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Republican Charles Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley take part in a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday.

Baker maintains edge in fundraising stakes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker maintains a hefty fundraising lead over Democrat Martha Coakley as the governor’s race heads into its final full month of campaigning. By the end of September, aides to Baker and running mate Karyn Polito said they had more than $1.5 million combined left in their campaign accounts. That’s almost six times the combined $266,000 cash …

App teaches preschoolers basic coding for computers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven’t yet learned to read can use the app …

Three Afghan soldiers who fled say they can’t go home

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BATAVIA, N.Y. — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well. “Now that we’ve decided to seek asylum, the danger …

Marathon bombing suspects’ sister charged with threats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her …

Alleged molester held without bail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man described by prosecutors as a serial child molester has been held without bail in Massachusetts after being charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge Monday ruled that 74-year-old Arturo Bravo was a danger to …

Bottle-bill backers: Pull TV ads

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot question that would expand the Massachusetts bottle-deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages say opponents are trying to mislead voters. The Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill, which includes groups like the Massachusetts Sierra Club and …

Inmate’s death leads to the firing of three hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER (AP) — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in …

Feds urge judge to uphold job-rigging convictions

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday not to disturb the convictions of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies in a job-rigging case. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a 61-page response to earlier motions from lawyers for O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke …

Maine woman finds 2-headed baby snapping turtle

Friday, September 26, 2014

HUDSON, Maine (AP) — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the tiny creature this week while she …

500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield church

Friday, September 26, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Members of a Pittsfield church say they’re heartbroken by the theft of 500 pounds of squash grown in a church garden that was going to be donated to the needy. The theft of acorn and butternut squash from the Pittsfield Church of Christ’s “Giving Garden” …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll …

Patrick: AG’s job not for me

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday that he’s “not going to be the next attorney general” and isn’t interested in replacing Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, …