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FILE - This  Dec. 17, 2013 file photo shows anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, left, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone as she protests outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinic entrances. Patrick praised lawmakers … 0

Lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is … 0

Compromise gun bill up for final vote

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill, which is expected to come up for a final vote Thursday, is a compromise between House and Senate versions of a sweeping … 0

Gun safety activists press for police chief discretion on FID cards

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Police chiefs and gun safety activists are pressing state lawmakers to give the chiefs discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis spoke at the Statehouse rally Tuesday and recalled how a man he had issued … 0

Hernandez lawyer: Pats records dispute over

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A dispute over team records that lawyers for Aaron Hernandez had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, the defense said Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over. Hernandez … 0

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a … 0

JetBlue pilot arrested in Boston drug bust

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common. Police said John Manwaring, 42, of Maitland, Florida, and … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal … 0

National parks in state generated $470 million

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to national parks in Massachusetts spent nearly $470 million in 2013. The report from the National Park Service shows that nearly 9.7 million people visited national parks in the state last year, supporting nearly 6,000 jobs. Most visitor spending … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton … 0

Patrick: Westover or Edwards possible for temporary shelter

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday proposed two possible locations in Massachusetts to temporarily shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border, one in Hampden County. Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee will be reviewed by officials from the … 1

Unlicensed mortician had 12 bodies in storage

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units … 0

Mass. Senate OKs sweeping gun bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. The Senate bill had initially … 0