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Ballot question TV ad spending nearing $5.8M

BOSTON (AP) - Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away.

Oct 22
Gardner Museum exhibit features Italian masters

BOSTON (AP) - The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's new exhibit features works by Michelangelo, Donatello and other Italian Renaissance masters.

Oct 22
Winning numbers drawn in 'MassCash' game

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Massachusetts Lottery's "MassCash" game were:

Oct 22
Celtics win preseason finale; 100-86 over Nets

BOSTON (AP) - Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn't about to completely praise rookie Marcus Smart's performance.

Oct 22
Nets-Celtics, Box

Anderson 1-9 2-2 4, Jefferson 4-12 3-4 11, Plumlee 5-11 5-8 15, Teague 4-6 2-3 10, Karasev 2-11 1-1 6, Reed 2-3 0-0 4, Teletovic 5-10 2-2 15, Bogdanovic 2-7 3-4 9, Gutierrez 4-6 4-4 12, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-75 22-28 86.

Oct 22
Power outages, gusty winds in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) - Torrential downpours overnight left deep puddles of standing water on many Massachusetts roads, which were expected to affect the morning commute.

Oct 22
Concussion study says NCAA needs improvement

BOSTON (AP) - Colleges remain inconsistent in the way they handle athletes' concussions, according to a Harvard University study that comes more than four years after the NCAA began requiring schools to educate their players about the risks of head trauma and develop plans to keep injured athletes off the field.

Oct 22
The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.

Oct 22
Student back in US after being stuck in Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexico-born Harvard University student has returned to the United States after being stuck for months in his native country when he crossed the border without permission.

Oct 22
Harvard student stuck in Mexico back in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexico-born Harvard University student who was stuck for months in his native country after crossing the border without permission is back in the United States.

Oct 22
Preseason all-ACC women's hoops teams

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The preseason all-ACC women's basketball teams as determined by both the league's coaches and by a panel of school representatives and media members, as released Wednesday:

Oct 22
Massachusetts candidate presses foe on investment

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley said Wednesday that Republican rival Charlie Baker should take steps before the Nov. 4 election to disclose details of an investment made by the state of New Jersey in a venture capital firm with ties to Baker.

Oct 22
Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste

WASHINGTON (AP) - A maverick Republican senator criticized faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs among the projects completed on the taxpayers' tab in his annual collection of billions of dollars of government waste, released Wednesday.

Oct 22
Biogen slides as MS drug is linked to inflammation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Shares of Biogen Idec slumped 8 percent Wednesday despite a strong quarter after the pharmaceutical said a patient who took its newest multiple sclerosis drug suffered a brain inflammation and later died.

Oct 22
2 Massachusetts schools placed on probation

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) - The state education board has placed two schools, including the first virtual school in Massachusetts, on probation for low achievement and other problems.

Oct 22
Coakley says no immediate plans to seek grad tax

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley says she has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts.

Oct 22
Chelsea slayings; 1 suspect arraigned, 2nd sought

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of the suspect in the second of two fatal shootings in Chelsea over the weekend.

Oct 22
ACC women's preseason order of finish

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The preseason ACC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by both the league's coaches and by a panel of school representatives and media members, as released Wednesday:

Oct 22
Irish the favorite to win ACC women's hoops title

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference looks a lot different in women's basketball these days - especially at the top.

Oct 22
2 plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago.

Oct 22
Family of slain teacher marks 1 year since death

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) - The family of a slain Massachusetts school teacher has issued a statement one year after her death saying "each day is more difficult than the last."