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FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev’s life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses on Monday, April 27, 2015, in the penalty phase of his trial, the stage that will determine whether he is executed or spends the rest of his life behind bars. Tsarnaev, 21, already has been convicted of 30 federal charges in the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others near the marathon’s finish line on April 15, 2013. Seventeen of those charges carry the possibility of the death penalty. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Lawyer pleads for bomber’s life

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense’s opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial, saying there is no punishment Tsarnaev can get that would be equal to the suffering of the bombing victims. “There is no evening the scales,” Bruck said. “There is no point in trying to hurt him as he hurt because it can’t be done.” Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted earlier this month in the twin …

Springfield offers incentives for historic home rehab

Monday, April 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A historic house in Springfield that was damaged by a tornado is being sold by the city as part of a revitalization effort. Officials tell the Republican of Springfield developers can apply for a forgivable, interest-free loan of up to $25,000 toward exterior improvements. Numerous homes have been built or are in the process of being built after a tornado …

T workers jam Statehouse for transit hearing

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Unionized MBTA employees packed a Statehouse hearing room on Monday as state transportation officials and members of a review panel appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker outlined recommendations for shaking up the troubled Boston-area transit system. The workers oppose changes in work rules or an easing of anti-privatization laws proposed by Baker, and while they were not invited to speak at …

‘Millennium camera’ going for long exposure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies …

NE faces lean year for cod

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod. The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine — a 75 percent cut from the …

Massachusetts OUI cases under review over breath tests

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Defense attorneys across Massachusetts are reviewing their drunken driving cases and many prosecutors are suspending use of alcohol breath-test evidence while the state reviews possibly miscalibrated breath-analysis machines used by police. The Massachusetts Bar Association is also calling for an independent review into the reliability of …

Gov. Charlie Baker calls for new regulations on ride-hailing services

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BOSTON — Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The proposal …

Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state …

Dancer describes losing leg in Boston bombing

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming. “I wrapped my arms around my husband and said, ‘The next one’s gonna hit, …

No construction yet at casino site

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — Despite a lack of major construction activity, casino operator MGM said Wednesday it is making efforts to comply with its commitments to Springfield as part of its host community agreement. The company, which is building an $800 million resort in downtown, delivered the first in a …