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Patrick hitting road more as term nears end

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON — As he nears the end of his second and final term, Gov. Deval Patrick’s wanderlust has kicked into high gear. In the past 18 months, Patrick has embarked on a whirlwind tour of the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The slew of trips marks the most active overseas travel period of Patrick’s nearly … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and threw her body in a river after she rebuffed his sexual … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part of the pre-trial discovery process that they still need to sort through. They intend to … 0

Tougher animal abuse bill heading to Gov. Patrick’s desk

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have given final passage to a bill that would toughen penalties for those who abuse animals. The House and Senate gave final approval to the so-called PAWS bill — short for Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety — during the legislature’s informal session this … 0

Bulger’s attorneys file appeal of his conviction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense. Bulger, who’s 84, was convicted and sentenced on racketeering charges that tied him to 11 … 0

Hernandez excused from hearing in murder case

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case. Hernandez’s defense team asked the judge to waive his appearance before the Suffolk County Superior … 0

State to use more ‘humor’ on highway signs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards. The contest was inspired by a message posted on highways in May that encouraged drivers to “Use … 0

Worcester DA: inmate charged in prison killing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CLINTON — Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says another inmate has been charged with murder in the prison beating death of a 72-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder. Early said Thursday that 27-year-old Allan Erazo is expected to be arraigned in Clinton District Court … 0

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a … 0

Governor signs bill to overhaul state’s gun laws

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed a sweeping overhaul of Massachusetts’ gun laws, a measure he said will help curb gun violence, protect families and build safer communities. The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office … 0

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s … 0

Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity. Tanya Singleton, … 0