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Mass. Republicans lose ground in Legislature

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans will hold even fewer seats in the state Legislature in the next two-year session.

After more than doubling their numbers in the House two years ago, the GOP lost a net four seats as a result of Tuesday's voting and will have 29 members in the 160-member House when lawmakers reconvene in January.

Three Republican incumbents were defeated: Rep. George Ross of Attleboro, Rep. Richard Bastien of Gardner and Rep. Steven Levy of Marlborough.

The GOP will maintain four seats in the 40-member Senate, after its four incumbents were re-elected but no challengers were able to dislodge incumbent Democrats. Three open seats were also won by Democrats.

The legislative results congressional races, as Democrats won all nine of the state's U.S. House seats and Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.


New England GOP decline continues amid losses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.

GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did not capture a single electoral vote here. Sen. Scott Brown was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Elsewhere in New England, Republicans lost every major election for Congress and governor. The losses dishearten Republicans, who have been fighting dwindling numbers here for years.

One expert from the Brookings Institution think tank notes that the national party has no incentive to care about New England because of population shifts to the South and West. Darrell West says that's where the party sees its future.

He says New England Republicans are "going to have to get used to it."


Mass. voters seek curbs on political spending

BOSTON (AP) — A solid majority of Massachusetts voters favor overturning a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in political elections.

Common Cause Massachusetts says nearly 80 percent of voters backed a non-binding referendum on the ballot Tuesday in 170 Bay State communities. The question asked voters if they favored a constitutional amendment that would limit political spending and declare that corporations do not have the same rights as people.

The state Legislature backed a similar resolution earlier this year. According to Common Cause, eight other states and more than 300 municipalities are also on record as seeking to overturn Citizens United.

The 2010 decision was seen as a major factor in the influx of spending by outside groups in the just-completed election cycle.


Mass. residents plant flags to honor veterans

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of relatives and well-wishers have honored the country's military veterans by planting about 56,000 flags at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Cemetery policies never permitted flags and flag holders on graves at any time. That changed last fall when the first flags were planted under pressure from Paul Monti of Raynham, whose son was killed by Afghanistan's Taliban fighters while trying to save a fellow soldier in 2006. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and is buried in Bourne.

Paul Monti led a brief ceremony Saturday before volunteers began planting flags at the cemetery.

He previously said the flags are a very personal tribute to his son and fellow soldiers killed in service of their country.


Mass. anti-bullying summit hosted at Smith College

BOSTON (AP) — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is set to host the first annual Safe School Summit, an anti-bullying forum featuring best-selling author Rachel Simmons.

The summit is scheduled for Wednesday at the Smith College Conference center in Northampton.

Simmons is the author of "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls" and "The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence." She works with schools and organizations to develop strategies to empower girls and reduce bullying.

More than 100 teachers, school administrators, counselors and staff from youth coalitions have registered to attend the summit.


Fatal crash in Braintree kills Hanover man

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — State police investigating a fatal crash involving a Hanover man are trying to figure out why the 26-year-old lost control of his car and crashed on Route 3, just before Exit 17 in Braintree.

Police on Saturday named the victim as Jeffrey Prouty. He was the only person inside the car that crashed at 6:47 p.m. Friday.

Prouty was traveling southbound on Route 3 when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the shoulder of the roadway. He was taken to South Shore Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead less than an hour after the crash.


Best-selling crime author treats cops to training

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Best-selling crime author Patricia Cornwell has treated some Massachusetts detectives to crime-scene management training.

Cambridge police officials say the weeklong training at the city's public safety facility included more than 20 local detectives.

Instructors came from the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tenn.

Cornwell's latest crime novel, "The Bone Bed," came out in October.

It marks the 20th book featuring Cornwell protagonist Kay Scarpetta.

Cornwell also gave Cambridge's police commissioner a signed copy of the book, which she set in Cambridge.

The author said in a statement she felt privileged to give back to law enforcement officials who have helped her.

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