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Kennedy falls short in Senate bid; tight race to succeed him

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III became the first in his storied political family to lose a run for Congress in Massachusetts, falling short in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in a ha...

Massachusetts voters to decide Markey, Kennedy primary fight

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters are set to decide one of the higher profile battles on this year's primary ballot — the contest pitting incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey against U.S. Rep...

Kennedy's legacy hovering over Senate race in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Perhaps inevitably, the long political shadow of the Kennedy family is hovering over an increasingly acrimonious contest between U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy lll, wh...

Heal the country? Disease specialists running for Congress

BOSTON (AP) — A background in science — specifically, infectious disease and epidemiology — may not spring to mind as a key selling point for candidates hoping to land a seat in Congress. ...

Ethics Committee clears Rep. Trahan in campaign finance case

BOSTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has cleared U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan following an investigation into allegations that the Massachusetts Democrat accepted excessive campaign contributions and rep...

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were bo...

Where's Markey? Senator misses dozens of votes in pandemic

BOSTON (AP) — When the U.S. Senate gathered to debate a major, bipartisan bill aimed at spending nearly $3 billion on conservation projects last week, just two senators failed to cast votes. ...

Effort to give officers bonuses for training stirs anger

As activists across the country call for cuts to police budgets amid demands for racial justice after George Floyd's killing, Massachusetts' Republican governor is pushing a plan to give bonuses up to...

Columbus as supremacist? Some with Italian roots reject him

BOSTON (AP) — Generations of Italian Americans embraced Christopher Columbus with little thought to the dark side of his legacy. But as the nation grapples with racial injustice, that ship may have sa...

Transit systems face plunging ridership amid virus fears

BOSTON (AP) — Before the pandemic, Boston commuters bonded over a slew of ills that plagued the nation’s oldest subway system, from delays and breakdowns to the occasional derailment. ...

Patriots use team plane to help Mass., fly N95 in from China

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the coronavirus pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. ...

Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars

The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S., including testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China, The...

Cluster of coronavirus cases is tied to US biotech meeting

BOSTON (AP) — A biotech meeting at a hotel in downtown Boston appears to be the source of a cluster of the coronavirus in the U.S. — and a warning for employers who are still holding big gatherings as...

Lawsuit seeks to ease adoption of Equal Rights Amendment

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have filed a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts aimed at clearing a legal path for adoption of the long-delayed constitutional amendment. ...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the F...