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Conn. home search may be tied to Gardner theft

Federal authorities on Thursday searched the home of an alleged mobster who has been questioned repeatedly about the notorious Gardner Museum heist, an indication that investigators are sharpening their probe into the decades-old, mysterious theft of priceless artwork. Investigators with ground-penetrating radar and specialized dogs descended on the Frances Drive home of Robert Gentile by 6 a.m., said A. Ryan McGuigan, his lawyer, on Thursday morning.

N.H. wants hospitals near Mass. border

New Hampshire lawmakers are pushing incentives for so-called destination hospitals to open along the southern border.

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Game 6: Celtics 83, Hawks 80

Kevin Garnett, Celtics oust Hawks

Garnett stepped up with 28 points and 14 rebounds to fend off the hard-charging Hawks, who pushed the Celtics to six games in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

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Micky Ward helps Lowell fighting get off the ropes

“Fighting out of the red corner,’’ the announcer bellowed into the microphone, “from the fighting city of Lowell, Massachusetts - Please welcome, Sean Eklund.’’ The 1,200-plus locals in the crowd roared in a way that they have not for close to two decades. It was a homecoming, in so many ways. The 28-year-old Eklund and his childhood friend “Irish’’ Joey McCreedy were fighting in their own homecoming in separate bouts Wednesday night at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, there as boxing professionals for the first time since they strapped on gloves as amateurs in their city’s annual Golden Gloves tournament. And in their corner were Eklund’s uncles, “Irish’’ Micky Ward and his older brother Dicky Eklund, the hometown boxing heroes whose triumphs and troubles of a dysfunctional family were chronicled in the blockbuster movie, “The Fighter.’’

Aides to Mitt Romney say he would like to use gay marriage to draw a bright line between himself and President Obama.

Marriage issue is test for Romney campaign

Mitt Romney’s campaign is weighing how to use his opposition to gay marriage to energize a social conservative base that has distrusted him.

Parents question Newton schools amid porn case

Since his arrest on child pornography charges, a number of incidents involving David Ettlinger’s behavior have surfaced.