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FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after a private meeting with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, in Providence, R.I. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has apologized for using the word “rant” to describe U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's remarks Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Baker apologizes for calling Pressley's MLK speech a 'rant'

Jan. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker apologized Monday after he used the word “rant” to describe remarks from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Pressley, a Boston Democrat, had delivered a speech about inequality and the unfinished fight for civil...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Michelle Carter, center, arrives for a parole hearing in Natick, Mass. The state's highest court upheld Carter's 2017 involuntary manslaughter conviction in the suicide death of her despondent boyfriend, to whom she had sent insistent text messages urging him to take his own life. The state Parole Board also denied her request for early release. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case

Jan. 13, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself. Michelle Carter is serving a 15-month sentence after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, Conrad...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick talks to patrons at The Works Cafe in Concord, N.H. Patrick is running an unorthodox campaign with just over a month until the Democratic presidential primaries start. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)

Deval Patrick hopes 'magic' can make up for late 2020 start

Dec. 31, 2019 1:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Over a year ago, Woody Kaplan, a major Democratic donor and longtime Deval Patrick supporter, helped the former governor plan his potential presidential bid. “The game plan was really simple: Put him in one living room in each of the 99 counties in Iowa, and those people would...

A pedestrian walks through deep snow after an overnight snowfall, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Marlborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

The Latest: Bus, tractor-trailer collide in upstate New York

Dec. 2, 2019 9:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a wintry storm in the U.S. East (all times local): 9:10 p.m. A bus carrying about 30 people collided with a tractor-trailer on an upstate New York highway during a snowstorm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there were some injuries in Monday night’s crash but that they...

The Latest: Vaping industry slams ban on flavored products

Nov. 27, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Massachusetts becoming the first state to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes (all times local): 5:15p.m. The vaping industry is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products as the wrong approach...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, a man smokes a cigarette on Main Street in Westminster, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a law on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola), File

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors

Nov. 27, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...

Massachusetts governor signs law banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes

Nov. 27, 2019 10:11 AM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts governor signs law banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

New Hampshire’s presidential primary is set for Feb. 11

Nov. 25, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s presidential primary is set for Feb. 11, eight days after Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. Secretary of State Bill Gardner made the date official Monday during a statehouse news conference. On the Democratic side, the campaigns of two candidates in nearby...