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FILE - At left, in a May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police is David Sweat. At right, in a May 20, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police is Richard Matt. Joyce Mitchell, a prison worker who was "in over her head" with the two inmates convicted of murder, tearfully pleaded guilty, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run. (New York State Police via AP, File)

NY prison worker admits she made ‘horrible mistake’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who got “caught up in the fantasy” of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the other. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday …

Ohio cop faces murder charge in motorist’s death

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand …

Holmes’ mother says therapist never told her he spoke of killing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son’s campus psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

House, Senate clash over highway bill

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television …

SJC to hear appeal in Rintala case, defense attorney says

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s full Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal by defense attorney David Hoose on whether there is insufficient evidence to conduct a third trial for Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010. Hoose, …

Holyoke woman pleads not guilty to armed robbery in Superior Court; bail set at $2,500

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman accused of robbing a King Street bank with a toy gun in June was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court Monday and ordered held on $2,500 bail — a reduction from the amount set at her initial arraignment in district court. Vivian Poreda pleaded …

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him …

Woman awarded $300,000 after state trooper pulls her out of car

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts state trooper used excessive force against a woman even though he had probable cause to arrest her for traffic violations, a jury has ruled. Beth Shea, of Milton, was awarded $300,000 in damages on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1KrAoCA) Sunday. Shea, 52, claimed …

Taxi crashes into Springfield pizza shop

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television (http://bit.ly/1Im1Qy3) reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. …

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old …