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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, United Independent Party's Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk has a microphone attached at WBZ-TV studios in Boston, for the first televised debate amongst all five candidates. Along with the Green-Rainbow Party, the United Independent Party won official status during the November election by capturing at least three percent of the vote in a statewide race. With official status, the parties now can hold primaries and field candidates under their party banners. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Work just starting for 2 political parties

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status in the state had doubled. The Green-Rainbow … 0

Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at Logan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — A man stripped inside a women’s bathroom at Logan International Airport on Saturday, climbed into a dropped ceiling, crashed through it and landed on the floor, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly passerby while he was still naked and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was charged with attempted murder, … 0

Massachusetts education board to discuss student restraint

Sunday, November 23, 2014

MALDEN — The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a pair of meetings this week. At a special meeting scheduled for today, the board is expected to discuss new educator licensure policy and efforts to strengthen special education policy and practice. At the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, one item on the agenda is a discussion on proposed amendments to … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mass. gets $1.75M for asthma programs BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities. Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older … 0

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts … 0

Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to … 0

Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — In a rarely used strategy to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts regulators may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting limits on how much time and money they spend at slot machines. But the state’s recently licensed casino companies — Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International … 0

Speaker rules out local aid cuts in budget

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval … 0

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular … 0

Study looks at Mass. school punishment

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor … 0

Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her … 0