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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, is sworn in by Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, during his inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Ghani Ahmadzai He replaces Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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 the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence. As Hamid Karzai left the political stage, the new president was …

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 Clinton announced the news on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc …

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 four candidates who attended a forum Wednesday — Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley, and …

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 …

Brown wins NH primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state. Brown faced nine primary opponents, though only …

Coakley to face Baker for Massachusetts governor

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has won the Democratic primary for governor. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven Grossman and former federal health care administrator Don Berwick in Tuesday’s voting. Coakley will …

Low turnout projected for primary

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Low voter turnout is expected for the primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday. “I think there hasn’t been a great deal of enthusiasm so …

Polls show independence vote in Scotland tightening

Monday, September 8, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground — and may even be …