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Audience members launch paper airplanes during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The Ig Nobel prize is an award handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for silly sounding scientific discoveries that often have surprisingly practical applications. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds can …

Warren, Markey oppose request

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train and arm the rebels for a war against Islamic state militants. The Senate approved …

Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of “temporary employment disruptions” in the retail sector. The state’s unemployment rate in August was 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in July. Massachusetts lost 5,300 …

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 …

Democratic AG contest looks tight in closing days

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Two Democrats seeking to be the state’s next attorney general are touting leadership and experience as they scramble for votes in the waning days of a spirited primary campaign that appears headed for a close result. Maura Healey, a former assistant attorney general, and former state …

Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat …