing companies

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a bill to regulate ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, including a requirement that all drivers undergo state criminal background checks.

Apr 24
Activist swimmer sets sights on another polluted waterway

NEW YORK (AP) - The clean-water advocate who took an Earth Day swim in the Gowanus (goh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal is now setting his sights on another highly polluted New York City waterway.

Apr 24
Clarification: New England Energy story

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - In a story April 23 about energy policy, The Associated Press reported that five of New England's six governors said they would work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. The story should have made clear that the statement was agreed to by all six leaders, including New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who did not attend the gathering in Hartford.

Apr 24
2 dead, 1 hurt in fiery crash in Swansea

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) - State police say two people have died and a third person was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Swansea.

Apr 24
Biogen results rise, but miss 1Q forecasts

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Biogen Idec Inc.Areported lower-than-expected profit and revenue for the first quarter on slower sales growth of its multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera.

Apr 24
2 dead, 1 hurt in fiery crash in Seekonk

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) - State police say two people have died and a third person was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Seekonk.

Apr 24
Attorney seeks special prosecutor in manslaughter case

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for a teenager charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging a friend to kill himself has told a judge that the entire Bristol district attorney's office should be disqualified from prosecuting the case because the victim is related to the district attorney.

Apr 24
Boston transit agency offers free rides because of snow woes

BOSTON (AP) - Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city's public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn't mean much unless service improved going forward.