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It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013, Kumamon, left, a popular black bear character from Japan, is hugged by Mariel Cerra, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of a statue of John Harvard on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., as the Kumamon character that originated in Japan's Kum…

August 31, 2014 7:47 am
It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013 file photo, Kumamon, a popular black bear character from Japan, dances on the street outside Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. when the Kumamon character that originated in Japan's Kumamoto prefecture, or state, visited the university and Fenway Park in Bost…

August 31, 2014 7:47 am
Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of wester…

August 29, 2014 12:40 pmLoading…
Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed in the mountains of wester…

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Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket meat manager Bob Dietz, of Methuen, Mass., center, raises his arms in celebration after watching a televised speech by restored Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at a store location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of t…

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Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket meat manager Bob Dietz, of Methuen, Mass., front right, hugs cashier Mary Olson, of Chelsea, Mass., after watching a televised speech by restored Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at a store location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea. A six-week standoff between thousands…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket employee Melbi Peraza, of Chelsea, Mass., restocks frozen shrimp at a Market Basket supermarket location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of the New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

A likeness of former Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is attached to a post at a Market Basket supermarket location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea, Mass. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of the New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news t…

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Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket employee Mark Feole, of Methuen, Mass., restocks shelves at a Market Basket supermarket location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea, Mass. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of the New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that belov…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket employees Eduin Uribe, left, and Kevin Pineda hoist a sign at a Market Basket supermarket location, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Chelsea, Mass. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of the New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that bel…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket employees Rosimeire Farias, of Burlington, Mass., left, and Luz Medina, of Revere, Mass., right, clasp their hands as they watch a televised speech by restored Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, at a supermarket location, in Chelsea, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. A six-wee…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

Market Basket employees clap and cheer while watching a televised speech by restored Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, at a supermarket location, in Chelsea, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of the New England supermarket chain and manage…

August 28, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Ailiana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs district court in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Tsarnaeva has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening to bomb a Harlem woman. Police say that…

August 27, 2014 7:21 pmLoading…
Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, left, takes questions from reporters in front of Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, about a crashed Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter. An experienced pilot …

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Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, center, approaches members of the media outside the main gate of Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing We…

August 27, 2014 6:20 pmLoading…
Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, takes questions from reporters in front of Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, about a crashed Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter. An experienced pilot on a s…

August 27, 2014 6:20 pmLoading…
Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

FILE - This May 27, 2011 file photo shows American journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., in Boston. Journalists James Foley and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title “freelance journalist.” The role of freelanc…

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Tribe's casino plan roils quaint Martha's Vineyard

Tribe's casino plan roils quaint Martha's Vineyard

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2011, file photo, passengers with cars and bicycles prepare to board a ferry departing the island of Martha's Vineyard, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. Leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe propose to convert an unfinished community center on the island into a high-stakes bing…

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'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

President Barack Obama selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 24, 2014 6:04 pmLoading…
'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

President Barack Obama, front, walks toward his ball while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 24, 2014 6:04 pmLoading…
'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

President Barack Obama speaks with a golf partner while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 24, 2014 6:04 pmLoading…
'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

'Vacation' over, back to White House for Obama

President Barack Obama, right, follows through on a swing while hitting on the fairway as former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, looks on as they golf at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Obama is vacationing …

August 24, 2014 6:04 pmLoading…
Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

President Barack Obama, center, speaks with people on the porch while visiting with Valerie Jarrett and friends in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Obama is vacationing for about two weeks on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes speaks to reporters during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Pho…

August 22, 2014 4:50 pmLoading…
Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes, right, accompanied by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, left, faces reporters during a press briefing, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Rhodes spoke o…

August 22, 2014 4:50 pmLoading…
Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes speaks to reporters during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Pho…

August 22, 2014 4:50 pmLoading…
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

President Obama bumps fists with Cyrus Walker, cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, as Glenn Hutchins accompanies them while golfing at Martha’s Vineyard.

August 22, 2014 4:46 pmLoading…
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 22, 2014 12:55 pmLoading…
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

President Barack Obama sits in a golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 22, 2014 12:55 pmLoading…
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

President Barack Obama operates an electronic device while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 22, 2014 12:55 pmLoading…
Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

President Barack Obama watches the flight of his ball after hitting on the fairway while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 22, 2014 12:55 pmLoading…
10 Things to Know for Today

10 Things to Know for Today

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., harvests zephyr squash at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms grew by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms

FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving …

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New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Ben Torpey, of Greene, R.I., loads a crate of zephyr squash into a truck at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., holds freshly harvested zephyr squash at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Farmers and industry experts say the popularity of the "buy local" food movement here has helped create a market for new, small farms and…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., repairs a leaking irrigation pipe at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Fay Strongin, 26, of Providence, R.I., left, samples a carrot, while Sarah Turkus, 26, also of Providence, removes unwanted plants at Sidewalk Ends Farm in Seekonk, R.I. Across the New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007,…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., ties string along rows of tomatoes to stabilize the plants at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Farmers and industry experts say the popularity of the "buy local" food movement here has helped create a market for…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., right, talks to a group of farmers about harvesting seeds from red leaf lettuce plants at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Farmers and industry experts say the popularity of the "buy local" food movement here ha…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., holds a pitchfork while standing next to plastic sheeting used for soil solarization, at Scratch Farm, in Cranston, R.I. Soil solarization, which uses the sun's rays to increase the temperature under plastic s…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo farmers Fay Strongin, 26, foreground, and Sarah Turkus, 26, both of Providence, R.I., carry tools as they walk into fields cultivated by the Sidewalk Ends Farm in Seekonk, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, cont…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this July 30, 2014 photo, farmer Rob McKim, of Little Compton, R.I., lifts a crate of garlic as he begins to break down the Wishing Stone Farm stand at a farmers market, in Providence, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this July 30, 2014 photo, sliced beets sit among whole beets in a crate on display at the Wishing Stone Farm stand at a farmers market in Providence, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. Farmers and industry expert…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this July 30, 2014 photo, carrots sit in a crate on display at the Wishing Stone Farm stand at a farmers market in Providence, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. Farmers and industry experts say the popularity of…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this July 30, 2014 photo, David Mann, of Pawtucket, R.I., shops for vegetables at the Wishing Stone Farm stand at a farmers market, in Providence, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. Farmers and industry experts s…

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

In this July 30, 2014 photo Sandra Paden, of Providence, R.I., examines peaches at the Wishing Stone Farm stand at a farmers market, in Providence. Across New England, the number of farms has grown by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. Farmers and industry experts say the …

August 21, 2014 10:35 pmLoading…
Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving …

August 21, 2014 1:04 pmLoading…
Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

FILE - This is a Feb. 24, 2008 file photo showing Boston Red baseball player Curt Schiling. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use. Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday, Aug.…

August 20, 2014 5:56 pmLoading…
Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, …

August 20, 2014 4:25 pmLoading…

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