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Freshman lawmakers top money list

Sunday, November 29, 2015

BOSTON — The three newest members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are turning out to be three of its most prolific fundraisers. During the first nine months of the year, U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton, Joe Kennedy and Katherine Clark each raised more than much longer-serving members of the delegation, with Moulton boasting the biggest haul: more than $1 million, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records. All …

Nearly 60 Massachusetts legislators support bill that would set statewide minimum age of 21 to buy tobacco products

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BOSTON — As Boston considers raising the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21, Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing the possibility of a making such a change on a statewide basis. Nearly 60 representatives and senators have signed on to a bill that would make it illegal to sell tobacco to people under 21, with …

Garrett Swasey, officer killed in Colorado, was co-pastor, figure skater who grew up in Melrose

Saturday, November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faith led Garrett Swasey to a career in public service and pastoral care, and duty led him to a Planned Parenthood clinic where he was gunned down. The 44-year-old Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings Friday at the clinic. Married with two …

State’s leading Democrats lining up behind Clinton

Sunday, November 15, 2015

BOSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is picking up strong support among top Democrats in Massachusetts, while fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders of neighboring Vermont has failed to catch fire among the party higher-ups. The Associated Press attempted to contact all 25 of the state’s Democratic superdelegates to …

New England, Quebec officials urge hydropower push

Saturday, November 14, 2015

BOSTON — Quebec and New England officials called Friday for stepped up efforts to deliver hydropower across the U.S.-Canada border to the six-state region, arguing it would lower energy costs and help tackle climate change. Philippe Couillard, the …

As AG reviews fantasy sports, Governor Baker says its a game of skill

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says he does not consider daily fantasy sports to be a form of gambling. The Republican, responding to a reporter’s question, said he believes it’s a game of skill. He says he played a free game online to get a sense of what …

US counter extremism program debates European efforts

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of a federal pilot program designed to root out homegrown extremists are looking to lessons learned in Europe, where government programs to confront radicalization have been in place for years but continue to generate debate. …

State announces new mortgage loan program for veterans

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has taken the wraps off a mortgage program that Gov. Charlie Baker says will make it easier for veterans to purchase their first homes. Baker announced the “Operation Welcome Home” loan program on Wednesday as Veterans Day was commemorated with parades and other observances …

‘Woodland partnership’ would offer financial and technical assistance for forest-based economic development

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Eleven western Franklin County towns could get an economic boost with state and federal grants to help preserve woodlands, manage timber, boost tourism and forestry industries — including wood-pellet manufacturing to heat town-owned buildings, according to a new …

Springfield slaying victim identified as delivery driver

Monday, November 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Police say the victim of a fatal weekend shooting in Springfield was delivering food for a city restaurant when he was killed. Police on Monday identified the victim of the Saturday night shooting as 40-year-old Fan Cheung Li. Li was found on a street in the …

Court upholds man’s conviction in death of woman set on fire

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the murder conviction of a Springfield man who was found guilty of killing his former girlfriend’s mother by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. Lastarandre Bell was convicted in 2008 in the death of Julie Ann …

Regulators consider what to do about collapsed lobster stock

Monday, November 9, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate fishing regulators are considering what to do about southern New England’s collapsed lobster population, and fishermen fear new restrictions could land on them as a result. The lobster population has sunk to the lowest levels on record in southern New England waters, affecting once-productive …

New England leaders speak against prescription opioid abuse

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON — Political leaders from across New England met with business leaders Monday to discuss ways to combat New England’s deadly opioid addiction problem, including tightening regulations around prescription painkillers. Also Monday, Massachusetts’ top medical schools said they’ve reached an agreement with the state to better teach their …