BOSTON (AP) - The new head of the agency overseeing Massachusetts welfare benefits is promising changes for the system aimed at cutting fraud and waste in the system. The Boston Globe reports Stacey Monahan has told a state legislative panel the initiatives include more thorough checks of benefit recipient lists.
BOSTON (AP) - The special Senate race between Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez heads into its final stretch after last night's third and last debate. The two clashed over gun control and taxes as well as on term limits -- including a testy exchange during the WGBH-TV forum over whether Gomez suggested Arizona Senator John McCain leave the Senate when McCain campaigned for him last month.
BOSTON (AP) - It will be a third day on the witness stand for ex-hitman James Martorano as he faces cross-examination from lawyers for reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Martorano has detailed a string of killings allegedly carried out for Bulger's gang.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of Amtrak is warning that trains in the Northeast corridor could be slowed down should proposed federal subsidy cuts actually happen. Joseph Boardman says House members have decided the nation should be connected by trains but doesn't want to pay for it.
DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Stoughton man has been convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a rival through a window as the man lay in bed. Authorities say Michael Blanchard and victim Stephen Erving had a long-running feud.
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