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Passers-by walk toward an entrance to the Cape Cod Mall, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hyannis, Mass. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. The three Afghanistan National Army officers were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, said …

Casino backers ramp up spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — A casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending. The Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Jobs spent $702,000 from Sept. 1-15, according to the group’s most recent campaign finance filing. That’s up from the $577,000 it spent in the two months from its July formation to the end …

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an overseas trade mission, cited a “cumulative loss of confidence” in the board, which tracks and …

Vt. utility goes to 100% renewable power sources

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, …

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …

Connecticut River Watershed Council raises concerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed …

Blackstone woman charged in connection with deaths of three infants in squalid home

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call …

Defeat of incumbent leaves Republican Richard Tisei facing political newcomer Seth Moulton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON — For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to GOP challenger Richard Tisei in the November election. Republicans may …

Three babies’ bodies found in filthy house

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE — The bodies of three infants were found Thursday in a filthy house where four other children were removed by authorities last month, a Massachusetts prosecutor said. A woman who lives at the home was arrested on …

State marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Fall River man who left his car and rushed into a burning building to alert residents to a fire was honored Thursday with a civilian bravery award named for a flight attendant aboard one …

After defeating nine-term congressman, Seth Moulton now faces Richard Tisei

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state’s 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a bitter Democratic primary …

Gubernatorial choices set sights on November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — With primary election wins behind them, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wasted no time Wednesday setting the stage for what could be a bruising campaign for governor that apparently will not include restrictions on …

Massachusetts reports second human case of West Nile virus this year

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says the state has confirmed its second human case of West Nile virus this year. Officials said Wednesday the case, like the first one, is from Middlesex County. The new case is a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized …