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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Bernie Sanders win NH primaries in scrambled presidential campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people in his win over Hillary Clinton, but faces challenges in the more diverse states to come …

MBTA officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — A transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded during a gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon bombers announced his retirement Tuesday, citing the lingering effects of his injuries. Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic shootout in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. …

Senior Boston firefighter guilty of fraud, larceny

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Boston Fire Department has been convicted of stealing nearly $50,000 in public money to pay his bills and obtain personal items. District Chief Edward Scigliano IV, of Kingston, was convicted Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court of procurement fraud and larceny over $250. Prosecutors say Scigliano directed the department’s vendor of emergency vehicles to deposit $32,000 …

Law ends practice of sending addicted women to state prison

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts is ending its long-standing practice of sending women with alcohol or substance abuse problems but who have committed no crimes to the state prison for women in Framingham. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed …

Markey blocks FDA pick over drug approval

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is blocking Senate confirmation of a new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration to call attention to the agency’s approval process for opioid painkillers. The Massachusetts Democrat said Monday he’s placed …

Missouri professor who called for ‘muscle’ to remove reporter charged with assault

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Melissa Click, the University of Missouri communications professor who garnered widespread scorn for trying to physically remove a student reporter from a campus protest, was formally charged with assault Monday morning. A spokeswoman for the Columbia Prosecutor’s Office said Click was being charged with third-degree …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …

Harvard vandalism probe closes empty-handed

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University police have closed their investigation into the vandalism of portraits of some black law professors without finding a culprit. A campus email from Harvard Law School’s dean for administration said police conducted numerous interviews and performed a forensic examination. But they could not …

Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury. Smokers in the class-action lawsuit allege Philip Morris manufactured a defective …

Plan for new hut in White Mts. spurs debate

Sunday, January 24, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. — More than five decades since a backcountry hut for hikers was last built in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a plan to put one less than 2 miles into the woods has stirred passions among some …

Baker’s budget to offer modest hikes for cities, towns

Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker told municipal officials Friday that he would propose modest increases in state assistance to local communities and school districts in the budget he files with the Legislature next week. Baker, a Republican, said he would recommend a $42 million increase in unrestricted local …

Sex abuse scandal rocks St. George’s School in Rhode Island

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — For more than a century, St. George’s School has been part of the pedigree of some of America’s richest and most influential families. Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes have attended the exclusive boarding school, where students …

Baker touts achievements, sets goals in first State of the State

Thursday, January 21, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker hailed what he called the spirit of bipartisanship on Beacon Hill as he detailed some of his goals for the new year in his first State of the State address Thursday. The Republican …