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Actress Amy Poehler, center, waves as she is seated with Jason Hellerstein, left, and Sam Clark, who are dressed in drag, while riding in a convertible through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday Jan. 29, 2015. Poehler was honored as "Woman of the Year" by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle finger” to growing up in nearby Burlington, …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision earlier Thursday, speaking …

Judge nixes Partners HealthCare hospital merger deal

Friday, January 30, 2015

BC-MA--Partners HealthCare,130 Judge nixes Partners HealthCare hospital merger deal Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press BOSTON — A high-profile deal that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to merge with South Shore Hospital has collapsed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders on Thursday rejected the agreement that Partners worked out with former Attorney General Martha Coakley to allow the merger, which would have also let Partners …

Vt.’s new Catholic bishop versed in cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The …

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …

Gov. Baker says local aid not target

Friday, January 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker promised a gathering of hundreds of local officials on Friday that he would be a strong advocate for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns, while offering reassurances that they will not have to shoulder the burden of state budget cuts. Baker told the Massachusetts …

Analysts expect Massachusetts fiscal problems to continue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …

Warren aims to enlist drug companies in basic research

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat plans to file a bill next week that she said would help fund basic medical research …

Another sloppy winter storm heading for NE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The first significant winter storm of the season is expected for the Northeast’s major cities this weekend in the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet along Interstate 95, according to the National …

Four NH bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose. The bears — two female adults and two cubs — were found dead within 50 …

ISO-New England president calls for increased capacity of natural gas pipelines

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stopping short of endorsing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, the head of New England’s electricity grid operator said Wednesday that even though a relatively mild winter has driven down energy costs for the region, there is a long-term need for more capacity to feed …

Deb Goldberg becomes new state treasurer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has a new treasurer. Democrat Deb Goldberg was sworn-in to the post at the Statehouse on Wednesday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Goldberg was elected to the post in November. She succeeds Steve Grossman, who ran unsuccessfully for governor. Goldberg’s family founded the Stop …