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Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sprague also will be required to pay restitution to the …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, …

Candidates for Massachusetts treasurer face challenge of protecting state lottery from casino competition

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BOSTON — One of the biggest challenges facing the three candidates hoping to become the next Massachusetts treasurer is how to protect the state lottery from possible revenue threats from new casino developments and online gambling. Republican Mike Heffernan, Democrat Deb Goldberg and Green-Rainbow candidate Ian Jackson are …

President Clinton stumps in Worcester for Coakley

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Thursday, as Republican challenger Charlie Baker faulted her for not doing more to disclose that a lawsuit she filed could benefit a nonprofit …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

Revere, Suffolk Downs workers sue over casino

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Revere and a union representing Suffolk Downs workers have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which awarded a coveted Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts in nearby Everett. The lawsuit Thursday says the commission gave Wynn an unfair advantage in its decision …

Healey, Miller stake claims to attorney general’s office

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — With just weeks to go before Election Day, the two candidates for Massachusetts attorney general are scrambling to reach out to new voters and maintain enthusiasm among their core supporters while offering competing visions for the …

Gubernatorial hopefuls spar over outsourcing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — Democrats stepped up their criticism of GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker on Wednesday over claims that as head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, he allowed 200 jobs to be outsourced to India, while Republicans denounced the …

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. …