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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, left, speaks at a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Liberal Democrats and Republicans have found something to agree on: both want to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Each side is driven by self-interest as they cling to a dream that is all but certain to remain in the realm of fantasy.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — yet again — insist she’s not interested in the White House. People on both sides have a vested interest in clinging to …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. …

Dozens of anti-gun billboards to replace one coming down

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed around the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” and feature an assault rifle with a white flag in the …

Lift trouble injures 7 at Sugarloaf

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs — including his — plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and …

In Fall River, movement is launched to get church bells ringing once again

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FALL RIVER — The notion of a church bell is the notion of a community needing to know. So, church bells rang the time, rang when it was almost time for services, rang for the dead and the …

Paredes, personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 90

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in the White House as part of the president’s inner circle, has died. Providencia Paredes’ son, Gustavo, announced her death on his Facebook …

Boston Yeti selling swag for animals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume …

STATE BRIEFS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial winding down as early as next week

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BOSTON — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could …

FBI: Extremist material on Tsarnaev’s computer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a variety of extremist materials on his computer, including an issue of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire with an article entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,” an …

Patrick to forgo paid Boston 2024 job

Friday, March 20, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consulting job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including the $7,500-per-day fee he was to earn for …

Agreement: Welfare seekers must be offered voter cards

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration. The groups pushing for the settlement with the state Department of Transitional Assistance said Thursday that the agreement will bring …

Boston museum marks 25 years since art theft

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — It’s been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains unsolved. The theft has …