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A snowman built by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands outside the Verizon Wireless Center, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders foresees staying competitive by drawing …

Massachusetts Gov. Baker endorses Christie in GOP primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican presidential primary on Friday, arguing that Christie is best suited to govern in Washington’s highly partisan environment. Baker, a fellow Republican, said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on every issue, Christie has shown an ability to work across the political aisle. “We’re big …

Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies off Nantucket

Friday, February 5, 2016

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England’s gray seal population have been using drones as part of an effort to …

Authorities raid residential school in probe of alleged abuse

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Massachusetts residential school to treat boys and young men with behavior problems has been raided following allegations of physical and emotional abuse of students by school staff. The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/20AHufR) reports that dozens of local, state and federal authorities searched the Eagleton School …

Massachusetts political leaders undergo revolution in how they view drug users

Saturday, January 30, 2016

BOSTON — Jail time is out. Treatment is in. Spurred by a seemingly intractable opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of Massachusetts lives in recent years, political leaders have undergone a revolution in the way they view drug users. Even Gov. Charlie Baker — whose old Statehouse boss, …

Pittsfield Police charge man with armed robberies of six businesses

Friday, January 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Pittsfield Police have arrested a man they allege is responsible for a string of armed robberies of area businesses in the past month. The Berkshire Eagle reports that George Bliss was held without bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to six counts of armed and …

Deputy Peter Ostroskey promoted to succeed retiring Fire Marshal Stephen Coan

Thursday, January 28, 2016

STOW (AP) — The state’s deputy fire marshal is getting a promotion. The state Fire Service Commission on Wednesday selected Deputy Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey to take over for Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, who is retiring after 20 years on the job. Commission chairman Everett Fire Chief David …

Massachusetts Senate OKs bill that would ensure equal pay for men and women doing comparable work

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would ensure men and women earn equal pay for comparable work. The legislation would prohibit employers from discriminating based on gender when it comes to wages and other compensation. The bill defines comparable work as jobs requiring …

Massachusetts Senate advances overhaul of state’s public records laws

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOSTON — Government watchdog groups praised a bill outlined by Massachusetts Senate leaders Thursday that seeks to modernize public records rules that critics have labeled among the most outdated and cumbersome in the nation. The measure, advanced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would establish new timetables …

Marathon bombing amputee trains to run this year’s race

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s training to run this year’s race: all 26.2 miles of it. Adrianne Haslet-Davis said in an interview aired Tuesday on the …

AG’s office probes high cost of hepatitis C drug

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts attorney general’s office said Wednesday that it is investigating whether the makers of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C are violating state law by pricing the drugs too high. Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday publicly released the letter she sent Jan. 22 to …

Feds expand critical East Coast habitat for right whales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government is expanding its list of right whale habitat to include calving grounds off the Southeast coast and feeding grounds off New England, increasing the critical area by thousands of square nautical miles. …

Senate launches initiative on children

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has announced what he says will be a multi-year initiative to improve the lives of children in Massachusetts. Rosenberg named a group of nine senators Wednesday to look at everything from education and nutrition to public health, housing and workforce …