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Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court,  Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  Authorities allege Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, N.J., claimed people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.  Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is “uncorroborated.”  Bail was set at $5,000.   Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.  (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool)

Marathon bombing suspects’ sister charged with threats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her lawyer called “an uncorroborated claim.” Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was held on aggravated harassment charges. She is accused …

Alleged molester held without bail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man described by prosecutors as a serial child molester has been held without bail in Massachusetts after being charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge Monday ruled that 74-year-old Arturo Bravo was a danger to society. Bravo lives in New Britain, Connecticut, but has a cabin Becket, Massachusetts. Prosecutors allege …

Bottle-bill backers: Pull TV ads

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot question that would expand the Massachusetts bottle-deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages say opponents are trying to mislead voters. The Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill, which includes groups like the Massachusetts Sierra Club and MASSPIRG, are asking television stations to pull down an ad by the group No On …

Inmate’s death leads to the firing of three hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER (AP) — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier …

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in …

Feds urge judge to uphold job-rigging convictions

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday not to disturb the convictions of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies in a job-rigging case. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a 61-page response to earlier motions from lawyers for O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke …

Maine woman finds 2-headed baby snapping turtle

Friday, September 26, 2014

HUDSON, Maine (AP) — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the tiny creature this week while she …

500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield church

Friday, September 26, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Members of a Pittsfield church say they’re heartbroken by the theft of 500 pounds of squash grown in a church garden that was going to be donated to the needy. The theft of acorn and butternut squash from the Pittsfield Church of Christ’s “Giving Garden” …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll …

Patrick: AG’s job not for me

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday that he’s “not going to be the next attorney general” and isn’t interested in replacing Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, …

Ebola patient released

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — After three weeks in isolation, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa says he’s grateful for the specialized care that allowed him to recover and remains concerned about the people he …

Nurses sue over vaccine mandate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The nurses’ union at one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals has sued to block a policy that would require nurses to get flu shots. The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s lawsuit against Brigham and Women’s Hospital filed this week in Suffolk Superior Court comes as state public …

Hernandez prosecutors allow exclusion of evidence

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Prosecutors have decided not to oppose a move by lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence against him in a 2013 murder case. In court filings Wednesday, prosecutors said that they won’t fight the request to keep out .45-caliber bullets …