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Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • PARIS-- The burglars dashed out the back door with seven masterworks, then sped on screeching tires into the night. If the thieves who robbed Rotterdam's Kunsthal exhibition this week don't have a plan, the stolen art could quickly become a burden.

  • BOSTON-- Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • ENFIELD, Conn.-- Northeast Utilities says it is setting aside nearly 1,000 acres in a land trust to help preserve open space in Connecticut. The Hartford- based parent company of Connecticut Light& Power announced Thursday that the land trust will include 723 acres in Sharon, 188 acres on the Connecticut River in Enfield, 57 acres in Newtown and 13 acres in Waterford.

  • It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 _ up about 5 percent from the class before.

  • Armstrong was dumped by Nike, Anheuser-Busch and other sponsors, and he gave up the top spot at Livestrong, his beloved cancer-fighting charity, a week after an anti-doping agency released evidence of drug use by the seven-time Tour de France winner.

  • U.S. home construction is making a comeback that could invigorate the economy's still-weak recovery. Builders last month started construction on single-family houses and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four years, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

  • BOSTON-- Satcon Technology Corp. on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following years of financial struggles and a severe downturn in the solar power industry.

  • Home theaters and wine cellars have trickled down to the masses. What follows are truly exceptional features that you won’t see in just any mansion!

  • Ernest Hawk, vice president of cancer prevention at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and formerly of the National Cancer Institute. Hawk reviewed the study for the American Association for Cancer Research, which is meeting in Anaheim, Calif., where the study was to be presented on Wednesday.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- The FBI has arrested a man accused of disrupting a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight and damaging the airplane by running up the aisle shortly after landing and attempting to open an emergency exit.

  • BOSTON-- Another step on the long road to casino gambling in Massachusetts is being taken as a 90- day window opens for developers to submit preliminary applications to the state. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission plans to make applications available on Wednesday to companies interested in bidding for the sole license to operate a slot parlor.

  • KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • WILMINGTON, Mass.-- Shares of UniFirst Corp. rose Wednesday after the uniform company said that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 25 percent, although it issued a modest full-year forecast due to concerns about high unemployment.

  • BOSTON-- Two members of Congress have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether a specialty pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak violated any federal laws or regulations. FDA spokesman Steven Immergut said the investigators were there as part of a broad investigation by several state and federal agencies into the outbreak.

  • BOSTON-- Two members of Congress have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether a specialty pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak violated any federal laws or regulations. Criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the Framingham company Tuesday, company spokesman Andrew Paven said.

  • In between its founding and its near-death, the company now called Citigroup has played a central role in U.S. financial history. On Tuesday, Corbat was named Citi's new CEO after the abrupt departure of Vikram Pandit, who had led the company through the financial crisis and its aftermath.

  • There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. Company spokesman Andrew Paven said by email that criminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK-- Experts say there are many ways funguses could have gotten inside the Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of the nation's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

  • BOSTON-- Investors, concerned about PNC Financial Services Group Inc.' s ability to grow profit amid record-low interest rates and increasing expenses, drove down the bank's shares Tuesday after its third-quarter results.