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President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. But Tsarnaev’s lawyers began their defense by …

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the …

Pro-pot legalization group warns against excessive taxation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot. Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a …

Snow problems in Boston chill Olympic bid

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON - The hundreds of grumpy commuters crammed into South Station vented to one another as they waited to see whether their trains would be canceled or delayed. The snowiest winter on record had already exposed deep gaps in this city’s infrastructure and soured public will toward an …

Friend says he gave gun to Marathon bomber

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev borrowed a gun two months before the 2013 attack and “kept coming up with excuses” for not returning it, a close friend testified Tuesday. Prosecutors have identified the Ruger handgun as …

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 …