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Boston Police officer John Quinn walks with, Miller, his bomb detection canine, over the finish line while sweeping the area in preparation for the Boston Marathon, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, … 0

Cops: Holyoke man sold heroin with son in car

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke man is facing charges for allegedly selling heroin out of his car with his 6-year-old son unrestrained in the rear seat. Springfield police say they pulled over a vehicle on Tuesday night after spotting it running a stop sign. The officer saw the unbelted child and the driver trying to hide something. The driver’s hands also appeared to … 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

Massachusetts Transportation Department targets $40 million to fix potholes, but local highway boss skeptical

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON — The state Department of Transportation announced it will make $40 million available to fix potholes in roads ravaged by the harsh winter, but local city officials said they do not know yet how the money will be allocated or how much it will help. “We experienced … 0

Domestic violence bill OK’d in House

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — An overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties for abusers, unanimously cleared the Massachusetts House on Tuesday amid concerns from defense attorneys that the bill was hastily drafted and overly broad. The measure, called the most comprehensive domestic violence … 0

Kennedy to be on Conn. ballot

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ted Kennedy Jr. has long had his famous name bandied about as a potential candidate for high political office while he worked for the disabled, campaigned for others and gave a stirring eulogy for … 0