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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 …

Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat …

Three Democrats run for lieutenant governor in primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The office of lieutenant governor has a limited budget, few prescribed responsibilities and has been vacant for the past 15 months without much notice or effect. The relatively unknown candidates who are trying to fill it all say they can carve out an important role for …

Where the candidates for governor stand on health care issues

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is the first in a series of five glances exploring the positions of candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a …

What to watch during this political season in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here are five things to know about the political season in Massachusetts. Coakley comeback? Some Democrats have never forgiven Martha Coakley for her stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown in a 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. The defeat ended …

Where the candidates for governor stand on casinos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the gubernatorial nominations of their parties in Tuesday’s primaries. A 2011 law opened the …

Political advertising cost expected to top $4 billion for midterm election

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority. The ads come one after another in …

Warren likely to back repeal of casino law

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-gambling activists are touting a major boost from Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state’s casino law heads into the final stretch. The first-term Democrat said Monday she’ll likely vote in favor of …

Midterm election unlikely to end stalemate in Washington

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After a summer of upheaval, from the Middle East to Ferguson, Mo., the country swings into a fall campaign with large stakes but little chance of ending the partisan stalemate that has ground Washington to a virtual halt. If anything, the results of this year’s congressional races could …

Hong Kong looks to defy Beijing over vote reform

Monday, September 1, 2014

HONG KONG — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official’s speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted …

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as …