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President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. But Tsarnaev’s lawyers began their defense by …

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the …

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 …

Jury hears testimony on gloves in bomber’s car

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — The blood of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer appeared on white gloves found in Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s car, a DNA expert testified Wednesday as prosecutors tried to show he played an active role in that killing days after the bombings. Tsarnaev, 21, …

Report predicts Boston Olympics could boost economy with ‘smart budgeting and effective planning’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could reap billions of dollars in economic activity if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics, the authors of a new report suggest, while adding there are still many questions that cloud the forecast. The study, released Wednesday by the Donohue Institute at the …

state briefs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boston area housing affordability worsening BOSTON (AP) — A new report says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable housing in greater Boston, especially for young adults and aging baby boomers. The 12th annual housing report card released Wednesday by the Boston Foundation says while the Boston area’s …