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A view of cupcakes decorated with the Union and Scottish Saltire flags, and question marks, along with the results of sales, at Cuckoo's bakery, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The bakery has been monitoring the sales of its Union and Saltire flag and undecided cupcakes for 200 days to try and predict the outcome of the referendum. 43.5 percent of sales were Yes cakes, 47.7 percent No, and 8.8 percent undecided.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish independence campaign

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are …

Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Monday, September 15, 2014

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive. “Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton …

Sarah Palin’s family said to be involved in rowdy Alaska party

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, has built a new life for herself as the political voice of many disenchanted conservatives, …

Paisley, key figure in Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 88

Friday, September 12, 2014

LONDON — Ian Paisley, the former leader of the mainly-Protestant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and a key figure in the Northern Irish peace process, has died at the age of 88, his wife said on Friday. “My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning,” Eileen Paisley …

Defeat of incumbent leaves Republican Richard Tisei facing political newcomer Seth Moulton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON — For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to GOP challenger Richard Tisei in the November election. Republicans may …

After defeating nine-term congressman, Seth Moulton now faces Richard Tisei

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state’s 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a bitter Democratic primary …

Party leaders plead for Scotland to stay in UK

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility …

Gubernatorial choices set sights on November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — With primary election wins behind them, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wasted no time Wednesday setting the stage for what could be a bruising campaign for governor that apparently will not include restrictions on …

Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker win nominations for governor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are moving on to November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven …

Tierney defeated in US House primary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state’s 6th Congressional District. Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts …

Healey is Democrats’ pick for top prosecutor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Political newcomer Maura Healey, a former state assistant prosecutor seeking to become the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation, captured the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts office on Tuesday, following a hard-fought primary against a veteran state lawmaker. The 43-year-old Charlestown resident …

Goldberg wins primary for state treasurer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Deb Goldberg has won a three-way Democratic primary for Massachusetts state treasurer. The former Brookline selectwoman defeated state Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and state Rep. Tom Conroy of Wayland in Tuesday’s voting. Goldberg will face off with Republican nominee Michael Heffernan of Wellesley in …

LOCAL VOTE TALLIES Hampshire County gives strong support to Donald Berwick, Maura Healey

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County voters threw strong support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick and Maura Healey for attorney general in Tuesday’s primary, though only Healey won the primary statewide and moved on to the Nov. 4 general …