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Audience members launch paper airplanes during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds can …

Warren, Markey oppose request

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train and arm the rebels for a war against Islamic state militants. The Senate approved …

Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of “temporary employment disruptions” in the retail sector. The state’s unemployment rate in August was 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in July. Massachusetts lost 5,300 …

After defeating nine-term congressman, Seth Moulton now faces Richard Tisei

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state’s 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a bitter Democratic primary …

Gubernatorial choices set sights on November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — With primary election wins behind them, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wasted no time Wednesday setting the stage for what could be a bruising campaign for governor that apparently will not include restrictions on …

Massachusetts reports second human case of West Nile virus this year

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says the state has confirmed its second human case of West Nile virus this year. Officials said Wednesday the case, like the first one, is from Middlesex County. The new case is a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission delays decision for Boston-area casino license

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators said Wednesday they will hold off on awarding the lone Boston-area casino license this week to give Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun time to respond to requirements the state wants to impose on the winning bidder. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission asked Wynn to …

Martha Coakley, Charlie Baker win nominations for governor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are moving on to November after winning the nominations of their respective parties for governor on Tuesday. Coakley defeated state treasurer and former Democratic party chairman Steven …

Tierney defeated in US House primary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state’s 6th Congressional District. Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts …

Healey is Democrats’ pick for top prosecutor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — Political newcomer Maura Healey, a former state assistant prosecutor seeking to become the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation, captured the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts office on Tuesday, following a hard-fought primary against a veteran state lawmaker. The 43-year-old Charlestown resident …

Goldberg wins primary for state treasurer

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Deb Goldberg has won a three-way Democratic primary for Massachusetts state treasurer. The former Brookline selectwoman defeated state Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and state Rep. Tom Conroy of Wayland in Tuesday’s voting. Goldberg will face off with Republican nominee Michael Heffernan of Wellesley in …

Brown wins NH primary

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state. Brown faced nine primary opponents, though only …

Low turnout projected for primary

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Low voter turnout is expected for the primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday. “I think there hasn’t been a great deal of enthusiasm so …