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Audience members launch paper airplanes during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds can …

Warren, Markey oppose request

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train and arm the rebels for a war against Islamic state militants. The Senate approved …

Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of “temporary employment disruptions” in the retail sector. The state’s unemployment rate in August was 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in July. Massachusetts lost 5,300 …

Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seth Moulton’s opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers into a …

Harvard health school gets $350M

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Harvard University announced Monday that its school of public health has received a record $350 million donation to support students and bolster research into major global health threats. The gift, the largest single donation in the history of the university, came from a philanthropic foundation established …

Five things to know about Tuesday vote

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. Here are five things to keep an eye on during Tuesday’s balloting: …

Environmentalists accused of hypocrisy in NE natural gas dispute

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …

Doctors say Ebola patient progressing

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska doctors treating the man who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Sunday that he is making progress, but it’s not yet clear if he will recover. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

Driver killed after Ware police chase

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WARE (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a car that was involved in a police pursuit is dead after the vehicle overturned in Ware. The Ware Police Department says 26-year-old Dean K. Latulippe of Barre died in the crash on West Warren Road around 1 a.m. Saturday. …

Two hit by lightning on Mass. beach

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman is 69 and is from Concord, and …

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said. Glenn Adam Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at the New …