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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley faces reporters while accompanied by Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, left, after she spoke to members of The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Coakley is running against Republican candidate Charlie Baker in the Nov. 4th general election. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Governor hopefuls meet with clergy

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates in the closely contested race for governor stopped at an inner-city church Monday to share their policies on issues critical to Boston and other urban centers in Massachusetts with large and potentially decisive voting blocs. Democrat Martha Coakley, Republican Charlie Baker and independent Evan Falchuk met separately in private with members of the Black Ministerial Alliance, an …

Boston funeral director held on $50,000 bail

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston funeral director charged with improperly storing bodies and stealing thousands of dollars in funeral pre-payments has been ordered held on $50,000 bail. Joseph O’Donnell pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday. He’s charged with stealing nearly $150,000 from clients and keeping the remains of 12 people at a storage facility where they were found in …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a …

Patrick: AG’s job not for me

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday that he’s “not going to be the next attorney general” and isn’t interested in replacing Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, …

Ebola patient released

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — After three weeks in isolation, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa says he’s grateful for the specialized care that allowed him to recover and remains concerned about the people he …

Nurses sue over vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The nurses’ union at one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals has sued to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots. The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s lawsuit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public …

Hernandez prosecutors allow exclusion of evidence

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors have decided not to oppose a move by lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence against him in a 2013 murder case. In court filings Wednesday, prosecutors said that they won’t fight the request to keep out .45-caliber bullets …

Candidates air human service views

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates for Massachusetts governor are each trying to position themselves as the best human services leader for the state, promising to better support those programs and the workers who help care for the neediest residents. The …

Marathon bombing trial delayed

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — A judge granted a two-month trial delay on Wednesday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial from Boston. Judge George O’Toole ruled that the trial will begin …

Lion statue thought to contain time capsule

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — A time capsule apparently has been found in an unusual place: the head of a lion statue at the building that once served as the seat of Massachusetts government. The Bostonian Society, which operates a museum …

Harvard endowment at $36.4B

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University’s largest-in-the-nation endowment grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June on a 15.4 percent return, the university agency that’s oversees the endowment announced. The endowment is now approaching its record high of $36.9 billion reached in 2008, before the worldwide …

Pro-casino group airs newest ad

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — The first television advertisement in the campaign to preserve the state’s developing casino industry was unveiled Tuesday by MGM Resorts and its supporters in Springfield, the economically struggling western Massachusetts city where it is planning an $800 million resort. The 30-second spot features comments from Jeffrey …

Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that …