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FILE - This  Dec. 17, 2013 file photo shows anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, left, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone as she protests outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinic entrances. Patrick praised lawmakers … 0

Lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is … 0

Compromise gun bill up for final vote

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill, which is expected to come up for a final vote Thursday, is a compromise between House and Senate versions of a sweeping … 0

Super PAC ad heats up governor’s race

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON — The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is criticizing rival Steve Grossman after a super PAC launched an ad attacking Coakley for her opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to limit individuals to one gun purchase per month. The TV ad was paid for by … 0

Gants sworn in as SJC chief

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ralph Gants was installed Monday as the new chief justice of the highest court in Massachusetts. Gants was sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick as the 37th chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Gants, … 0

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review … 0

Conn. seeks better freight rail line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in … 0

Family feud sparks revolt at Market Basket supermarket chain

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. … 0

Neal opposed to Westover as site for migrant children

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICOPEE — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal this week criticized Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to house refugee children at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, saying it was “virtually unlikely” to be chosen as a site. In an interview … 0

US plans seismic testing of sea floor off E. Coast

Friday, July 25, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer. The U.S. Geological … 0

GOP: Verdicts proof Beacon Hill rotten

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic party’s tight grip on state government quickly pounced on guilty verdicts against three former state probation officials, saying the case pointed to the consequences of one-party domination in Massachusetts. A federal jury on Thursday convicted former probation commissioner John … 0

Experts petition judge to block Mass. hospital takeover

Friday, July 25, 2014

BOSTON — A petition signed by 21 antitrust experts and health economists asks a Massachusetts judge to block efforts by the state’s biggest health care system to absorb three more hospitals. The Partners HealthCare System’s planned takeovers of South Shore Hospital and two Hallmark Health System hospitals have … 0