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Passers-by walk toward an entrance to the Cape Cod Mall, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hyannis, Mass. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. The three Afghanistan National Army officers were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, said …

Casino backers ramp up spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — A casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending. The Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Jobs spent $702,000 from Sept. 1-15, according to the group’s most recent campaign finance filing. That’s up from the $577,000 it spent in the two months from its July formation to the end …

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an overseas trade mission, cited a “cumulative loss of confidence” in the board, which tracks and …

Environmentalists accused of hypocrisy in NE natural gas dispute

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …

Doctors say Ebola patient progressing

Sunday, September 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska doctors treating the man who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia said Sunday that he is making progress, but it’s not yet clear if he will recover. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

Driver killed after Ware police chase

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WARE (AP) — Authorities say the driver of a car that was involved in a police pursuit is dead after the vehicle overturned in Ware. The Ware Police Department says 26-year-old Dean K. Latulippe of Barre died in the crash on West Warren Road around 1 a.m. Saturday. …

Two hit by lightning on Mass. beach

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Ipswich police say two women who were struck by lightning remain in critical condition. Police on Sunday did not identify the women who were injured while at a beach during severe storms on Saturday. Police said one woman is 69 and is from Concord, and …

Mass. doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska for treatment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday. Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said Dr. Richard …

Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said. Glenn Adam Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at the New …

Court trims fines against 2 utilities for 2011 storm response

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s highest court Thursday reduced penalties imposed against two electric utilities for their response to a pair of 2011 storms, but upheld the standard used by Massachusetts regulators in evaluating how the companies performed after widespread power outages. The Department of Public Utilities fined National …

On the issues: Governor hopefuls on gun control

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Stemming gun violence and illegal gun trafficking has been a major topic of discussion in Massachusetts in recent months despite the state’s reputation for having some of the nation’s most stringent laws already in place. Differences in approach to gun safety issues have emerged between the …

Governor candidates outline education stands

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON — Education is always a critical issue in campaigns for governor in a state that prides itself on a knowledge-based economy. This year is no different. Each of the five Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have outlined plans ahead of the Sept. 9 primaries that they …