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Actress Natalie Portman addresses an audience during Harvard College's Class Day, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Portman, a 2003 Harvard graduate, was the 2015 Class Day speaker for Harvard College. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Portman tells new Harvard graduates to take chances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class Day, cited her work in “Black Swan” as an example of a time she didn’t know her own limitations — and it …

Prosecutors seek seven-year prison sentence for Boston Marathon bomber’s friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have prevented a university police officer’s shooting death by helping authorities find Tsarnaev instead of helping him, the officer’s family said in a court filing Wednesday. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier was killed in an encounter with Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Cambridge hours after authorities …

Man admits guilt in fatal jewelry heist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOBURN (AP) — A man who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at a Woburn department store that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, 23, of Wakefield, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court after …

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after teaching at Harvard

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order. It’s a …

Gov. Baker names five members to state transportation board

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named five members to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of directors. The move comes just weeks after the prior board agreed to step down, clearing the way for Baker to assume control of the transit system. The new board, which …

Hummer owned by Aaron Hernandez found for sale at used car lot in Wrentham

Saturday, May 9, 2015

WRENTHAM (AP) — A Hummer owned by former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been found for sale at a used car lot. Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s mother is suing him, and her lawyers have …

Chicopee school renamed for 1976 graduate Kevin Dupont who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A Chicopee school is being renamed in honor of a city native who died as a result of injuries suffered in the war in Afghanistan. The school committee on Thursday voted to rename the former Chicopee High School after 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, a 1976 …

Bill Cosby accuser Therese Serignese of Florida says she wants her ‘good name’ restored

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WORCESTER — A Florida woman suing Bill Cosby for defamation said she wants her reputation restored after she was branded a liar by his representatives when she came forward with decades-old sexual assault allegations. Therese Serignese, of Boca …

Famed nun may testify for Marathon bomber

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BOSTON — As lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make their final push to persuade a jury to spare Tsarnaev’s life, they may call to the stand a Roman Catholic nun and death penalty opponent made famous in the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking.” Tsarnaev’s lawyers told …

Kennedy seeks stronger transgender protections

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is pressing state lawmakers to approve legislation strengthening legal protections for transgender people. Kennedy, a Democrat, said Massachusetts lags behind 17 other states and Washington, D.C., which have updated public accommodations laws …

Tufts response frustrates hunger strikers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEDFORD — Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university’s lack of response to their demands. The Tufts Labor Coalition, a student …

Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — A former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified Wednesday from Kazakhstan about the role of a conservative Muslim convert who steered Tsarnaev’s older brother toward a stricter version of Islam. Elmirza Khozhugov, the former …

Woman charged with delivering crack from truck

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck. Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was …