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4 family members plead guilty in $25 million IRS wages scam

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOWELL — Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges that they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors say. The family ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages, when in fact they had made $30 million, the U.S. attorney’s office … 0

Bombing suspect wants trial delay to 2015

Friday, August 29, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015. “We recognize that the government and many members of the public, especially in the Boston area, may want the trial to begin quickly,” the lawyers said in a court filing, but it is critically important that both sides have time “to uncover … 0

US judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Friday, August 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick … 0

Gaza attacks trigger Israeli exodus from border

Monday, August 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands … 0

Candidates for governor joust as primary looms

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — Steve Grossman sharpened his attack Monday against fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley over her settlement of a case involving a prominent lobbyist. Grossman said Coakley has shown “a pattern of bad judgment” as attorney general, including her recent decision to agree to a civil settlement … 0

Crocodile attacks swimmers in Coral Gables canal

Monday, August 25, 2014

MIAMI — Coral Gables, Fla., authorities on Monday were combing a canal for a crocodile that went on the attack over the weekend. They’re also handing out warnings to area residents. Two people were bitten by the croc while swimming in a Coral Gables canal around 2 a.m. … 0

Israeli airstrike levels seven-story building in Gaza

Sunday, August 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. The strikes … 0

KKK recruitment drive raises hackles on Long Island

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Residents of the Long Island hamlet of Hampton Bays have found Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets tucked next to their mailboxes and in their driveways over the past month, Southampton police and town officials said Saturday. Police have received four complaints from residents who have … 0

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and … 0

American journalist held in Syria freed

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. … 0

Four women accuse Everett mayor of sexual harassment

Sunday, August 24, 2014

EVERETT (AP) — Four women have accused Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria of sexual harassment over the past decade. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that DeMaria rejected the allegations and suggested that opponents of a proposed casino could be spreading falsehoods about him. Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 … 0

Quake hits California’s wine region

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending more … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0