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In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a passer-by walks near the engraved name of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy near the main entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned this place as being about one man,” …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was …

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board urged to encourage corporate diversity

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards. A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion pension fund, voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the full board adopt the guidelines. Under the new rule, the board would use its …

AG seeks ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday filed proposed regulations that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, prohibit free product giveaways or sampling, and require the devices be kept out of the reach of customers at stores. Currently there is no state law prohibiting …

Woman choked by officer sues Chicopee police

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A woman who was choked by a former Chicopee police officer during a violent struggle in February 2013 has sued for $1 million. The suit filed in federal court in Springfield by Maylene Maldonado alleges civil rights violations and improper training of officers. The city …

Chief justice, prosecutor differ on drug sentences

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — One of the highest profile prosecutors in Massachusetts has delivered a sharp rebuke to a plan by the state’s chief justice to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants at a legal summit Monday told dozens of lawyers …

Gay groups march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade made history Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups marched after decades of opposition that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The gay military veterans service group OutVets …

Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s miserable winter is now also its snowiest season going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, …

Carjack victim describes ride with Boston bombers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BOSTON — A carjacking victim on Thursday described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the attack and the moment he made the terrifying decision to bolt from the car. Dun Meng, …

Witness saw Tsarnaev leaning into slain MIT officer’s cruiser

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student on Wednesday identified Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the man he saw leaning in to the police cruiser of an MIT officer who was fatally shot three days …

House OKs $50M extra for snow removal

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The state House has approved a spending bill that includes an additional $50 million to cover the costs of snow and ice removal during a recent crippling blast of winter weather that dumped more than 8 feet of snow in places. The measure, filed by …

Court: Police chief had right to deny gun license

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The chief of police in Worcester was within his rights to deny a gun license to a man charged with domestic violence, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. In a unanimous ruling, the seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also found that the state’s “suitable person” standard …

Boston-area transit board approves snow compensation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The board overseeing the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system voted Wednesday to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders as a goodwill gesture to commuters who endured massive breakdowns during …