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FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, rear, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Bauman testified Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, charged with conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Bombing victims tell of carnage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — The tall, well-built man, dressed in a hooded sweater and carrying a black backpack, bumped into Jeffrey Bauman in the throngs of spectators at the Boston Marathon finish line. Bauman, who had come to cheer on his girlfriend, immediately thought the solitary man looked out of place. Not realizing it, he had just come in contact with Tamerlan …

Early education backers fault Baker budget plan

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is coming under fire from education advocates who say he missed an opportunity in his first state budget proposal to signal his commitment to early education. During last year’s campaign for governor, Baker decided not to back Democrat Martha Coakley’s pledge to eliminate a waiting list of 17,000 children seeking subsidized pre-kindergarten education, arguing state education priorities …

Holyoke man pleads not guilty in samurai slaying

Thursday, March 5, 2015

HOLYOKE (ap) — A Holyoke man charged with killing a man in 2008 with a Samurai sword owned by the victim has been ordered held without bail. Ismael Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on a murder charge in the June 2008 slaying of Humberto Brindis. The 22-year-old Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday after detectives who reopened the cold case linked him …

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 …

Heavy snow collapses Boston area barn, killing 2 horses

Friday, February 20, 2015

WESTFORD — A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow on Friday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hours-long rescue effort that saved five others. Firefighters, public works crews and others responded to Bobby’s Ranch in Westford, about 35 miles northwest of Boston. The effort …

NE’s snow struggle of 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

BOSTON — If it’s just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away? Midway through an epic winter that’s shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, …

Jane Garvey of Northampton on panel to recommend fixes for beleaguered MBTA

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In response to the near-collapse of greater Boston’s transit system under the weight of recent snowstorms, Gov. Charlie Baker assembled a panel of experts — including former Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey of Northampton — …

Roofs across NE sag under weight of snow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …

Witness: Hernandez spoke of endorsements

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would …