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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its … 0

Lawmakers wrap up last day of 2-year session

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to complete work on several proposed new laws with Thursday marking the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013. One of the most closely watched bills would overhaul the state’s gun laws. The bill would give police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification … 0

Senate panel says many state boards should be eliminated

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts has dozens of state boards, commissions and task forces that no longer meet, don’t file reports or simply have become irrelevant, a Senate committee concluded. The Post Audit and Oversight Committee said it reviewed nearly 400 state entities and offered a series of recommendations to fix the problems. Many of the boards and commissions that had been created over the … 0

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say … 0

Whale watch turns into long night at sea

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. … 0

City of Revere cleaning up after tornado

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

REVERE (AP) — Some residents remained out of their damaged homes while others continued cleaning up Tuesday after a rare tornado that struck just north of Boston. Monday’s storm hit Revere, a coastal city of about 52,000 residents, … 0

Lawmakers: Statehouse needs up to $40M work

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Lawmakers are planning to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the gold-domed Statehouse, which is more than two centuries old. On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million to overhaul the 160-seat … 0

Tornado rips off roofs in Revere

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in … 0

Man charged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

Monday, July 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail “Abby” Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested without … 0

Super PAC ad heats up governor’s race

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON — The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is criticizing rival Steve Grossman after a super PAC launched an ad attacking Coakley for her opposition to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to limit individuals to one gun purchase per month. The TV ad was paid for by … 0

Gants sworn in as SJC chief

Monday, July 28, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ralph Gants was installed Monday as the new chief justice of the highest court in Massachusetts. Gants was sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick as the 37th chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Gants, … 0

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him … 0

GOP’s Baker raises more money than all rivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals. A review … 0