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President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. But Tsarnaev’s lawyers began their defense by …

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned …

Court: Police chief had right to deny gun license

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The chief of police in Worcester was within his rights to deny a gun license to a man charged with domestic violence, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. In a unanimous ruling, the seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also found that the state’s “suitable person” standard …

Boston-area transit board approves snow compensation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The board overseeing the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system voted Wednesday to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders as a goodwill gesture to commuters who endured massive breakdowns during …

Jury in bombing trial sees writing in boat

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday saw photographs of a blood-stained, hand-scrawled note speckled with bullet holes inside the boat he was captured in days after the deadly 2013 attack. …

Galvin: Baker budget plan wouldn’t pay for primary

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts would not be able to hold a presidential primary next year under the state budget proposal submitted to the Legislature by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, the state’s top elections official warned lawmakers on Tuesday. Secretary …

Rosenberg: Taxpayers won’t fund Olympic bid

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A top state lawmaker said Tuesday he expects the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker to take a firm stand against any taxpayer funding for Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. “We do not want to put ourselves in a position of having to …

Conn. lawmakers, tribes back bill for new casinos

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A coalition of Connecticut legislators, the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes and union leaders joined forces Tuesday to announce they’re backing a bill that would allow up to three new, smaller casinos to help combat gambling competition from neighboring states. Sen. Catherine Osten, a …

After the big snow, the big melt

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — New England is going from the Big Snow to the Big Melt. After winter storms dumped nearly 9 feet of snow over the course of a month, many parts of the region will see milder weather …

Double amputee testifies at bombing trial

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — A woman testifying from a wheelchair Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial recalled shielding her husband from the sight of his mangled leg, being pushed to the ground by a bystander frantically trying to extinguish …

Boston 2024 lists salaries of top staffers

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — The group spearheading Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday disclosed the salaries of its top executives and consultants, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, who will earn $7,500 per day when he travels on its …

Teen killer in Pam Smart case up for parole in NH

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — When 16-year-old Billy Flynn gunned down the husband of his high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, in 1990, the trial became an instant tabloid sensation. Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before …