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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, spars with Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson  listen during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but he’d like to. From their movements and …

Mass. hydropower plan could change region’s energy landscape

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of …

Justice Francis Spina of Massachusetts high court to retire

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOSTON — Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina on Friday became the second justice in days to announce his retirement from the state’s highest court. Spina, who has been on the bench since 1999, said he will leave the court in August, three months before he reaches …

New England gets first serious snowfall of the season

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOSTON — A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot …

Clinton, Sanders hold contentious debate in lead-up to NH primary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political …

In Boston area, bald eagle population soars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BOSTON — People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren’t hallucinating — there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts …

Endangered timber rattlesnakes will be placed on Mount Zion, largest island at Quabbin Reservoir

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to …

Baker administration asks Massachusetts Broadband Institute to hold off on spending for ‘last-mile’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The state agency overseeing the multimillion-dollar build-out of “last-mile” broadband for 44 unserved and partially served towns has been asked to hold off on spending any state money budgeted for broadband until the governor’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance reviews the project. Eric Nakijima, director of the …

Officials defend Eagleton School for autistic boys after charges

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Berkshire County school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders is defending the school after five staff members were charged in an investigation into the abuse of students. The five Eagleton School staffers were arrested last weekend and released on …

Bulger’s lover admits contempt

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — The woman who spent 16 years on the run with Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped …