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Passers-by walk toward an entrance to the Cape Cod Mall, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hyannis, Mass. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. The three Afghanistan National Army officers were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, said …

Casino backers ramp up spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — A casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending. The Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Jobs spent $702,000 from Sept. 1-15, according to the group’s most recent campaign finance filing. That’s up from the $577,000 it spent in the two months from its July formation to the end …

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an overseas trade mission, cited a “cumulative loss of confidence” in the board, which tracks and …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, …

Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay …

Governor candidates target supporters for cash

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought …

Prosecutors look to new DNA testing in twin cases

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors in Boston were forced to put a rape suspect on trial three times before jurors were willing to convict him a decade ago. It wasn’t due a lack of evidence, but because the suspect was an identical twin. Similar cases have popped up elsewhere, illustrating …

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues …

Warren, Markey oppose request

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to …

Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of “temporary employment disruptions” in the retail sector. The state’s unemployment …

Analyst: Mohegan Sun faces peril

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun faces financial peril after losing out to Wynn Resorts in its bid to open a casino in the Boston-area, a Moody’s Investor Service analysis warns. In a note to investors Wednesday, analyst Keith Foley said the loss “heightens our concerns” about the Mohegan Tribal …

Northfield Mountain hydroelectric plant seeks to boost storage capacity during winter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD —Owners of the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric project have sought permission to change its operating license temporarily this winter to boost storage capacity of its mountaintop reservoir so the region’s power supply can have additional capacity. The application filed last month by FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. to the …

Winners of MacArthur ‘genius grants’ unveiled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s …