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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley faces reporters while accompanied by Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, left, after she spoke to members of The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Coakley is running against Republican candidate Charlie Baker in the Nov. 4th general election. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Governor hopefuls meet with clergy

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates in the closely contested race for governor stopped at an inner-city church Monday to share their policies on issues critical to Boston and other urban centers in Massachusetts with large and potentially decisive voting blocs. Democrat Martha Coakley, Republican Charlie Baker and independent Evan Falchuk met separately in private with members of the Black Ministerial Alliance, an …

Judge seeks 1,000 for bombing trial jury pool

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the …

Man accused of driving school bus while drunk

Monday, October 20, 2014

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A school bus driver has been charged with driving drunk while transporting high school cross-country runners home from a meet. Robert Murphy, of Ashland, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he poses a threat to others. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, …

Maine hayride crash kills teenage girl

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said …

Indexing of gas tax up for vote on ballot

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOSTON — If approved, Question 1 on the November ballot wouldn’t lower the state’s gas tax, but it could stop future increases that would otherwise occur automatically and without any say by lawmakers. Supporters of the initiative view …

Oil prices fall while cost of natural gas climbs

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HARTFORD — Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events — higher prices for natural …

Candidates for Massachusetts governor battle over health care, child welfare

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — The candidates running for Massachusetts governor toughened their rhetoric Tuesday during their first Boston televised debate with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley battling over health care issues and how best to overhaul the state’s …

Two agencies intervene in request by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to increase winter storage capacity

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two local agencies are intervening in a proposal to temporarily allow the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to boost output by pumping and releasing more river water at its mountaintop reservoir. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Connecticut River Watershed Council have filed a joint intervention in …

Michelle Obama campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New England

Friday, October 3, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama made a political swing through New England Friday on behalf of Democrats running for governor in tight races in Massachusetts and Maine, where she urged fired-up supporters to get to the polls when her …

Biden: US leadership still critical

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Vice President Joe Biden delivered a full-throated defense of the Unites States’ active role in an ever more complex international environment during a speech Thursday. Biden said the United States’ engagement in the world is more …

Feds: Owners of Wynn land hid mob ties

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON — Owners of the heavily polluted waterfront property that Wynn Resorts plans to develop into a $1.6 billion resort casino attempted to conceal the fact that a convicted felon and known mob associate was profiting from the …

MIT, Twitter team up on social media project

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter are teaming up on a $10 million project to better understand social networks and figure out new ways to benefit from them. As part of the five-year partnership, Twitter will provide full access to its real-time, public stream …

Ex-Lee police chief faces fraud trial in January

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Lee’s former police chief faces trial in January on charges that he stole more than $50,000 from a charity that buys Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Ex-Chief Joseph Buffis is scheduled for trial on charges including extortion, mail fraud and money laundering in U.S. District …