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Freshman lawmakers top money list

Sunday, November 29, 2015

BOSTON — The three newest members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are turning out to be three of its most prolific fundraisers. During the first nine months of the year, U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton, Joe Kennedy and Katherine Clark each raised more than much longer-serving members of the delegation, with Moulton boasting the biggest haul: more than $1 million, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records. All …

Nearly 60 Massachusetts legislators support bill that would set statewide minimum age of 21 to buy tobacco products

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BOSTON — As Boston considers raising the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21, Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing the possibility of a making such a change on a statewide basis. Nearly 60 representatives and senators have signed on to a bill that would make it illegal to sell tobacco to people under 21, with …

Garrett Swasey, officer killed in Colorado, was co-pastor, figure skater who grew up in Melrose

Saturday, November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faith led Garrett Swasey to a career in public service and pastoral care, and duty led him to a Planned Parenthood clinic where he was gunned down. The 44-year-old Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings Friday at the clinic. Married with two …

Lucky Pilgrim is ancestor to millions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON — John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Yet Howland, who boarded the ship as Carver’s servant, probably …

Officer indicted in fabricated shootout found dead at home

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MILLIS — A former police officer fired and indicted for fabricating a story about a shootout with a mystery gunman in September and calling in a fake bomb threat to the high school was found dead at his home on Thanksgiving. Bryan Johnson, 24, was pronounced dead early …

State parks free this weekend

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Those whose Thanksgiving weekend plans include a trip to a state park in Massachusetts will be able to put away their wallets. The state has announced that all entry and parking fees will be waived at state parks from Thursday through Sunday. Gov. Charlie Baker …

Bombing survivors brace for movie versions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BOSTON — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among …

Baker signs bill to crack down on fentanyl trafficking

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — A law signed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker makes trafficking of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug sometimes mixed with heroin, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Legislature approved the bill as one response to an opioid abuse epidemic that claimed an …

Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed …

Baker: State will continue to support refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts will continue to support refugee resettlement, even as the debate over the U.S. role in sheltering some refugees fleeing Syria continues to roil political debate in the country. Offering …

MBTA bans political ads after Israel controversy

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — The board that oversees Boston’s transit system voted Monday to stop accepting advertising on political and social issues, days after controversy erupted over an ad that accuses the Israeli military of killing Palestinian children. The new policy bars ads that concern “political issues or expresses or …

New FBI chief comes home to Boston

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — For Harold Shaw, starting a job as the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office is a bit of a homecoming. Shaw, who grew up in Weymouth and Hingham, returned to Boston last …

Woman accused in tot’s abduction denies charge

Monday, November 23, 2015

NEWBURYPORT (AP) — A court psychologist says a Massachusetts woman charged with kidnapping a 2-year-old girl found naked and with her head shaved is hallucinating. The psychologist testified Monday that 21-year-old Topsfield resident Abigail Hanna has also expressed suicidal thoughts. Hanna’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea for her. …