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This combination made from file photos shows U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Ed Markey, D-Mass. In a letter delivered Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Blumenthal and Markey are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, Stephan Savoia)

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the demand in a letter to Transportation Secretary …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, …

Police seize more than 100 pounds of marijuana, $1 million in Agawam raid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts continue to investigate after a raid on an Agawam storage locker yielded more than 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash. Police said Wednesday that the 118 pounds of marijuana seized with the assistance of federal agents last week had a street value of almost $400,000. The Westfield News reports that Chief …

President Clinton stumps in Worcester for Coakley

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Thursday, as Republican challenger Charlie Baker faulted her for not doing more to disclose that a lawsuit she filed could benefit a nonprofit …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

Revere, Suffolk Downs workers sue over casino

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Revere and a union representing Suffolk Downs workers have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which awarded a coveted Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts in nearby Everett. The lawsuit Thursday says the commission gave Wynn an unfair advantage in its decision …

Healey, Miller stake claims to attorney general’s office

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — With just weeks to go before Election Day, the two candidates for Massachusetts attorney general are scrambling to reach out to new voters and maintain enthusiasm among their core supporters while offering competing visions for the …

Gubernatorial hopefuls spar over outsourcing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democrats stepped up their criticism of GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker on Wednesday over claims that as head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, he allowed 200 jobs to be outsourced to India, while Republicans denounced the …

Man charged with stabbing park rangers on Boston Common held on $1M

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — The homeless man charged with stabbing two park rangers on Boston Common was held Wednesday on $1 million bail at his arraignment, where his lawyer said he struggles with mental illness. Bodio Hutchinson, 34, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery …

Contents of 1901 Boston time capsule revealed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, political campaign buttons and a presidential message on U.S. foreign relations, archivists said Wednesday. The shoebox-sized capsule was removed last week from the …

Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship …

Prosecutors say dead babies were found clothed

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

UXBRIDGE — At least two of the three babies whose skeletal remains were found in a filthy Massachusetts home may have been alive “for some period of time” before they were found, prosecutors said in court on Tuesday. …

Officials: No Ebola in state

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities offered reassurances on Tuesday that there were no confirmed cases of Ebola in the state, and said the region’s public health system was well-prepared if a case were detected. On Monday, emergency personnel wearing infectious disease protection suits boarded an Emirates flight from Dubai …