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Sen. Warren Says She’s Open To Ballot Questions Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

September 03, 2015

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the country has learned more about legalizing marijuana since her 2012 campaign, when she opposed full legalization.

Mother Of Auburn Girl Who Died In Foster Care Dies Of Suspected Drug Overdose

September 03, 2015

Jessica Conway, 27, is the mother of Avalena Conway-Coxon, who died in foster care in Auburn last month. Authorities say they believe Conway’s death may be drug-related based on evidence and information from family members.

Owens Tagged In Boston’s 13-8 Loss To New York

September 03, 2015

The Red Sox fell 13-8 in a slugfest to the dreaded Yankees.

Millis Police Cruiser Crashes, Catches Fire After Being Hit By Gunfire

September 02, 2015

No injuries were immediately reported and police are searching for a suspect. Schools are being closed Thursday after threatening phone calls were made to a middle school. However, the incidents are not believed to be related.

Iran Nuclear Deal Now Has Enough Votes To Survive A Challenge

September 02, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on the nuclear agreement with Iran at the National Constitution Center on September 2, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th vote in favor of the agreement. She calls it “the best option available.”

Mass. Man Mehanna Appeals Terror Conviction

September 02, 2015

A lawyer for Sudbury’s Tarek Mehanna said his sentence should be vacated because prosecutors withheld information about a key government witness during his 2011 trial.

Warren: Vice Presidential Bid ‘Something I’m Not Talking About’

September 02, 2015
Elizabeth Warren told the AP she's happy with her job as senator. Here she is at WBUR in March. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“I have a job,” the senator said, “and my job is to go down to Washington and fight for the people of Massachusetts.”

Red Sox Lose 3-1 To Yanks Despite 13 Strikeouts By Porcello

September 02, 2015
Sox starter Rick Porcello delivers a pitch against the Yankees in the first inning Tuesday at Fenway Park, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Rick Porcello wasn’t celebrating after striking out 13 in his strongest start of the season.

USOC Endorses Los Angeles For 2024 Olympics Bid

September 01, 2015
Runners compete in the 5,000 meter event at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. The USOC is expected to announce shortly that LA is the replacement candidate for 2024, after the collapse of Boston's bid. (AP)

Replacing Boston’s soured bid, LA will try to become a three-time Olympic host.

FBI Names Counterintelligence Expert To Head Boston Division

September 01, 2015

Harold Shaw, who has worked for the FBI since 1999, most recently worked as the special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI’s New York division.

Report Documents Abuse, Neglect Of Children In State Care

September 01, 2015

The annual report from the state’s child advocate shows 184 children who were in the custody of DCF were the victims of supported allegations of mistreatment in 2014.

Study: Marijuana More A Habit For College Students Than Cigarettes

September 01, 2015
The study's lead investigator says the findings suggest that teenagers and young adults have absorbed public health warnings about the dangers of cigarettes but increasingly regard marijuana as benign or carrying few risks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found.

Sheriff: Virginia Suspect Dead From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

August 26, 2015
Authorities say Vester Lee Flanagan, who also used the name Bryce Williams, shot his former colleagues during a live broadcast. (Facebook)

Authorities say Vester Lee Flanagan II of Roanoke fatally shot two of his former colleagues during a live broadcast.

Virginia TV Reporter, Cameraman Killed On Air

August 26, 2015
Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while broadcasting live in Moneta, Virginia. WDBJ7 paid tribute to the two journalists by sharing this image on Twitter. (WDBJ7 via Twitter)

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Greek Leader Tsipras Calls Elections After Party Rebellion

August 20, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015. The German chancellor urged Greece to accept an 'extraordinarily generous' offer from its EU-IMF creditors, which includes at least 12 billion euros ($13.4 billion) in further rescue cash over the next five months. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is stepping down and calling early elections after suffering a rebellion within his party.

Jimmy Carter To Undergo Radiation For Cancer On Brain

August 20, 2015
Former President Jimmy Carter attends 'Countdown To Zero: Defeating Disease' preview press conference at American Museum of Natural History on January 12, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

The former president talked openly about his cancer and how he would cut back on his work with the Carter Center.

Containment Of Raging California Wildfire Jumps

August 03, 2015
Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif. on July 31, 2015. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Though 12,000 people have been forced from their homes or advised to leave, firefighters say they have made progress controlling a wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Northern California.

Boston Out As U.S. Candidate For 2024 Olympics

July 27, 2015

A person familiar with the decision says the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston.

Boston’s Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

July 27, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties on Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

Thousands Ruled Ineligible For Mass. Medicaid

July 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the state’s Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration obtained by The Associated Press.

Community Mourns, Officials Look For Answers In Tennessee Attack

July 17, 2015
Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (John Bazemore/AP)

Federal authorities are looking into the possibility that the shootings, which killed four Marines, were an act of terrorism.

Official: 4 Marines Killed, Along With Gunman

July 16, 2015
Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (John Bazemore/AP)

A U.S. official says a lone gunman is dead, after unleashing a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Earns A Leading 24 Emmy Award Nominations

July 16, 2015
Emilia Clarke, from "Game of Thrones," was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. (HBO via AP)

The TV academy gave best actress nods to Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder,” which sets up a possibility of a history-making win since an African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.

Boston’s MFA Cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ After Protests

July 08, 2015
Claude Monet's "La Japonaise" featuring his wife Camille Monet in a Japanese kimono. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

After protesters decried the event as racist, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will now stop encouraging visitors to don traditional Japanese garments and pose in front of Monet’s “La Japonaise.”

