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FILE - This file June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Bulger was convicted in a Boston federal court in August 2013 on a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments Monday, July 27, 2015 on his bid to overturn his racketeering conviction. Bulger was not present for the proceedings.  (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

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 received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper prohibiting Bulger from telling the jury that a now-deceased federal prosecutor granted him immunity violated his right to a fair trial. “The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right,” Brennan said. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm told the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for five decades as timpanist, performing for legendary conductors including Leonard Bernstein. He also led the …

Hometown holds wake for Marine killed in Tenn.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the …

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. …

Body of slain Marine returns home

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee was returned to his hometown. The body of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan arrived at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut …

Gov. Baker: Boy allegedly starved and beaten by father should recover

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said a 7-year-old boy allegedly starved and beaten by his father is on a ventilator, but should recover. Baker said Friday that he received a one-hour briefing on the case. State child welfare officials say they’ve been involved with the family. “By all …

$1.5M price tag for lawsuits challenging Wynn’s casino

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOSTON — Lawsuits challenging Massachusetts’ decision to award Wynn Resorts a gambling license have come with a hefty price tag. The state Gaming Commission and three cities involved in the legal fight — Boston, Revere and Somerville — have spent more than $1.4 million combined since the first …

Springfield Marine Thomas Sullivan, killed in Tennessee shooting, will be laid to rest Monday

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Marine who grew up in Springfield and was killed by a gunman in Tennessee will be laid to rest next week. The family of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan announced that the private funeral Mass is …

Massachusetts revenue collections surpass benchmarks in 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts finished the 2015 fiscal year on a strong note. Tax revenues for the year that ended in June were nearly 6 percent higher than the previous fiscal year collections, according to state revenue officials. Revenues also beat predictions for the year by about $391 million. …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …

Officials mull future after New Bedford casino plan scrapped

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators are weighing what to do next now that developers of a proposed New Bedford casino abruptly dropped out of the competition. The state Gaming Commission met Thursday after New York-based developers KG Urban Enterprises notified them late Wednesday that they were withdrawing their …