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In this photo taken Friday, March 9, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into the former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the party as saying Tuesday, July 29, 2014 it is investigating Zhou for serious violations of party discipline, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Ex-security czar under graft probe in China

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BEIJING — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong’s wife … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review of campaign finance records by The Associated Press shows Baker has received contributions of more … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton could help them hang onto the White House. Warren, whose tough-on-Wall-Street message makes progressives swoon, … 0

Potential tax impact of $1 million override in Southampton

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OVERRIDE’S IMPACT SOUTHAMPTON — The proposed $1 million override would raise the town’s property tax rate from $15.20 per thousand dollars of value to $16.76, an increase of $1.56 per thousand. Below are the estimated annual increases depending on the current value of the property. value increase $150,000 $234 $180,000 $280.80 … 0

Westhampton voters to decide Saturday $38,474 override question for school jobs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Voters will head to Town Hall Saturday to vote on a proposed override that would save two jobs at Westhampton Elementary School. The Proposition 2½ override question, which would raise an additional $38,474 in property taxes over the annual 2½ percent limit set by the state, … 0

Cochran wins Miss. runoff

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With … 0

Group withdraws minimum wage ballot question

Monday, June 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A group that supports a higher state minimum wage has ended its bid for a November ballot question, saying Monday it was no longer necessary now that lawmakers had approved a bill that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage among states by 2017. Raise … 0

Jindal: ‘Rebellion brewing’ in US

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready … 0

Paul defends ‘unborn’ in courting evangelicals

Friday, June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Describing a nation “in a full-blown spiritual crisis,” leading Republicans on Friday vowed to fight against abortion rights and protect the role of faith in public life as they courted religious conservatives with an eye on … 0

House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary defeat … 0

Governor hopefuls talk health care, guns

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democrats whose names will appear on the primary ballot for governor disagreed on several issues Wednesday during their first debate since the state party convention, including single-payer health care and gun purchases. State Treasurer … 0

Post-convention, Democrats hit campaign trail

Monday, June 16, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick said Monday he was confident he would make himself better known to primary voters in the coming months and dismissed attempts to frame the race as one between Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steven Grossman. Berwick, a pediatrician and … 0

State Democrats trim governor field to 3

Sunday, June 15, 2014

WORCESTER — Massachusetts Democrats have narrowed their choice for governor to three, with state Treasurer Steven Grossman topping the balloting among delegates Saturday and Attorney General Martha Coakley narrowly edging out former federal health care administrator Don Berwick. … 0