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(AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) BOSTON (AP) — John Kerry has many titles — secretary of state, former senator, one-time Democratic candidate for president. The globe-spanning diplomat can add one more: snow shoveling… Read more

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by BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer PHOENIX (AP) — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the… Read more

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by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy. The Labor Department says… Read more

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table… Read more

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(Photo: FBI via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has resumed after a two-day delay due to the blizzard. Individual questioning of potential jurors was… Read more

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials say a gas tank truck has exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital, collapsing part of it and injuring dozens of people. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera tells the Televisa network that at least… Read more

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Revenue at the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania rose in the first quarter as table games and slot machines brought in more money and the casino’s hotel in Pennsylvania completed… Read more

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Martin scored 21 points in his first game in more than two months and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Zach… Read more

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CHESTERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Emergency personnel from 5 communities responded to a house fire in Chesterfield tonight. The call came in around 8:45 p.m. for a home located at 311 Old Chesterfield Road. The first started in the home’s bathroom… Read more

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of… Read more

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photo MGN-Online WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under… Read more

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By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Patients aren’t the only ones disappointed by delays in Illinois’ medical marijuana program. Investors’ hopes for financial returns are fading, at least for this year, according to a new… Read more

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By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from… Read more

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(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) By FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining… Read more

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By BOB SALSBERG Associated Press MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard the tore through Massachusetts were on the state’s coastline where ocean front homes took the brunt of raging seas. In seaside… Read more