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FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, actor Mark Wahlberg arrives for the world premiere of the movie "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" in Hong Kong. Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a documentary play and an HBO documentary are all in the works. Those most touched by the 2013 attack have decidedly mixed feelings about seeing the tragedy told on the stage and screen. Wahlberg, a Boston native, is expected to star in one of the films. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Bombing survivors brace for movie versions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BOSTON — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy. News that Boston native Mark Wahlberg planned to star in “Patriots Day” surfaced earlier …

Baker signs bill to crack down on fentanyl trafficking

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — A law signed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker makes trafficking of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug sometimes mixed with heroin, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Legislature approved the bill as one response to an opioid abuse epidemic that claimed an estimated 1,250 deaths in Massachusetts last year, almost triple the number from five years ago. …

Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed to address 13 concerns about racial equality outlined in a letter sent to her on …

Supporters rally for Boston-area mosque tagged with ‘USA’ graffiti

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BURLINGTON (AP) — Muslim leaders and clergy from other faiths rallied Thursday during a demonstration themed “We are Americans” to show support for a suburban Boston mosque spray-painted with “USA” graffiti. The morning rally at the Islamic Center of Burlington was meant to counter anti-Muslim sentiment. Supporters wrote …

Mass. voters decide mayoral, other contests

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BOSTON — Polls closed in 53 cities and towns across Massachusetts on Tuesday with voters deciding several mayoral contests in an otherwise low-key Election Day in Massachusetts. One of the highlights of the day was the spirited race to succeed the late Democratic state Sen. Thomas Kennedy, who …

Teen with degree from UCLA postpones master’s study at Brandeis to help NASA develop surveillance technology

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone. Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San …

Lessig ends presidential run

Monday, November 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Harvard law professor Larry Lessig is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig blamed the demise of his nearly three-month campaign on the Democratic Party, which he says leaves him “just shut out” of the primary debates. He struggled to hit 1 percent in …

Others adopt Gloucester’s approach to addicts

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BOSTON — A police program in northern Massachusetts that helps fast-track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in other states and showing signs of reducing crimes associated with addiction. Gloucester police say dozens of departments in nine …

Supporters of public records overhaul await vote by Legislature

Saturday, October 31, 2015

BOSTON — A coalition of public watchdog groups, civil rights advocates and Massachusetts newspaper publishers is calling for quick action on legislation aimed at overhauling a state public records law they say hasn’t been updated in more than 40 years. Momentum for a public records bill that appeared …

Mass. expecting smooth health care sign-up period

Saturday, October 31, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts officials hope the third time will be the charm for the state’s health connector when the next open enrollment period begins for qualified insurance plans. Louis Gutierrez, the connector’s executive director, said in a conference call with reporters on Friday that a number of technical …

State gambling panel eyes regulations for daily fantasy sports

Thursday, October 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators voiced support Thursday for regulating daily fantasy sports, with some noting rising concerns about insider trading, money laundering, gambling addiction and other issues as the industry has exploded in popularity in recent years. …

Prep school grad gets year in jail for sexual assault

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a competition among upperclassmen to rack up sexual …

MGM execs hold casino talks in Springfield

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM’s top executive says more design changes are in store for the company’s $800 million Springfield but none he would deem major. MGM Resorts International chief executive James Murren joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at City Hall Thursday in an effort to mend fences. The …