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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, left, speaks at a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Liberal Democrats and Republicans have found something to agree on: both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Each side is driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — yet again — insist she’s not interested in the White House. People on both sides have a vested interest in clinging to …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. …

Dozens of anti-gun billboards to replace one coming down

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed around the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” and feature an assault rifle with a white flag in the …

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an …

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire …

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer …

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board urged to encourage corporate diversity

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards. A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion pension fund, voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that …

Bombing jury sees autopsy photos

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death …

Report: NE biodiversity threatened

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever …

House OKs early retirement plan for state workers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to offer early retirement packages to thousands of state employees. The governor and lawmakers expect about 4,500 executive branch workers to take advantage of the program, saving the state about $173 million in …

State plans takeover of Holyoke schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the Holyoke Public Schools be put into state receivership. Chester pointed to what he called the “persistent and pervasive” underperformance of Holyoke schools. He said only one in three students there is reading at grade level. Chester said he …