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Governor candidates target supporters for cash

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought in. Just under 8 percent of contributions to Baker’s campaign — about $270,000 — came from donors living outside Massachusetts, according to …

Prosecutors look to new DNA testing in twin cases

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors in Boston were forced to put a rape suspect on trial three times before jurors were willing to convict him a decade ago. It wasn’t due a lack of evidence, but because the suspect was an identical twin. Similar cases have popped up elsewhere, illustrating the challenges of prosecuting a twin. Because identical twins come from a single fertilized egg, …

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child …

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 …

Patrick backs Tolman in attorney general race

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick endorsed Warren Tolman in the race for Massachusetts attorney general Thursday, a move that came as a surprise in light of the governor’s previous policy of staying neutral in contested statewide Democratic primaries. Tolman, a former state senator, faces former assistant attorney …

Governor candidates work to sway voters week before primary

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — The three Democratic candidates for governor sparred on everything from casinos and health care to President Barack Obama’s legacy in a televised debate on Wednesday. During the hourlong face-off, sponsored by a consortium of media outlets, …

Great white shark may have attacked kayakers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Authorities say two women in kayaks taking photographs of seals were attacked by what appears to be a great white shark off Plymouth. They were not injured. WCVB-TV reports the women, both in their 20s, were about 150 yards off White Horse Beach in Plymouth …

Gulf of Maine’s rapid warming imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the …

Boston firefighters battle apartment fire

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — No major injuries have been reported after Boston firefighters battled an intense nine-alarm fire at a three-story brick apartment building in the city’s Allston neighborhood. The fire in a building on Harvard Terrace near Brighton Avenue was contained about two hours after it was reported …