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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker, right, listen to a technician moments before a televised debate at WGBH television studios, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Boston. Baker and Coakley are locked in a dead heat and each are hoping to lure in more supporters while avoiding any gaffe that could cost them the election. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

Baker, Coakley face off in gubernatorial debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts. Coakley said if elected she would focus on building a sustainable economy from the ground up while Baker said he would work to strengthen local economies in struggling parts of the state. Baker …

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was lying or high

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight. Robel Phillipos, …

Judge seeks 1,000 for bombing trial jury pool

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the …

MIT, Twitter team up on social media project

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter are teaming up on a $10 million project to better understand social networks and figure out new ways to benefit from them. As part of the five-year partnership, Twitter will provide full access to its real-time, public stream …

Ex-Lee police chief faces fraud trial in January

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Lee’s former police chief faces trial in January on charges that he stole more than $50,000 from a charity that buys Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Ex-Chief Joseph Buffis is scheduled for trial on charges including extortion, mail fraud and money laundering in U.S. District …

Baker maintains edge in fundraising stakes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker maintains a hefty fundraising lead over Democrat Martha Coakley as the governor’s race heads into its final full month of campaigning. By the end of September, aides to Baker and running mate Karyn …

App teaches preschoolers basic coding for computers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children …

Three Afghan soldiers who fled say they can’t go home

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BATAVIA, N.Y. — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath …

Marathon bombing suspects’ sister charged with threats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her …

Alleged molester held without bail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man described by prosecutors as a serial child molester has been held without bail in Massachusetts after being charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge Monday ruled that 74-year-old Arturo Bravo was a danger to …

Bottle-bill backers: Pull TV ads

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot question that would expand the Massachusetts bottle-deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages say opponents are trying to mislead voters. The Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill, which includes groups like the Massachusetts Sierra Club and …

Inmate’s death leads to the firing of three hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER (AP) — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in …