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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker, right, listen to a technician moments before a televised debate at WGBH television studios, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Boston. Baker and Coakley are locked in a dead heat and each are hoping to lure in more supporters while avoiding any gaffe that could cost them the election. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

Baker, Coakley face off in gubernatorial debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts. Coakley said if elected she would focus on building a sustainable economy from the ground up while Baker said he would work to strengthen local economies in struggling parts of the state. Baker …

Anti-government cleric ends protest in Islamabad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD — A fiery anti-government cleric has ended his 65-day long sit-in protest in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Tuesday. Tahirul Qadri announced he will now tour major Pakistani cities holding sit-ins and agitating for the launch of a “revolution of the poor.” “This sit-in has achieved its purpose, it has awakened the nation and …

Jobs, economic development dominate debate between 2nd Franklin District candidates

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate Saturday evening between 2nd Franklin District state Rep. Denise Andrews, D- Orange, and her Republican challenger Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol. The debate, which was moderated by Kathy Ann Becker, a former town moderator in Wendell and broadcast on …

Protests expose unease over Hong Kong’s identity

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HONG KONG — By road, the little apartments are nearly an hour from central Hong Kong and the protests that have swept through it. Twice that long if you take the subway, which is how most people commute …

Indexing of gas tax up for vote on ballot

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOSTON — If approved, Question 1 on the November ballot wouldn’t lower the state’s gas tax, but it could stop future increases that would otherwise occur automatically and without any say by lawmakers. Supporters of the initiative view …

Candidates for Massachusetts governor battle over health care, child welfare

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — The candidates running for Massachusetts governor toughened their rhetoric Tuesday during their first Boston televised debate with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley battling over health care issues and how best to overhaul the state’s …

Michelle Obama campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New England

Friday, October 3, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama made a political swing through New England Friday on behalf of Democrats running for governor in tight races in Massachusetts and Maine, where she urged fired-up supporters to get to the polls when her …

Biden: US leadership still critical

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Vice President Joe Biden delivered a full-throated defense of the Unites States’ active role in an ever more complex international environment during a speech Thursday. Biden said the United States’ engagement in the world is more …

Gun foes to match NRA spending in fall elections

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Gun control groups say this is the year they finally go toe-to-toe with the National Rifle Association and match their foe’s imposing campaign spending for congressional candidates. Their long-awaited financial parity with the gun lobby, however, …

Baker maintains edge in fundraising stakes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker maintains a hefty fundraising lead over Democrat Martha Coakley as the governor’s race heads into its final full month of campaigning. By the end of September, aides to Baker and running mate Karyn …

Afghan president sworn in; US pact next

Monday, September 29, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Chelsea Clinton has baby daughter

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy” to become grandparents. Their daughter, Chelsea, gave birth Friday night to her first child, Charlotte. Chelsea …

Candidates air human service views

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates for Massachusetts governor are each trying to position themselves as the best human services leader for the state, promising to better support those programs and the workers who help care for the neediest residents. The …