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Analysts expect Massachusetts fiscal problems to continue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, held a revenue hearing at the Statehouse as they sought to determine how much Massachusetts is likely to collect in …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and the start of trial testimony to begin Monday, and was optimistic that he could question …

Warren aims to enlist drug companies in basic research

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat plans to file a bill next week that she said would help fund basic medical research by targeting pharmaceutical companies accused of breaking the law. Warren’s bill would require that whenever …

Jury selection starts in Boston bombing

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — Some of the prospective jurors who could decide Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate got their first look Monday at the young man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, and they seemed transfixed by the sight of the shaggy-haired …

Two more women join Cosby suit

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — Two women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offenses decades ago have joined a defamation lawsuit, contending he publicly branded them as liars through statements by his representatives. The amended complaint was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, in western Massachusetts, where Cosby has a …

Baker names child welfare chief

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON — A child welfare specialist who led an outside examination of the embattled state Department of Children and Families was named Monday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to run the agency in his new administration. Linda Spears, vice president for policy, programs and public affairs for the Child …

Boston sues state gaming panel over Wynn casino

Monday, January 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The city filed a lawsuit on Monday against state gambling regulators, arguing that residents of its Charlestown neighborhood should be allowed a vote on a $1.6 billion resort casino that Wynn Resorts plans to build in suburban Everett. The lawsuit, filed against the Massachusetts Gaming …

Search begins for jury to try marathon suspect

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BOSTON — His accusers brandish a confession scribbled inside a boat during an intensive manhunt and a video they say shows him placing a backpack with a bomb a few feet from a little boy who died when …

Edward Brooke, Mass. Republican and first black elected US senator, dies at 95

Sunday, January 4, 2015

BOSTON — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his …

Federal appeals court will not delay or move trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Saturday, January 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The trial of marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can begin as scheduled Monday in Boston after a federal appeals court ruled that the defense had not met the “extraordinary” standard required to justify its intervention. …

Salem woman sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison for slashing throats of her two children

Friday, January 2, 2015

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who slashed her two children’s throats — before dousing them with lighter fluid and setting fire to their apartment — was sentenced Friday to 20 to 25 years in prison. Tanicia Goodwin, 27, of Salem, pleaded guilty to armed assault with intent …

Massachusetts Legislature faces budget shortfall as first major challenge of new term

Friday, January 2, 2015

BOSTON — With a new leadership team taking the helm in the Senate and a new Republican administration moving in down the hall, Massachusetts lawmakers get back to work next week with a state budget shortfall looming as the first pressing challenge of their two-year session. Democratic Gov. …

Cougar expert: Cats could return to Northeast US

Thursday, January 1, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont animal tracker known nationally for her expertise in tracking cougars believes the big cats will eventually return to the Northeastern United States and neighboring parts of Canada, but she says the region won’t …