State / Region

Debt piling up for anti-casino group in Mass.

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — The group attempting to repeal the state’s casino law owes consultants, lawyers and supporters about $440,000 and has less than $11,000 in cash. Repeal the Casino Deal is attempting to strike the law that has so far allowed for a slots parlor license at Plainridge Racecourse, an MGM casino license in Springfield and a Wynn casino in Springfield, with a third casino license yet to be awarded in … 0

Afghan soldiers found

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 the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, … 0

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an overseas trade mission, cited a “cumulative loss of confidence” in the board, which tracks and … 0

Baker, Coakley tap into donors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Logan to upgrade terminal to handle large plane BOSTON — Logan International Airport in Boston is changing its international terminal to better accommodate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet. Massport recently approved a $30 million upgrade of Terminal E. Officials say the project includes a reconfiguration … 0

88 percent pass MCAS, but achievement gaps remain

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Nearly nine in 10 high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, state education officials said Friday, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state’s largest cities were in danger of failing. Passing the 10th-grade MCAS, short for … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maine-built clipper that sank in 1863 found PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine-built clipper ship that sank in 1863 while transporting cargo from Boston to the West Coast has been discovered on the ocean floor off California. Researchers found the Noonday with the help of a remote-controlled submarine equipped … 0

Sens. Warren, Markey vote against training Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train … 0

Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a … 0

Wynn’s wins Boston casino license

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which … 0

Bombing suspect’s lawyers: Didn’t pose as FBI

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) are denying as “false” and “preposterous” an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia. Prosecutors said the allegation came from the Russian government, which expelled the investigators. It … 0

Study: Many Massachusetts vokes have waiting lists

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — A study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission at a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. The Northeastern University School of Law study found that at least … 0

Court: Tesla Motors can sell directly to buyers

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from … 0