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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton insists that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around. But revelations that she sidestepped the government email system as secretary of state suggest she may have a long way to go in making good on that promise. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hillary Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around. But revelations that she sidestepped the government email system as secretary of state suggest she may have a ways to go to make good on that pledge. To some Democrats, the controversy has raised concerns that Clinton’s all-but-certain campaign will be hampered by …

Ringling Bros. to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

Friday, March 6, 2015

Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, “a massive 12-foot African elephant,” to America in 1882 to star in the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds …

Iranian role in fighting ISIS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it empowers – not the U.S. – …

Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia

Friday, March 6, 2015

Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year-old teacher, from a treatment center yesterday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola-free. “I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going …

Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty

Friday, March 6, 2015

It took just one juror to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias yesterday – and the woman had to survive an attempt by her colleagues to boot her from the jury before she could do it. …

Report: Mars once had a sea larger than the Arctic ocean

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mars once had enough water to cover the entire planet, according to research published yesterday in the journal Science. But based on analysis of the planet’s surface, it’s more likely that the planet had most of its liquid water in one ocean that covered 20 percent of the …

Merrimack Valley School District $38.9 million budget passes; survives motion to cut

Thursday, March 5, 2015

For the second straight year, a group of familiar budget hawks tried to cut the Merrimack Valley School District budget at the annual meeting. For the second straight year, their efforts failed. Voters in a packed Merrimack Valley High School last night eventually approved the $38.9 million budget …

Jeff Bauman testifies at Boston Marathon bombing trial

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A man who became a symbol of the Boston Marathon bombing when he was wheeled away, ashen-faced, his legs severely injured, testified yesterday that he locked eyes with one of the bombers shortly before the explosives went off. …

‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial …

House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

Thursday, March 5, 2015

In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved yesterday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington, D.C., while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. The bill, approved by a …

U.S. clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old yesterday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called …

Justices sharply divided over health subsidies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Obama’s health overhaul yesterday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans. The outcome …

House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas yesterday for the emails of Hillary Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state – and also used a computer …