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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, United Independent Party's Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk has a microphone attached at WBZ-TV studios in Boston, for the first televised debate amongst all five candidates. Along with the Green-Rainbow Party, the United Independent Party won official status during the November election by capturing at least three percent of the vote in a statewide race. With official status, the parties now can hold primaries and field candidates under their party banners. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status in the state had doubled. The Green-Rainbow …

Bombing victim going home after amputation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg. …

Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person …

Statewide quarantine on ash lumber, hardwood firewood seeks to contain emerald ash borer

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One little bug is causing big problems for trees and loggers in Massachusetts. A statewide quarantine on ash lumber and all hardwood firewood took effect Monday, in an effort by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to …

Casino cash set to flow into local communities

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON — Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state’s casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort. To be sure, casino payments have been flowing to the state long before the Nov. 4 election, when voters …

Group asks Baker to act on mental health policies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker should move quickly after taking office to address issues surrounding mental health treatment, including disparities between insurance payment rates for behavioral health and other medical services, an advocacy group said Tuesday. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness unveiled …

College football player charged with assault

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend’s skull. John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault …

Police: Pittsfield driver struck man on purpose

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Pittsfield woman police say intentionally struck a man in crosswalk with her car has been held without bail. A lawyer for 20-year-old Harmony Edwards-Persip said in court Monday that his client acted in self-defense because the man she struck is a gang member and …

Millionaire pot dealer, 79, challenges stop, search

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they …

Harvard, UNC sued over admission policies

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving …

MGM pays $85M license fee for Springfield casino

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield resort casino on Monday, state gambling regulators announced. The Las Vegas-based company, through the limited liability company Blue Tarp reDevelopment, submitted the payment for its 15-year license electronically. …

Two women rabbis leading Worcester temples

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WORCESTER — Rabbi Aviva Fellman says it’s one “happy joke” in the local Jewish community. Congregation Beth Israel has been “taken over” by women, she said, with various ladies on the bima, or pulpit, as of late. And …

Retired colonel named outstanding woman vet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ATTLEBORO — Julie Hall helped pave the way for women in the military, and now she’s been named the state’s outstanding female veteran. Hall, 56, and one of 11 candidates for the Deborah Sampson Award this year, is a retired Air Force colonel with 30 years of active …