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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, …

SJC justice Cordy to retire

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state’s highest court. Cordy, 66, was nominated to the seven-member high court …

Report: Climate change threatens NE food fish

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The …

Baker: DCF got full report Friday on boy, 3, who died

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration is cooperating with the investigation into the death of a 3-year-old boy who suffered traumatic injuries at his Boston home last weekend. The Republican governor on Wednesday said the state Department of Children and Families had been involved with the …

Auditor finds $13.7M in public assistance fraud

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — State Auditor Suzanne Bump says her office has identified a record high of $13.7 million in public assistance benefits fraud during the 2015 fiscal year. The Democrat says that amount represents a 44 percent increase over the previous year’s record of $9.5 million. It’s the …

Massachusetts Legislature postpones discussion of ‘millionaire tax’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have postponed debate about a proposed constitutional amendment calling for what’s been dubbed the “millionaire tax.” The House and Senate held a constitutional convention Wednesday but recessed before considering the 4 percent surtax. It would apply to individuals with annual incomes above $1 million. …

Opinions vary about state’s plan to stock island at Quabbin Reservoir with endangered rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ORANGE — Some people who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 …

Small quake shakes up sleepy Down East Maine

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTPORT, Maine — A small earthquake served as a wakeup call Tuesday for sleeping residents in Eastport, Maine, the easternmost city in the U.S. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake, among the smallest generally felt by people, was recorded just before 7 a.m. in the waters between Maine and Canada, …

Lawyer wants manslaughter case put on hold in teen’s suicide

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TAUNTON — A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself asked a judge Tuesday to put the case on hold until the state’s highest court decides her appeal. Joseph Cataldo, a lawyer for Michelle Carter, argued Tuesday that the …

‘Love Story’ actors return to Harvard 45 years later

Monday, February 1, 2016

CAMBRIDGE — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in “Love Story” and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half …

Congresswoman’s home target of ‘swatting’ call

Monday, February 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congresswoman said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation to combat. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, said she was home Sunday night with …