Gunther Schuller — Composer, Educator, Musician — Dies At 89

June 22, 2015
Gunther Schuller, who wrote and directed the opera "Visitation," is shown at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, June 28, 1967. (AP)

Gunther Schuller — a leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing classical music and jazz died Sunday morning. He is a former head of the New England Conservatory and a Pulitzer-Prize winning composer.

MassHealth Squandered More Than $500 Million, Audit Finds

June 16, 2015

The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million between 2009 and 2014 through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday.

‘Fun Home,’ ‘Curious Incident’ Big Winners At Tony Awards

June 08, 2015
Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show “Fun Home” was named best musical at the Tony Awards.

Feds Seek Massachusetts Health Exchange Records

May 07, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration confirmed Thursday in a statement that it received a subpoena regarding the health connector’s difficulties dating to 2010 and says it’s fully cooperating with the Justice Department.

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA To Host Physics Lecture At MIT

April 22, 2015
Gary Grice, aka GZA, of Wu-Tang Clan performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (John Shearer/AP)

Gary Grice, who goes by the stage name “GZA,” will speak with students at the Cambridge university about his latest album and how art and outer space collide.

After 20 Hours, Mobility-Impaired Man Finishes Boston Marathon At 5 AM

April 21, 2015
Maickel Melamed, of Venezuela, speaks during a ceremony to honor him as the last participant to finish this year's Boston Marathon. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Maickel Melamed, 39, of Venezuela, was honored by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Massachusetts Court Upholds $63M Judgment In Motrin Lawsuit

April 17, 2015

The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a $63 million judgment against the manufacturer of Children’s Motrin awarded to a family whose daughter developed a life-threatening disease after taking the over-the-counter medicine.

Clark Art Institute Collects On Its Super Bowl Bet With Seattle Museum

April 17, 2015
“Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” (1970) by Albert Bierstadt.

Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 painting, “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” is being unveiled Friday at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. The bet won Clark a three-month loan of the piece from the Seattle Art Museum.

Mass. VA Clinic, Hospital Wait Times Vary Widely

April 09, 2015

During a six-month period that ended in February, nearly 9,000 medical appointments at VA facilities in Massachusetts failed to meet the department’s goal of completing medical appointments within 30 days.

Bill Would Toughen Oversight Of Planned Hospital Mergers

April 07, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey is pushing legislation designed to give her office stronger oversight of hospital mergers.

State Doctors’ Group To Meet On Addiction Crisis

April 05, 2015

The Massachusetts Medical Society, representing more than 24,000 physicians, will devote its annual Public Health Leadership forum to the opioid epidemic.

217 Suspected Massachusetts Heroin Overdose Deaths This Year

April 01, 2015

The figure that doesn’t even include the state’s three largest cities — Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

Mark Wahlberg To Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

April 01, 2015
A woman pauses near the barricades blocking off Boylston Street in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (Matt Rourke/AP)

CBS Films says “Patriot’s Day” will be based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ firsthand account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Hasty Pudding Winner Chris Pratt Roasted At Harvard

February 07, 2015
Hasty Pudding Theatricals member fit Chris Pratt with a bra adorned with stuffed animals during a roast at Harvard University. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Chris Pratt was teased about his early acting roles while being roasted Friday night at Harvard University, where he received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award by America’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Second Harper Lee Novel To Be Published In July

February 03, 2015
Harper Lee

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14.

Partial List Of Winners For The Golden Globe Awards

January 12, 2015
Amy Adams poses in the press room with the award for best actress in a motion picture. (Jordan Strauss/AP)

A partial list of winners of the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Thousands Of Drug Convictions At Stake In Massachusetts High Court Case

January 08, 2015

The case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involves Annie Dookhan, a drug lab chemist who was sentenced in 2013 to at least three years in prison after admitting she faked test results.

Mass. Fires Chemist Over Academic Credentials

November 26, 2013

State officials say Kate Corbett, who worked in the same lab as Annie Dookhan, claimed she had a chemistry degree from Merrimack College, though investigators determined that her degree is in sociology.

Judge: 5 Years Max For Dookhan If She Pleads

October 23, 2013

A judge says she won’t impose a sentence of more than three to five years in prison if former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in the drug lab crisis.

Prosecutors: Dookhan Should Get 5-7 Years In Prison

October 17, 2013
Ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan at her arraignment Wednesday. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Annie Dookhan’s lawyer, meanwhile, will recommend a one-year prison sentence.

Released Mass. Inmate: ‘I Love’ Accused Chemist

September 18, 2013

Quincy’s Jamell Spurill expressed his gratitude after he was rearrested for having a stolen handgun.

Man Gets Lesser Sentence Due To Drug Lab Scandal

August 27, 2013

A convicted drug dealer in New Hampshire, who would have faced nearly 20 years in prison as a career offender, was sentenced to only three years.

Review: Thousands More Cases Linked To Drug Lab Crisis

August 20, 2013

More than 40,000 defendants may have been affected by Annie Dookhan’s mishandling of drug samples, a reviewer found.

Ex-Chemist Dookhan Wants Statements To Police Tossed

August 19, 2013

In the statements, Annie Dookhan allegedly admitted wrongdoing. Her attorney filed a motion claiming she never got a Miranda warning.

Dookhan Gets Trial Date: Jan. 6, 2014

August 16, 2013

The former state chemist sent ripples through Massachusetts’ criminal justice system after allegedly tampering with evidence in drug cases.

Chemist Wants More Obstruction Charges Thrown Out

May 31, 2013

Annie Dookhan is challenging charges connected to claims she made in court that she had a master’s degree.

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