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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus, center, speaks with people in the audience after addressing the crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its … 0

Lawmakers wrap up last day of 2-year session

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to complete work on several proposed new laws with Thursday marking the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013. One of the most closely watched bills would overhaul the state’s gun laws. The bill would give police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification … 0

Senate panel says many state boards should be eliminated

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts has dozens of state boards, commissions and task forces that no longer meet, don’t file reports or simply have become irrelevant, a Senate committee concluded. The Post Audit and Oversight Committee said it reviewed nearly 400 state entities and offered a series of recommendations to fix the problems. Many of the boards and commissions that had been created over the … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal … 0

National parks in state generated $470 million

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to national parks in Massachusetts spent nearly $470 million in 2013. The report from the National Park Service shows that nearly 9.7 million people visited national parks in the state last year, supporting nearly 6,000 jobs. Most visitor spending … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton … 0

Patrick: Westover or Edwards possible for temporary shelter

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday proposed two possible locations in Massachusetts to temporarily shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border, one in Hampden County. Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee will be reviewed by officials from the … 1

Unlicensed mortician had 12 bodies in storage

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units … 0

Mass. Senate OKs sweeping gun bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. The Senate bill had initially … 0

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the city will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation is completed … 1

Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HYANNIS PORT — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. … 0

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to … 0

Jury weighs probation job-rigging

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury started deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies, a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. O’Brien and the deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, are accused of a … 0