John Kerry to give BC commencement speech

Boston College said the secretary of state will deliver the keynote speech at the school’s commencement exercises.

Strong winds and sunny skies define today’s weather, the National Weather Service says

The storm has passed, but it left behind some windy weather, the National Weather Service said.

Hamilton police officer rushes into burning house to guide disoriented woman to safety

When Hamilton Police Sergeant Karen Wallace arrived on Savoy Road early today, she spotted an older woman pacing back and forth on the second floor of a house that had caught fire and was quickly filling with heavy smoke.

Scott Brown’s candidacy could hurt Charlie Baker

Many of the party resources that would have been showered on Baker’s race for governor will now be directed at Brown’s challenge to Jeanne Shaheen.

With E. Bridgewater dam gone, river will flow freely again

The long-neglected Carver Cotton Gin Mill Dam has been slated for destruction, part of a push to restore rivers to their natural state.

Walsh withholds diversity records

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has refused to release information gathered by the city its hiring practices of municipal employees, a decision that breaks with longstanding city policy.

Independent to campaign with Yarmouth selectwoman

Gubernatorial candidate Jeffrey McCormick will announce Thursday that Tracy Post will be his running mate, his campaign said.

40-year term is sought for reputed mobster

Prosecutors want a 40-year prison term for a man convicted of the attempted murder of former Boston mob boss Frank Salemme.

Judge allows defense experts to examine boy’s body

Forensic pathologists were given permission Wednesday to examine the body of a preschool boy who went missing while under the supervision of the state’s child protection agency.


A leadership loss for Boston’s schools

Andrew Bott, principal of a Roxbury school that has become a nationally recognized poster child for successful turnarounds, is leaving the city.

Police warning women of man exposing himself in Haverhill

Haverhill police are warning women in the city’s Monument Square area of a man who has been exposing himself to women and in two cases tried to attack his victims.Police reported six incidents since April 8 in which a man matching the same description exposed himself to women. Three of the reports are from April 14, police said.

Suffolk professors object to new policy requiring tenured faculty to undergo performance reviews

Suffolk University, taking aim at academia’s hallowed practice of providing lifelong job protection for veteran instructors, will require all tenured faculty to undergo performance reviews.


Cambridge teacher waives bail on child porn charges

A Cambridge grade-school teacher whose arrest last week on child pornography charges shocked officials in Cambridge and Somerville agreed Wednesday to waive his right to bail pending a trial.


Hamden imposes student housing moratorium

A one-year moratorium on new permits for off-campus college student housing has been imposed by officials in Hamden, Conn., because of loud partying, parking problems, and other issues bothering residents.


Truck hauling french fries burns in Maine

A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Walmart parking lot in Waterville, Maine. The city’s fire chief says overheated brakes were the suspected cause of the nighttime blaze in the middle of the busy parking lot. The driver said he pulled over when he smelled smoke coming from the back of the truck. No one was injured.


Vermont library bathrooms clogged by drug needles

A Vermont library is resorting to locking its public restrooms to prevent drug paraphernalia from clogging the drains, a persistent problem there. Officials at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library said they hope to have locksmiths complete the work this week. Bathrooms on the mezzanine level were closed three weeks ago for the third time after needles and other drug paraphernalia clogged the drains, library officials said.

Man allegedly assaulted two women on the T

Transit Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a man who allegedly assaulted two women on the MBTA April 8. The suspect allegedly indecently assaulted one woman shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Park Street Station before boarding a Green Line trolley on which he allegedly assaulted another woman while she was exiting the train at Arlington Station, police said. The suspect is being described as a white male in his 50s. He was wearing a black knit hat, a green winter jacket, and black shoes at the time of the attacks, police said. The T posted surveillance images of the suspect on the Transit Police blog,

Clinton gets warm reception in Boston

Hillary Clinton’s speech, part pep talk and part political call to action, urged hundreds of female business executives to “dare to compete.”


Building destroyed by Back Bay fire would cost $4.2m to rebuild

It would cost an estimated $4.2 million to rebuild a Back Bay apartment building destroyed by a March 26 fire that also killed two firefighters, according to court documents.

R.I. couple charged with selling products as cancer treatment

The pair allegedly sold more than $2 million worth of products marketed as cancer treatments without FDA approval.

T debuts revamped map, real-time tracking info

Re-designed maps of the T system — the result of a map-making contest last year — were installed on 40 Green Line trolleys last week.

Conservative group airs new ad against Shaheen in N.H. Senate race

The ad focuses on what the group says are the Democratic health care law’s negative impacts on some Granite State residents.

UMass Boston student charged with making bomb threats

A senior was charged with making two fake bomb threats to the school within the last week, officials said.

