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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, from left, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Mayor Thomas Menino, and four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers walk past the finish line before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Tom Menino, elected five times as Boston’s mayor, dies at 71

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhood “townies” and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America’s most historic cities, died yesterday in Boston. He was 71. Hugely popular in his home town, where he easily won five straight nonpartisan mayoral elections before retiring from city hall, Menino, who was a liberal Democrat, surprised Boston in March with his disclosure that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer just weeks after completing his final term. Doctors said they were unsure where in his body the disease …

Iraqi peshmerga force enters Kobani

Friday, October 31, 2014

A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group. The deployment, accompanied by 50 members of the Free Syrian …

Jerusalem: Israel closes holy site after shooting

Friday, October 31, 2014

Israel closed all access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. The Palestinians accused Israel of a “declaration of war,” deepening a crisis …

Maine: Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine

Friday, October 31, 2014

Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state’s voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. …

U.S. Senate, gubernatorial races breed big ad spending

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wondering how much your vote is worth? If you live in New Hampshire, have access to a television and are eligible to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election, the magic number – at least in the U.S. Senate race – is about $12. That’s according to an analysis …

AFP, NEA targeted in campaign finance complaint

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The New Hampshire-based Coalition for Open Democracy has filed a complaint against two out-of-state organizations, accusing them of violating the state’s campaign finance law. In a complaint dated Oct. 23, the coalition said Americans for Prosperity and the …

Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that’s improving but still isn’t fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it’s also …

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, the Massachusetts State Police said yesterday, hours …

Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and …

Syrian rebels join defense of Kobani against jihadists

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A small group of Free Syrian Army fighters moved across the Turkish border yesterday into the embattled Syrian town of Kobane to reinforce a Kurdish militia struggling against an Islamic State offensive, ahead of an expected convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces. The two-track movement of weapons and …

Ebola nurse plans to end voluntary quarantine in Maine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said yesterday that she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with the state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally …

Health overhaul’s subsidies go to Supreme Court

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to …

Bangladesh Islamist leader gets death sentence for 1970s massacre, rapes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bangladesh sentenced the top leader of the country’s biggest Islamic party to death for war crimes, the ninth person to face execution for atrocities during the country’s independence struggle in 1971. A tribunal found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of crimes against humanity, including involvement in mass killings …