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It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Defense admits Tsarnaev carried out Marathon bombing

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. …

Governor unveils $38B state budget proposal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker took the wraps off his first state budget on Wednesday, a $38 billion plan that calls for a 3 percent increase in overall spending but includes no new taxes. The budget being submitted to the Democratic-controlled Legislature seeks to close what the Republican administration said was a $1.8 …

Marathon bombing trial to start

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use. But starting Wednesday, …

Dobelle’s lawyers want off his case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WESTFIELD (ap) — Lawyers for former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle, who is suing state education officials, cite an “irreconcilable difference” and a failure to pay bills, in their effort to drop him as a client. Dobelle served as university president from January 2008 until his resignation …

Watchdog: State facing $1.5B budget shortfall

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — A taxpayers watchdog groups says Massachusetts’ budget shortfall could be as high as $1.5 billion, nearly twice what the administration is estimating. The president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told organizations that rely on state funding to “Brace yourselves for a new reality.” The foundation’s …

Bombing trial set to open next week

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Opening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be held next week, a court official announced Wednesday after the judge qualified enough prospective jurors to move on to the final stage …

Wesleyan students face party-drug charges

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — They were studying to be doctors and scientists, but police say four Wesleyan University students arrested this week also are known on campus as drug dealers. The four are charged in connection with the …

Baker forces 4 health connector members out

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker sought and received the resignations of four member of the state’s health connector board, including MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the passage of President Barack Obama’s 2010 …

Snow causes headaches for real estate industry

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house. The storms that …

Conservative think tank sues state over campaign finance law

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A conservative think tank on Tuesday sued the state over a rule that allows unions and certain other groups to make campaign donations of up to $15,000 while barring businesses from making any direct political donations to candidates. The Arizona-based Goldwater Institute said the lawsuit …

Man gets 17 years for shooting at Holyoke cop

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke man who shot at a city police officer has been sentenced to up to 17 years in prison. Pedro Arroyo was sentenced Monday in Hampden Superior Court after a jury took two hours to find him guilty of charges including armed assault with …

Drug sickens 11 students at Wesleyan

Monday, February 23, 2015

Police in Middletown, Conn., on Monday said they are searching for the source of what is likely a bad batch of Molly, an illegal synthetic party drug that sickened at least 11 students at Wesleyan University, two critically, after many used the drug Saturday. The drug, often found …

Capital defender has saved notorious clients

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — With her arm around the young man’s back, she gives him a gentle pat and leans in to whisper something to him. Judy Clarke could be his mother, with this simple, comforting gesture, but she is …