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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, spars with Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson  listen during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire — but he’d like to. From their movements and …

Mass. hydropower plan could change region’s energy landscape

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of …

Democrats ready for long, expensive battle between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, …

Feds expand critical East Coast habitat for right whales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government is expanding its list of right whale habitat to include calving grounds off the Southeast coast and feeding grounds off New England, increasing the critical area by thousands of square nautical miles. …

Senate launches initiative on children

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has announced what he says will be a multi-year initiative to improve the lives of children in Massachusetts. Rosenberg named a group of nine senators Wednesday to look at everything from education and nutrition to public health, housing and workforce …

Teachers rated highly in new state evaluation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON — Most Massachusetts teachers and administrators earned good grades under the state’s evaluation system last school year. Data released by education officials on Tuesday showed that about 86 percent of teachers and administrators earned a proficient rating in their performance reviews for the 2014-15 year, roughly the …

Speaker to outline goals for 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo planned to urge fellow House members to wade into contentious fights over charter schools and ride-hailing services in the coming months. The Democrat, beginning his eighth year as House leader, was scheduled to outline his 2016 agenda during his annual …

Law ends practice of sending addicted women to state prison

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts is ending its long-standing practice of sending women with alcohol or substance abuse problems but who have committed no crimes to the state prison for women in Framingham. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed …

Markey blocks FDA pick over drug approval

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is blocking Senate confirmation of a new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration to call attention to the agency’s approval process for opioid painkillers. The Massachusetts Democrat said Monday he’s placed …

Missouri professor who called for ‘muscle’ to remove reporter charged with assault

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Melissa Click, the University of Missouri communications professor who garnered widespread scorn for trying to physically remove a student reporter from a campus protest, was formally charged with assault Monday morning. A spokeswoman for the Columbia Prosecutor’s Office said Click was being charged with third-degree …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …

Harvard vandalism probe closes empty-handed

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University police have closed their investigation into the vandalism of portraits of some black law professors without finding a culprit. A campus email from Harvard Law School’s dean for administration said police conducted numerous interviews and performed a forensic examination. But they could not …

Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury. Smokers in the class-action lawsuit allege Philip Morris manufactured a defective …