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Fund-raising from employees raises ethical concerns

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz has received about $61,000 in campaign contributions from his employees since 2008.

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Some elected officials in Mass. are accepting thousands of dollars from their employees, although they say they are not pressuring those workers to contribute.

Casey McLaughlin (left) and her spouse, Major Shannon McLaughlin, with their 2-year-old twins, Grace and Grant, at home in Foxborough. They object to the Army’s refusal to acknowledge their marriage and grant Casey rights and benefits.

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Battle on the home front

Food, shopping, swimming lessons, doctor visits — it’s all more complicated and costly for same-sex parents in the military.

Patriots opt not to use franchise tag

It is the first time since 2008 that the team has not used the tag to designate a franchise player.

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Learn more about the cardinals who will select the next pope.

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GOP Senate hopefuls won’t refuse outside ads

The three Republican candidates in the US Senate primary rejected a proposal to bar outside groups from running TV ads or sending mailers in the election campaign.

BU suspends fraternity in wake of student death

Boston University suspended a fraternity Monday for hosting an off-campus house party where a student was found unconscious and later died.

FCC supports unlocking cellphones

The Federal Communications Commission said it would urge Congress to allow users to unlock their phones in order to switch providers.

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The ruling today delivered a major blow to James “Whitey’’ Bulger’s defense.

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Beginning in the 1930s, New England ski trails quickly expanded, and today skiing isn’t the quaint small business it once was.