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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court in Boston. Chin was among 14 people from the pharmaceutical  company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Feds charge 14 in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing …

Appeals court nixes sex change for inmate at taxpayers’ expense

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOSTON — A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the …

Baker says heroin crisis is among early priorities

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOSTON — Tackling the scourge of heroin and opiate addiction will be an early priority after taking office, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker said Tuesday as state police reported dozens of suspected overdose deaths around the state in recent weeks. “It cuts across geography. It cuts across class. It cuts across everything,” the Republican said. “That is something we are going to focus on early …

‘Social impact bonds’ sought to aid homeless

Monday, December 8, 2014

FRAMINGHAM — A plan that calls for using charitable donations and private-sector investment to ease chronic homelessness in Massachusetts was unveiled Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick. The “Pay for Success” initiative aims to create 500 units of housing for up to 800 homeless people over the next six …

United Independent Party gains official status

Monday, December 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The United Independent Party has gained official status alongside Democrats and Republicans in Massachusetts. Returns certified by the Secretary of State’s office confirm that the party’s candidate for governor in November, Evan Falchuk, won more than the 3 percent threshold for the United Independents to …

Baker faces broad range of challenges

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges — from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight …

Texas biologists warm chilled sea turtles

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Marine biologists have flown dozens of endangered sea turtles from Cape Cod to Galveston for treatment of hypothermia. The 50 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species, were shocked by recent cold temperatures …

Private forest owners aging, parcels shrinking

Sunday, December 7, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing and the size of parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions …

Protesters rally for 2nd night in Boston

Friday, December 5, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Demonstrators rallied for a second-straight night in the Boston area Friday to protest grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. Police say a crowd that grew to …

Research ship reaches end of line after 1.3 million miles

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WOODS HOLE (AP) — A ship that sailed more than 1.3 million miles in the name of science is back at port for the last time. The research vessel Knorr is being decommissioned after more than 40 years …

Clinton, in Boston, supports probes of police-involved deaths in Mo., NY

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the nation’s criminal justice system is “out of balance” and she supports federal reviews of police-involved deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Clinton said the two …

Baker to meet with Obama

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker is gearing up for a daylong trip to the White House on Friday where he’s scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama. Baker told The Associated Press on Thursday that at first …

Several thousand in Boston protest NY verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Several thousand people rallied peacefully in Boston on Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision to not charge a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man in New York City. Protesters blocked some streets while marching to Boston …