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In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 photo a billboard proclaims the teachings of Islam near the Massachusetts Avenue Exit of I-93 north in Boston. Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

US Muslims proclaim peace, love on billboards

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. The New York-based Islamic Circle of North America has erected 100 billboards over the summer that feature statements such as: “Muhammad believed in peace, social justice, women’s …

Millis officer fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS — An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday. Millis police Sgt. William Dwyer said the only ballistics evidence recovered at the scene of the crash Wednesday afternoon was from shots fired by the 27-year-old officer into his own cruiser. After several interviews with …

Worker sues over firing for legal marijuana use

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman who says she was fired from work for using marijuana legally obtained to treat Crohn’s Disease has sued her former employer. Cristina Barbuto said in court papers that she told the Irvine, California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing before she was hired that she had obtained written certification from her doctor to purchase marijuana under Massachusetts’ 2012 voter-approved law. …

AG clears way for 20 proposed ballot questions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures …

Wills of millions of Americans go online

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold …

Bears killed in Conn. after threats to people

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, Conn. — Wildlife staffers in Connecticut killed a bear in the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area of Burlington on Wednesday that was seen on video acting aggressively toward a female hiker, along with a second bear that charged employees Tuesday evening, the Department of Energy and Environmental …

Police cruiser shot at, crashes, catches fire

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MILLIS — Police are looking for a gunman who fired at a police cruiser in a town southwest of Boston, and schools are being closed as a precaution. The police car crashed and caught fire Wednesday in Millis. …

Feds boost oversight of Pilgrim nuke plant

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Federal inspectors said Wednesday they’re increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say the decision to ramp up inspections at the Entergy-owned plant in Plymouth follows the shutdown …

Health care costs in state surged almost 5% last year

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year despite efforts to hold down expenditures, according to a state report released Wednesday. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent agency, said health care expenditures grew in 2014 at double the …

Harvard launches live ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to …

Report documents neglect, abuse of kids in state care

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state’s Child Advocate. The release of the …

Accused in Pokemon threats denied bail

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle …

Irish nanny to be deported after murder charge is dropped

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An Irish ex-nanny is being deported a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a 1-year-old girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered Tuesday at the Burlington office of …