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In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 photo, George Perrot bows his head as one of his  Attorney's Christopher J. Walsh comforts him after the trial judge orders him to be  released on his own recognizance after his bail hearing inside the Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial. George Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop in her Springfield …

Body found in Colrain; foul play not suspected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday night by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the edges of the North River to retrieve a body …

Refugees’ mental health needs concern experts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be …

Third SJC justice in week announces retirement

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice Fernande Duffly said Wednesday she would retire in July, making her the third member of the state’s highest court in the past week to announce plans to leave the bench and providing Gov. Charlie Baker a rare chance to shape the …

Somerville to pay Marine reservist for violating his employment rights

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOMERVILLE (AP) — The city of Somerville has agreed to pay more than $15,000 in back pay for allegations it violated a Marine Corps reservist’s employment rights. The Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday. It’s subject to court approval. The suit alleges the city violated firefighter Sean Keane’s …

Senate launches bid to connect with millennials

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Democratic Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst says Beacon Hill hasn’t done a good enough job connecting with the state’s young citizens. Rosenberg on Wednesday launched what he’s calling a “Millennial Engagement Initiative” to reach out to young people on a range of issues, from student …

Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Bernie Sanders win NH primaries in scrambled presidential campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies. Sanders swept majorities of …

MBTA officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — A transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded during a gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon bombers announced his retirement Tuesday, citing the lingering effects of his injuries. Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic shootout in Watertown four days after …

Senior Boston firefighter guilty of fraud, larceny

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Boston Fire Department has been convicted of stealing nearly $50,000 in public money to pay his bills and obtain personal items. District Chief Edward Scigliano IV, of Kingston, was convicted Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court of procurement fraud and larceny …

State reports high rates of child abuse, neglect

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year. The federal figures reported in The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1T35SUZ ) show that Massachusetts reported 31,863 victimized children to the U.S. Department of Health …

Officials: Man found dead with daughter OD’d

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PITTSFIELD (ap) — Officials say a Pittsfield man who was found dead in his apartment with his 11-year-old daughter died of a drug overdose— but the cause of the girl’s death remains unknown. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless’s office said Monday that medical examiner reports indicate 47-year-old Anthony …

Reborn Maine mill town shows possibilities of ethnic diversification

Monday, February 8, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine — The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation’s whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig’s head rolled into …

Candidates take varied tacks in NH

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they …