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Master Auto manager Marie Annaloro, left, and Victoria Ohlson,right, sweep glass and debris in the service garage where the roof blew off in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tornado rips off roofs in Revere

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston, on Monday morning. City officials said … 0

Man charged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

Monday, July 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail “Abby” Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where the girl lives, and … 0

Super PAC ad heats up governor’s race

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON — The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is criticizing rival Steve Grossman after a super PAC launched an ad attacking Coakley for her opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to limit individuals to one gun purchase per month. The TV ad was paid for by the pro-Grossman political action committee Mass Forward, and faults Coakley for not supporting the proposal. … 0

Gants sworn in as SJC chief

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ralph Gants was installed Monday as the new chief justice of the highest court in Massachusetts. Gants was sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick as the 37th chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Gants, … 0

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review … 0

Conn. seeks better freight rail line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in … 0

Family feud sparks revolt at Market Basket supermarket chain

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. … 0

Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview … 0

US plans seismic testing of sea floor off E. Coast

Friday, July 25, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer. The U.S. Geological … 0

GOP: Verdicts proof Beacon Hill rotten

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic party’s tight grip on state government quickly pounced on guilty verdicts against three former state probation officials, saying the case pointed to the consequences of one-party domination in Massachusetts. A federal jury on Thursday convicted former probation commissioner John … 0

Experts petition judge to block Mass. hospital takeover

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON — A petition signed by 21 antitrust experts and health economists asks a Massachusetts judge to block efforts by the state’s biggest health care system to absorb three more hospitals. The Partners HealthCare System’s planned takeovers of South Shore Hospital and two Hallmark Health System hospitals have … 0

Probation officials found guilty in rigged hiring case; local man Burke convicted of racketeering conspiracy, acquitted of mail fraud

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud … 0