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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the site of the former Westinghouse plant where he announced that the Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., plans to build rail cars for use by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority at a new factory in Springfield, Mass. At right is Richard Davey, state secretary of transportation. The T's board of directors is scheduled on Wednesday to discuss authorization of a $566 million initial contract with Changchun, a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned CNR Corp. (AP Photo/The Republican, Mark M. Murray)

Chinese firm wins $567M contract to build rail cars in Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the “T,” the nation’s oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China’s human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company’s winning bid was unrealistically low. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to comply with a state law designed to ease the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts. Coakley …

Baker’s donation to NJ GOP a talking point for opponent

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker. Coakley, the state attorney general, said the case raised …

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 …

Maine and most other states do not have strict regulations for hayrides

Monday, October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Maine, like most states, does not have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more …

MIT revels in French economist’s Nobel Prize

Monday, October 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — The announcement that a French economist had won the Nobel Prize for economics set off celebrations Monday across the Atlantic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has strong ties. Jean Tirole’s research showing how …

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 …