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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker, right, listen to a technician moments before a televised debate at WGBH television studios, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Boston. Baker and Coakley are locked in a dead heat and each are hoping to lure in more supporters while avoiding any gaffe that could cost them the election. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

Baker, Coakley face off in gubernatorial debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts. Coakley said if elected she would focus on building a sustainable economy from the ground up while Baker said he would work to strengthen local economies in struggling parts of the state. Baker …

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was lying or high

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight. Robel Phillipos, …

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 …

Fatal accident reported on Route 116 in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A fatal accident apparently involving a motorcycle was reported on Route 116 Monday afternoon. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police …

State educating more nurses

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. The number of bachelor of science in nursing degrees awarded by public and private colleges …

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 …