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FILE - This  Dec. 17, 2013 file photo shows anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, left, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone as she protests outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, saying that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinic entrances. Patrick praised lawmakers … 0

Lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is … 0

Compromise gun bill up for final vote

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill, which is expected to come up for a final vote Thursday, is a compromise between House and Senate versions of a sweeping … 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

State Senate approves abortion clinic safety bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill was recommended by the Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the full Senate approved it on a voice vote. The proposal would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access … 0

State Senate rejects charter school expansion

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and other urban communities. The House-passed measure was defeated by a 30-9 margin after senators also voted down, by a 26-13 margin, a proposal by Sen. Sonia … 0

State asked to shelter unaccompanied kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 8

Police seek suspect in Greenfield armed robbery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are seeking a man who entered the Planet Gas station Tuesday morning with a bandanna over his face and a pistol in his hand and left with money. No arrests had been made at press … 0

Prosecutors: 3 ‘cheated’ Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies who prosecutors say rigged the agency’s hiring process to favor applicants backed by powerful state lawmakers. O’Brien, … 0