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21 minutes ago
Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.

21 minutes ago
Funeral to be held for state Sen. Thomas Kennedy

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - A funeral service is planned for a Brockton lawmaker who won praise as a tireless advocate for seniors and disabled residents.

Jul 5
Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees, dies at 80

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80.

Jul 5
Astros lose 2nd straight, 5-4 to Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) - Hanley Ramirez's one-handed, two-run homer put an end to a rough two-day stretch for the Houston Astros.

Jul 5
Massachusetts AG awards $300k for summer youth jobs

BOSTON (AP) - More than $300,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 46 organizations for an estimated 200 summer youth jobs across Massachusetts.

Jul 5
Ramirez's 2-run HR lifts Red Sox over Astros 5-4

BOSTON (AP) - Hanley Ramirez handed the Boston Red Sox another well-timed win.

Jul 4
Massachusetts officials say animal cruelty a major problem

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The link between animal abuse and other violent crimes is well-documented, and law enforcement agencies and courts are recognizing that people who commit serious acts of animal abuse frequently have past criminal histories or are more apt to commit violent crimes against humans.

Jul 4
Gardner fire chief hospitalized from injuries at fire scene

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Gardner's fire chief remains hospitalized in Worcester from injuries sustained fighting a house fire.

Jul 4
Cape Cod officials issue Great White Shark safety tips

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) - Cape Cod officials are reminding visitors how to stay safe as great white sharks begin their annual return to the tourist destination.

Jul 4
Red Sox recall RHP Wright; option RHP Ramirez

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox have bolstered their bullpen by recalling right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

Jul 4
Driver killed in head-on crash with police car in Chicopee

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) - Chicopee police say a 37-year-old man has died after a head-on collision between his SUV and a police cruiser.

Jul 4
Things to know Massachusetts' state budget delay

BOSTON (AP) - Meet the state's new fiscal year. Same as the old fiscal year.

Jul 4
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe holds annual powwow

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is holding its 94th annual Powwow this weekend.

Jul 4
Editorials from around New England

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

Jul 4
State extending summer hours at 16 pools, parks

BOSTON (AP) - The state is extending summer hours at some swimming pools and athletic facilities around the state.

Jul 4
Boston Pops concert and fireworks expected to draw thousands

BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of revelers will descend on Boston for the annual Boston Pops Orchestra concert and fireworks display.