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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor to serve as his deputy mayor for strategic initiatives.J. Phillip Thompson, who has worked as a political science professor at MIT since 2002, will succeed outgoing Deputy Mayor …
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building.WCVB-TV reports that the 115-square-foot bathroom and adjoining kitchenette was installed last year at the State Transportation …
BOSTON (AP) — Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to the nonprofit group behind the tests.More than 32 percent of Massachusetts students who graduated from public high schools last year scored a three or better on at least one test, …
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington.Having been one of the Republican …
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts is exploring the purchase of another building in which to establish a first-of-its-kind national center for illustration education and research.The Stockbridge museum announced Tuesday it is exploring the feasibility of …
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University has received a record 42,700 applications for its next freshman class.Officials at the Ivy League school announced Tuesday that the number of applications is 8 percent higher than the 39,500 received last year, when 5 percent of applicants were …
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Angela Davis is donating her papers to a library of women's history at Harvard University.The school announced Tuesday that it received 150 cartons of material from the 74-year-old social activist and 1960s radical. The papers include letters, personal writings and …
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court says a police search under a car's hood and air filter that produced a bag of guns was unconstitutional because officers were only given permission to search the interior of the vehicle.The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday in the case of Anthony …
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has named Lawrence Bacow its 29th president.Bacow served as president of Tufts University for a decade and is currently a leader-in-residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership.He will take over from Drew Faust, 70, …
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The former office manager at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell's recreation center has abruptly pleaded guilty to stealing about $217,000 from the facility.The Sun reports that 55-year-old Denise Daly changed her plea Thursday, even as a jury deliberated for the …
BOSTON (AP) — Gloria Stoll Karn nearly trashed her high school artwork back in the 1940s, figuring her art career was over before it even started. But thanks to a janitor with an artistic eye, she ended up smashing gender barriers instead.The pioneering artist, who had a brief but …
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom.The …
BOSTON (AP) — A man's portrait has hung for years outside the chambers of the chief justice on Massachusetts' highest court. The problem? No one knows who he is.It's a mystery that has stumped officials at the Supreme Judicial Court for more than a decade. Now they're turning to the public …
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Seven University of Massachusetts-Amherst students arrested during a violent post-Super Bowl disturbance on campus have pleaded not guilty.Six were arraigned Tuesday and one was arraigned Monday.The university says about 2,000 students gathered outdoors in a …
BOSTON (AP) — Support was growing in the U.S. Senate for a measure that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, but votes were still lacking in the House, according to a leading congressional critic of the new federal policy.Democratic Sen. Edward …
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday called the most recent reports involving a former legislative leader whose husband was accused of sexual abuse "troubling" and said if they're true he should not be allowed to return to the Senate's top post.Democratic Sen. Stan Rosenberg, who …
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on reports that the husband of a former Massachusetts Senate president had undue influence on his official actions (all times local):6:15 p.m.A lawyer for the husband of a former Massachusetts Senate president says the husband did not have undue influence over the …
BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Google executive is taking on a new role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The university announced Monday that Eric Schmidt will become an innovation fellow starting in the spring.It's a yearlong fellowship that will involve working with scholars and …
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' top court will examine a case sparked by the misconduct of a former chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years.Prosecutors already have agreed to dismiss about 8,000 convictions tainted by Sonja Farak, who …
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts casino regulators said Monday they would hold a special meeting to discuss sexual misconduct allegations against Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn, whose company is building a $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston.The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that a …

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