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Bill would increase penalties for animal cruelty

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BOSTON — A bill calling for tougher penalties for animal cruelty is set for a hearing on Beacon Hill. The so-called PAWS act would also create a statewide registry of people who have been convicted of animal abuse and make that list available to animal shelters, pet stores and breeders. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear the measure on Thursday. The bill was filed by Senate Republican leader … 0

Rabbit heads left in Westfield sisters’ mailboxes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found in two mailboxes in town this week. The Westfield News reports that a man called police on Monday evening to report that a rabbit’s head had been left in mother’s mailbox. The woman said a rabbit’s head had also been left in her sister’s mailbox about four blocks away. The heads … 0

Obama refocuses on Asia agenda

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOKYO — President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama’s four-country Asia swing that began … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, two other crew members arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were … 0

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area. Race organizers, in the … 0

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths show evidence of brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among … 0

Why eyewitness testimony is no longer considered gold standard

Friday, April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony … 0

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them. … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

Friday, April 18, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. … 0

Mexican quake spurs panic but little damage

Friday, April 18, 2014

MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake shook a wide area of Mexico on Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets. There were no initial reports of serious injuries or major damage in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred about 9:30 … 0

Avalanche sweeps down Mount Everest, killing at least 12

Friday, April 18, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. The Sherpa guides had … 0

Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? — Christine B., Boston April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be … 1

Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

Friday, April 18, 2014

BC-VT--Vermont Yankee,126 Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press VERNON, Vt. — The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year. The … 0