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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the site of the former Westinghouse plant where he announced that the Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., plans to build rail cars for use by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority at a new factory in Springfield, Mass. At right is Richard Davey, state secretary of transportation. The T's board of directors is scheduled on Wednesday to discuss authorization of a $566 million initial contract with Changchun, a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned CNR Corp. (AP Photo/The Republican, Mark M. Murray)

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company’s winning bid was unrealistically low. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to comply with a state law designed to ease the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts. Coakley …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker. Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …

N.E. raking in millions from the leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. …

Warren campaigns for Iowa Senate hopeful

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Elizabeth Warren focused on stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a campaign stop in Iowa Sunday, but some liberal activists in the state that will hold the first presidential caucus of …

Northbridge woman rescues greyhounds

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHBRIDGE — When Donna Nelson-Duey adopted her first greyhound more than 20 years ago, she received more than a pet for her family. The family adopted what has become a mission to help greyhounds locally and all over …

Candidates for Massachusetts treasurer face challenge of protecting state lottery from casino competition

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BOSTON — One of the biggest challenges facing the three candidates hoping to become the next Massachusetts treasurer is how to protect the state lottery from possible revenue threats from new casino developments and online gambling. Republican Mike Heffernan, Democrat Deb Goldberg and Green-Rainbow candidate Ian Jackson are …

President Clinton stumps in Worcester for Coakley

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Thursday, as Republican challenger Charlie Baker faulted her for not doing more to disclose that a lawsuit she filed could benefit a nonprofit …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

Revere, Suffolk Downs workers sue over casino

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Revere and a union representing Suffolk Downs workers have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which awarded a coveted Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts in nearby Everett. The lawsuit Thursday says the commission gave Wynn an unfair advantage in its decision …

Healey, Miller stake claims to attorney general’s office

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — With just weeks to go before Election Day, the two candidates for Massachusetts attorney general are scrambling to reach out to new voters and maintain enthusiasm among their core supporters while offering competing visions for the …

Gubernatorial hopefuls spar over outsourcing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democrats stepped up their criticism of GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker on Wednesday over claims that as head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, he allowed 200 jobs to be outsourced to India, while Republicans denounced the …