Mass. lawmakers approve $36.5b budget

The bill, approved on a 144-7 vote in the House, and a voice vote in the Senate, came just hours before the fiscal year comes to an end.

State universities, community colleges sound funding alarm

UMass schools will freeze tuition and fees, but nine other public universities and 15 community colleges said higher prices and cuts are likely.

Elite male professors train fewer women biologists

The most prominent male faculty in the life sciences at top US research institutions are training fewer women scientists than others, said a new study.

New Bedford woman facing charges in death of newborn

The baby was found dead under a staircase at a New Bedford home on April 11.

A year ago, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.45 a gallon, 25 cents lower than the price Monday.

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July 4 gas prices at highest level since 2008

AAA Southern New England reported Monday that the average price for gas in Massachusetts was $3.70 a gallon.

Anti-abortion advocates cheered in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in the Hobby Lobby Stores case was announced.

Contraception coverage can?t be forced, court rules

The Supreme Court says employers can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement.

// Obama says he?ll take executive steps on immigration

President Obama?s decision effectively declares that a broad based change in immigration policy is dead for the year.

On soccer

// US should have the stuff to beat the Belgians

The US team is more experienced on the global stage than the Belgians, and they faced tougher rivals in World Cup group play.


// The surprising appeal of ISIS

It?s murderous, intolerant, and dangerous. But the group offers Sunnis something rare in the Middle East: a chance to feel like a citizen.