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Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat back a challenge from Republican Richard Tisei, a former state senator who’s running for the U.S. House seat again. While Tierney has … 0

Three Democrats run for lieutenant governor in primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The office of lieutenant governor has a limited budget, few prescribed responsibilities and has been vacant for the past 15 months without much notice or effect. The relatively unknown candidates who are trying to fill it all say they can carve out an important role for themselves while serving as an invaluable partner to the next governor. The three Democrats on … 0

Where the candidates for governor stand on health care issues

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is the first in a series of five glances exploring the positions of candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a difficult prescription to fill for the next governor, given Massachusetts’ rocky effort to merge its … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part … 0

Tougher animal abuse bill heading to Gov. Patrick’s desk

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have given final passage to a bill that would toughen penalties for those who abuse animals. The House and Senate gave final approval to the so-called PAWS bill — short for Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety — during the legislature’s informal session this … 0

Bulger’s attorneys file appeal of his conviction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense. Bulger, who’s 84, was convicted and sentenced on racketeering charges that tied him to 11 … 0

Hernandez excused from hearing in murder case

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case. Hernandez’s defense team asked the judge to waive his appearance before the Suffolk County Superior … 0

State to use more ‘humor’ on highway signs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards. The contest was inspired by a message posted on highways in May that encouraged drivers to “Use … 0

Worcester DA: inmate charged in prison killing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CLINTON — Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says another inmate has been charged with murder in the prison beating death of a 72-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder. Early said Thursday that 27-year-old Allan Erazo is expected to be arraigned in Clinton District Court … 0

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a … 0

Governor signs bill to overhaul state’s gun laws

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed a sweeping overhaul of Massachusetts’ gun laws, a measure he said will help curb gun violence, protect families and build safer communities. The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office … 0

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0