Man’s body pulled from waters at Long Wharf in Boston

Boston police and firefighters pulled a man’s body from the waters at Long Wharf this afternoon, police said.

Lunenburg woman accused of ax attack on boyfriend

The woman had also attacked a neighbor’s apartment before she was taken into custody by arriving police officers, officials said.

Police arrest man who threatened girlfriend with gun

The 22-year-old was found hiding in his apartment after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a gun and then drove away, Boston police said.

Gloomy weather for Boston today, but sunshine coming

The city has an overcast day ahead, but sunshine isn’t too far away.

Golf course worker hit by lightning in Lexington

A person struck by lightning was “conscious and alert” and taken to a hospital, police said.

2d Harvard woman attacked, police say

Somerville police are searching for a man in the alleged early Monday assault.

After an alleged assault in Allston, a selfless rescuer

A woman in her 20s threw herself on a helpless victim who was allegedly being beaten by two former college football players.

Coakley lawsuit wants college’s ex-chief to repay millions

The former president of a Falmouth college allegedly squandered millions on excessive pay, and even a quarter-million-dollar timeshare.

Judge questions probation case

A federal judge questioned whether prosecutors will be able to prove bribery accusations against John J. O’Brien, the former Probation commissioner..

Safety initiatives launched in Brockton following killings

The new initiatives include stepped-up police and gang unit patrols in high-crime areas at night and new requirements for video surveillance in businesses that serve alcohol.

SJC picks lawyer to investigate probate official

The outside lawyers will determine whether embattled Suffolk County Register of Probate Patricia Campatelli should keep her job.

After 92 years, a Dorchester hardware landmark closes

A fixture for nearly a century, the small Hamilton Hardware cannot compete against massive competitors and is closing the Bowdoin-Geneva business.

Adrian Walker

Plenty of questions remain for Rev. Bruce Wall

How was challenging Keolis, the state’s new rail system operator, with an “invoice” going to do anything for the black community?

Mass. limits use of the potent painkiller Zohydro

Governor Patrick’s administration imposed sweeping restrictions just before a ban on the controversial drug was set to expire.

Hopkinton, N.H.

As ice melts, dead fish appear on small ponds

As the ice continues to recede on shallow lakes and ponds, dead fish might be washing up on New Hampshire shorelines — and there might be more of them, state officials said, because of the long winter and late melting of ice this year.


Ethics panel drops Merrimack inquiry

The State Ethics Commission is dropping its investigation of former Merrimack Special Education Collaborative employees John Barranco and Richard McDonough.

Dover, N.H.

Man indicted in crash that killed 2

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire grand jury has indicted a Barrington man on four counts of negligent homicide in a crash last year that killed a Maine couple.The indictments charge 49-year-old John Shaw with excessive speed and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Aug. 31, 2013 crash in Barrington that killed Joel and Maxine McLain, both 77, of Biddeford, Maine.Joel McLain was pastor of Victory Chapel in Biddeford for more than 30 years. The couple had been married one year.

Medford man accused of soliciting nude photos of young girl online

Peter Campobasso, 30, was arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting nude photos of a 12-year-old Mansfield girl over the internet.

Sudbury man rescued after plane crashes in Lake Winnipesaukee

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol rescued a 59-year-old after his plane crashed into the cold waters of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Fluffernutter gets initial approval as state sandwich

A bill that would make the fluffernutter Massachusetts’ official sandwich has been given initial approval by state lawmakers.

Weymouth couple in their 80s found dead inside home

A relative found the couple dead in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

Charlie Baker ‘comfortable’ with $10.50 minimum wage bill

The Republican gubernatorial hopeful added that he wanted businesses with fewer than 50 employees to be able to take a tax credit to “soften the impact.”

Women jailed for stealing money meant for elderly and cat

While investigating a previous case, prosecutors found that two Brighton women had bilked an elderly neighbor with dementia of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

DCF workers protest heavy caseloads

One worker said it was “just impossible” for the agency to handle the volume of cases coming in.

No device found after bomb threat forces evacuation at UMass Boston

A bomb threat called into the school Tuesday afternoon forced the evacuation of a campus building, a university spokesman said.

Welding business sued over fatal Back Bay fire

The owner of the building destroyed by a fire that killed two firefighters says the welding company was responsible for the blaze.

Taxi driver killed had pulled over with flat tire

The taxi driver was killed when her taxi was struck by a tractor-trailer on the bridge Monday.

Woman aids arrest of alleged drunk driver in Hingham

A woman who narrowly avoided being hit by an alleged drunk driver in Dedham followed the car, helping police to locate him.

Suffolk students criticize choice of Abraham Foxman for speaker

Critics cite Foxman’s opposition to US recognition of the massacre of Armenians as genocide and to the building of a mosque near the World Trade Center site.

