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A snowman built by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands outside the Verizon Wireless Center, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders foresees staying competitive by drawing …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on every issue, Christie has shown an ability to work across the political aisle. “We’re big …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England’s gray seal population have been using drones as part of an effort to …

Baker: DCF got full report Friday on boy, 3, who died

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration is cooperating with the investigation into the death of a 3-year-old boy who suffered traumatic injuries at his Boston home last weekend. The Republican governor on Wednesday said the state Department of Children and Families had been involved with the …

Auditor finds $13.7M in public assistance fraud

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — State Auditor Suzanne Bump says her office has identified a record high of $13.7 million in public assistance benefits fraud during the 2015 fiscal year. The Democrat says that amount represents a 44 percent increase over the previous year’s record of $9.5 million. It’s the …

Massachusetts Legislature postpones discussion of ‘millionaire tax’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have postponed debate about a proposed constitutional amendment calling for what’s been dubbed the “millionaire tax.” The House and Senate held a constitutional convention Wednesday but recessed before considering the 4 percent surtax. It would apply to individuals with annual incomes above $1 million. …

Opinions vary about state’s plan to stock island at Quabbin Reservoir with endangered rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ORANGE — Some people who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 …

Small quake shakes up sleepy Down East Maine

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTPORT, Maine — A small earthquake served as a wakeup call Tuesday for sleeping residents in Eastport, Maine, the easternmost city in the U.S. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake, among the smallest generally felt by people, was recorded just before 7 a.m. in the waters between Maine and Canada, …

Lawyer wants manslaughter case put on hold in teen’s suicide

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TAUNTON — A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with manslaughter for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself asked a judge Tuesday to put the case on hold until the state’s highest court decides her appeal. Joseph Cataldo, a lawyer for Michelle Carter, argued Tuesday that the …

‘Love Story’ actors return to Harvard 45 years later

Monday, February 1, 2016

CAMBRIDGE — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in “Love Story” and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half …

Congresswoman’s home target of ‘swatting’ call

Monday, February 1, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congresswoman said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation to combat. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Melrose, said she was home Sunday night with …

Gadfly on power projects faces criminal probe in Vt.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Now she is the target of a criminal …

Officials cash in with bigger donations

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BOSTON — A 2014 change in the state’s campaign finance law has delivered a cash windfall for top elected officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to rake in big money donations and quickly rebuild their election coffers. An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change — …