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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Gov. Deval Patrick reflects on shelter-in-place request for Boston a year ago amid bomber hunt

Saturday, April 19, 2014

BOSTON — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled. Within hours, … 0

Body found by Interstate 190 identified as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were … 0

MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The … 0

Some questions may stay mysteries in Boston probe

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled … 0

Marathon bombing survivor who lost leg makes strides

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. — Within four months of getting a prosthetic leg, Heather Abbott went paddle boarding. Soon after, she got a special leg so she could walk in 4-inch heels, her preferred footwear. She’s also got a special … 0

Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the government did not miss any key details that could have prevented the attack — instead, the report … 0

Harvard study suggests ‘Jesus’ wife’ papyrus not fake

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON — New scientific tests suggest a fragment of papyrus in which Jesus speaks of “my wife” is more likely an ancient document than a forgery, according to an article published Thursday by the Harvard Theological Review. The … 0

Governor unveils plan for economic growth

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled a $100 million proposal he says will spur economic growth by improving job opportunities, expanding the state’s international marketing efforts and ending barriers to high-tech workers who want to change jobs. Patrick’s plan released Thursday would eliminate so-called non-compete agreements designed … 0

Ex-Westfield State president’s lawsuit advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees and … 0

Police describe lessons learned from marathon

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — It’s been almost a year since police in the Boston suburb of Watertown were at the center of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Police found themselves in a late-night shootout with the suspects … 0

House unveils $36.2B state budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House unveiled a $36.2 billion state budget plan Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins July 1. House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said the proposal is about 5 percent higher than the estimated spending in the current fiscal year … 0

Brandeis pulls honor for Islam critic

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into “a moment of shaming” by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women’s advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday. … 0