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This combination made from file photos shows U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Ed Markey, D-Mass. In a letter delivered Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Blumenthal and Markey are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, Stephan Savoia)

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the demand in a letter to Transportation Secretary …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law, and No on Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits, …

Police seize more than 100 pounds of marijuana, $1 million in Agawam raid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts continue to investigate after a raid on an Agawam storage locker yielded more than 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash. Police said Wednesday that the 118 pounds of marijuana seized with the assistance of federal agents last week had a street value of almost $400,000. The Westfield News reports that Chief …

Biden: US leadership still critical

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Vice President Joe Biden delivered a full-throated defense of the Unites States’ active role in an ever more complex international environment during a speech Thursday. Biden said the United States’ engagement in the world is more …

Feds: Owners of Wynn land hid mob ties

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON — Owners of the heavily polluted waterfront property that Wynn Resorts plans to develop into a $1.6 billion resort casino attempted to conceal the fact that a convicted felon and known mob associate was profiting from 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 …