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Actress Natalie Portman addresses an audience during Harvard College's Class Day, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Portman, a 2003 Harvard graduate, was the 2015 Class Day speaker for Harvard College. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Portman tells new Harvard graduates to take chances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class Day, cited her work in “Black Swan” as an example of a time she didn’t know her own limitations — and it …

Prosecutors seek seven-year prison sentence for Boston Marathon bomber’s friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have prevented a university police officer’s shooting death by helping authorities find Tsarnaev instead of helping him, the officer’s family said in a court filing Wednesday. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier was killed in an encounter with Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Cambridge hours after authorities …

Man admits guilt in fatal jewelry heist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOBURN (AP) — A man who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at a Woburn department store that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, 23, of Wakefield, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court after …

Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after $70M refueling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PLYMOUTH (AP) — The only commercial nuclear power plant in Massachusetts returned to full service on Tuesday after a $70 million, monthlong, refueling and maintenance project that owners say makes the plant safer. Entergy Corp., owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, said control room operators …

State briefs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New UMass president gets perks in contract LOWELL (AP) — Incoming University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan will be paid $525,000 in the first year of a five-year contract that could be bumped to more than $750,000 with perks. The former congressman and UMass-Lowell chancellor starts on July …

At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. …

Sanders may appeal to ‘Warren Democrats’

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in …

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the …

Filmmaker Waters to receive honorary degree from RISD

Monday, May 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to. Known for quirky …

House Speaker Robert DeLeo asks Supreme Judicial Court to sort out tax dispute with Senate

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise …

Boston expands gaming panel suit

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7 billion casino proposed for neighboring Everett. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday the city amended its complaint that challenges the …

Savoy road destroyed by Irene to be rebuilt

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAVOY (ap) — A Berkshire County road destroyed when the remnants of Hurricane Irene roared through Massachusetts nearly four years ago is finally getting repaired. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the town of Savoy is getting about $7 million in state and federal funding to rebuild Black Brook …