Cape Cod sighting of rare whale raises concerns

The Cape Cod presence of the bowhead whale, which normally inhabits colder northern waters, raises profound questions about a changing environment.

Outpouring of resilience fuels Boston Marathon

Thousands roared again Monday along the most famous 26.2 miles in sports, celebrating an unexpected American victory and the return of a joyful rite of spring.


Marathon’s ordinary beauty drowns out past horror

Everything that was so wrong about Patriots Day last year was swamped on Monday in a sea of normalcy.

For 26 miles, cheers filled the air

Everywhere, of course, there were reminders of a year ago, but the prevailing mood was celebratory, not somber.

Fenway Patriots Day tradition made only stronger

This doubleheader — a baseball game and an afternoon of cheering for Marathon runners — has been a tradition for more than a half-century.

For those who lost limbs, a race like no other

Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, who were both seriously injured last year, jogged the last block of this year’s race hand-in-hand.

Minute marking bombs honored at Marathon

Suddenly, the loudest sounds at the finish line were the rhythmic padding of runners’ shoes. It was 2:49 p.m.

Police presence felt, appreciated in a uneventful day

Going into this year’s Marathon, authorities had said they wanted the extra security measures to be as unobtrusive as possible.

Heartbreak Hill

At mile 20, the beating and the blessings

You have to put Heartbreak Hill behind you to run Boston. It’s one of the things that makes our marathon so special.

City’s spirit moved them toward finish line

Exhuberant runners streamed from the finish line down Boylston Street Monday afternoon, high-fiving and congratulating each other.

Spectators, supporters return to the Forum

For many at the Forum restaurant when tragedy struck, there was something special about returning on Monday.

Survivor and rescuer complete Marathon together

Last year, Erin Chatham helped Heather Abbott as she was injured in the Marathon bombing. This year, they ran the final stretch together.

Finishing the story

Medical volunteers returned to serve once more

Hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other medical volunteers returned this year to work in the marathon medical tent, hoping to write a new ending after last year’s bombing.

At the finish line

An emotional race for the sake of running, and healing

On Monday, the Boston Marathon was not about running fast, runners said. It was about the race itself, and the community.

Norelli stepping down as N.H. House speaker

Norelli presided over the Legislature as it approved civil unions in 2007 and then gay marriage in 2009.

Energy chief bemoans region’s infrastructure

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said New England doesn’t share the good news developing in the field of energy with the rest of the country.

Jews, Cape Verdeans form bonds at shared seder

Jews and Cape Verdeans both invoke narratives of liberation, and though often unknown, their histories are intertwined.

Former R.I. House speaker’s home for sale

The Providence home of former R.I. House Speaker Gordon Fox was put up for sale Monday, a month after federal authorities raided the residence.

Vt. board tightens rules for painkillers

The Vermont Medical Practice Board has issued new rules designed to prevent abuse of prescription opiate painkillers, the first update in nine years.

Portland, Maine

Three hurt in multicar crash on I-295

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A four-car crash on Interstate 295 in Portland left three people injured and backed up traffic for more than hour. The crash occurred late Monday morning in the southbound lane of the interstate near exit 5A. Police told the Portland Press Herald that the accident occurred when Ardo Amir, 57, of Portland, attempted to re-enter the highway from the exit’s off-ramp. His car was struck by a car driven by Katharine Bavoso, 23, of New Jersey. Police said Jason MacLean, 41, of South Portland, hit a car driven by Travis Bean, 41, of West Gardiner while trying to drive around the accident. Police said MacLean, Bavoso, and Amir were taken to Maine Medical Center.

New ferry hopes to lure Boston travelers to Nova Scotia

Canadian tourism officials and the operators of the Nova Star ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia will focus the ship’s marketing efforts on Boston.

Owner of N.H. plant facing new charge

A Vermont man convicted of manslaughter in a fatal explosion at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is being prosecuted on federal wire fraud charges in Maine.

Vermont drivers asked to brake for amphibians, reptiles

Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are asking drivers to share the road with frogs, turtles, salamanders, and other reptiles, which migrate in search of breeding areas.

Two men critically wounded in Mattapan, South End shootings

Two men were shot and critically injured in separate incidents in Boston Monday night.

It’s a boy, mother-to-be tells husband at finish line

Sarah Norcott held a sign saying “We’re having a boy!” as her husband, Jim, ran by.

‘Negative power’ gone from finish line, says bombing survivor

Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, who were injured in last year’s attacks, ran across the finish line together.

O’Brien lawyers spar over use of ‘rigged,’ ‘sham’

Attorneys in the case against former Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien are trying to shape evidence.

Spectator injured when balcony railing gives way

A Marathon spectator in Newton fell 18 feet when the railing on her second-floor balcony collapsed.