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Harvard Business School Professor and faculty chair of HBX Bharat Anand demonstrates HBX Live, an online classroom that allows real-time interaction between professors and students from around the world, at the WGBH television studios in Boston, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Harvard launches live ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays …

Accused in Pokemon threats denied bail

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado. Judge Thomas Horgan ordered Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames, and James Stumbo, 27, …

Irish nanny to be deported after murder charge is dropped

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An Irish ex-nanny is being deported a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a 1-year-old girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered Tuesday at the Burlington office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed. She’s been arrested and placed …

Four shootings leave 5 dead in, around Boston

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — Five people were killed in four shootings in Boston and its suburbs late Wednesday and early Thursday, including a 21-year-old woman authorities believe was an unintended target, officials said. Three young men were killed in two shootings in Boston just minutes apart Wednesday night, drawing condemnation …

Judge hears arguments on casino for Vineyard

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOSTON — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan …

Girl’s father feels bad about slain Vt. social worker

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man who shares a 9-year-old daughter with a woman accused of killing a Vermont social worker said Wednesday that he feels bad for the victim’s family. Edward Szczebak spoke to The Associated Press in his …

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig to ‘hack’ politics with White House run

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Harvard law professor wants to “hack” the political system by running for president. On Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig began a crowd-funded campaign for the Democratic nomination, filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Lessig said he plans to set himself apart from Democratic frontrunner …

Scientists: Fetal tissue key to medical research

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines …

Mild summer lowers power costs

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The mild summer so far has allowed New Englanders to often turn off their air conditioners, helping cut costs with reduced demand for electricity. An abundance of natural gas and more efficient power plants have helped reduce the wholesale price of energy, a respite from …

Mass. congressional delegation still unsure on Iran deal

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — With just over a month before the deadline for Congress to act on an international nuclear deal with Iran, more than half of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic delegation is still on the fence, according to a poll of …

Baker helps launch Round 2 of ALS ice bucket challenge

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A deep freeze fell briefly upon Beacon Hill on a warm August day as Gov. Charlie Baker, members of his staff and other top state officials took the ice bucket challenge to help find a …

Fisherman on TV’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ denies fraud

Monday, August 10, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fisherman featured on the reality show “Wicked Tuna” pleaded not guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that he collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled. The indictment handed down last month says Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Barre, Vermont, accepted …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …