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Harvard Business School Professor and faculty chair of HBX Bharat Anand demonstrates HBX Live, an online classroom that allows real-time interaction between professors and students from around the world, at the WGBH television studios in Boston, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Harvard launches ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays … 0

Abuse, neglect of kids in state care on rise

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state’s Child Advocate. The release of the 2014 data comes amid renewed scrutiny of the state’s child welfare system and calls to increase … 0

Lower cost for Narcan? Can do: AG Healey strikes deal to offset price of OD antidote for Mass. towns

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The pharmaceutical company that makes the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, sometimes known as Narcan, will pay more than $300,000 into a new state trust fund to help make the medication more affordable to Bay State cities and towns, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. Healey said her office reached an … 0

Police: Man forced daughter out of car during chase

Thursday, August 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Massachusetts man is facing 18 charges after police say he forced his 10-year-old daughter out of the car while leading police on a chase, nearly striking her as he drove away. The Republican newspaper reports 28-year-old Gilberto Diaz pleaded not guilty to the charges this … 0

Martha’s Vineyard casino in judge’s hands

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOSTON — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan … 0

Hatfield man pleads guilty to crash that killed friend

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A western Massachusetts man who crashed his car, killing one of his best friends, has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide while drunk and manslaughter. Robert Crowther, of Hatfield, was also sentenced to five years of probation on … 0

Body of hiker 17, recovered from Franconia Falls in Lincoln

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LINCOLN, N.H. — Authorities say a 17-year-old Massachusetts hiker has died after falling into Franconia Falls in Lincoln. Emergency crews searched for Julia Hassan of Lowell for four hours before recovering her body Tuesday. Conservation Officer Jeremy Hawkes said Hassan was at the falls with friends who wanted … 0

Harvard prof’s White House bid to focus on ‘unrigging the political system’

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Harvard law professor wants to “hack” the political system by running for president. On Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig began a crowd-funded campaign for the Democratic nomination, filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Lessig said he plans to set himself apart from Democratic frontrunner … 0

In Mass., some unsure on Iran

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — With just over a month before the deadline for Congress to act on an international nuclear deal with Iran, more than half of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic delegation is still on the fence, according to a poll of … 0

New England ratepayers warm to mild summer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The mild summer so far has allowed New Englanders to often turn off their air conditioners, helping cut costs with reduced demand for electricity. An abundance of natural gas and more efficient power plants have helped reduce the wholesale price of energy, a respite from … 0

Massachusetts gas prices drop 6 cents per gallon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped 6 cents in the past week, and is now down 20 cents in the past month. AAA Northeast announced Tuesday that self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.52 per gallon. That price … 0

Rescuers help hiker with head wound

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LANCASTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says hikers and a conservation officer teamed up to help a hiker suffering from a head wound near Mt. Moriah. The department says 41-year-old Elizabeth Brown of Massachusetts suffered a cut after hitting a low-hanging tree limb on … 0

Mental state of Lunenburg ax attack suspect questioned

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WORCESTER — A defense attorney for a Lunenburg woman charged with attacking her live-in boyfriend with an ax says her client should be found not guilty because of her mental state at the time, which included hearing the voices of Jesus and Mary. Lawyer Sarah Hamilton said Monday … 0