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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, left, speaks at a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Liberal Democrats and Republicans have found something to agree on: both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Each side is driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — yet again — insist she’s not interested in the White House. People on both sides have a vested interest in clinging to …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. …

Dozens of anti-gun billboards to replace one coming down

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed around the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” and feature an assault rifle with a white flag in the …

MGM breaks ground on 1st casino in state

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on …

Big trials spur calls for cameras in federal court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber …

Tsarnaev talked of losing loved ones in Chechnya

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had “lost too many” loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday. The jury in Tsarnaev’s federal …

Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, …

Nation’s mayors call for more federal road money

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — The nation’s mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors …

Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn’t have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed. “Cosby claims a privilege to defame where none …

Witness explores jihadi themes in bomber’s note

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — A note written by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid inside a boat contained themes of global jihad similar to those found in extremist materials on his computer, a terrorism expert testified Monday at his federal death penalty trial. In the note, scrawled in …

SJC: Juveniles seeking parole entitled to lawyers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Inmates serving life sentences for murders committed when they were juveniles are constitutionally entitled to lawyers and expert witnesses at their parole hearings, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. The 5-2 decision by the Supreme Judicial Court builds on a December 2013 ruling that found mandatory …

Holyoke shooting injures 1

Monday, March 23, 2015

HOLYOKE — Police are investigating a shooting in Holyoke that sent one man to the hospital with an injury not considered life threatening. Police Lt. Joseph Garcia says the victim told police he was walking through an alley from Oak Street to Linden just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday …

Companies look to tap into Vt.’s maple business

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ISLAND POND, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern …