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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker, right, listen to a technician moments before a televised debate at WGBH television studios, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Boston. Baker and Coakley are locked in a dead heat and each are hoping to lure in more supporters while avoiding any gaffe that could cost them the election. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax during a debate Tuesday night with Baker. … 0

4 New England states in top 10 for energy efficiency efforts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. 3 spot and Connecticut ranked No. 6. In the region, only New Hampshire and Maine … 0

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Hampshire general helps Ebola effort in Africa CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire National Guard general working with the U.S. military to fight against Ebola in Africa says he feels safe and believes U.S. troops will be … 0

Mass. nonprofit fights Ebola in Liberia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MEDFORD — A Massachusetts-based nonprofit health organization is sending a team of experts to work with Liberian health officials fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization’s president said Thursday. A team from Management Sciences for Health in Medford arrived in Liberia this week to work with … 0

Kerry: Address climate change before it’s too late

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the country and the world need to confront the threat of climate change while there’s still time. Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real … 0

Ex-principal pleads guilty to cheating scheme

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The former principal of a Massachusetts charter school has pleaded guilty to charges related to her efforts to help students cheat on a statewide standardized test. Janet Henry entered her plea to a charge of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. … 0

Governor: Massachusetts prepared if Ebola surfaces

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to reassure residents about the threat of Ebola and says the state is taking steps to prepare for the unlikely discovery of an Ebola-infected patient here. Patrick said on his monthly radio show Thursday on WGBH-FM that there have been no … 0

Baker, Coakley square off at chamber forum

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — With the campaign taking on an increasingly sharper tone, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley squared off Wednesday morning before an audience of business leaders over a range of issues, including super … 0

Mass. Maritime Academy says website hacked by Islamic group

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOURNE — Officials at Massachusetts Maritime Academy say the college’s website was hacked by what appears to be an Islamic extremist group. The Bourne school’s president, Rear Adm. Richard Gurnon, said a group calling itself the Moroccan Islamic Union took over the website Monday and redirected visitors to … 0

New England schools face rash of bomb threats

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — School and law enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year. Nearly a … 0

Candidates for governor joust in debate

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — The candidates running for Massachusetts governor toughened their rhetoric Tuesday during their first Boston televised debate with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley battling over health care issues and how best to overhaul the state’s … 0

US investigators expand app that helps catch child predators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the … 0