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Owen Labrie talks with one of his attorneys Jaye Rancourt, right, as his parents Denise Holland and Cannon Labrie talk in the lobby as they wait outside the courtroom for the verdict in his trial at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H.   Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord.  (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men and three women took eight …

Ruling threatens sex offender laws across state

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

Warren, coy on whether to seek re-election, stockpiles cash

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stockpiling campaign cash from liberal supporters across the country even though she hasn’t committed to a 2018 re-election bid. Warren has collected nearly $1.6 million in contributions in the first half of 2015, bringing her campaign bank account to more than $2.4 million as of the …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

Plaintiff in St. Paul’s rape case takes stand

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A lawyer for a recent graduate of an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman last year began cross-examining his accuser Wednesday, asking whether she told her close friend in graphic details which sex …

Police: Brothers, invoking Donald Trump, beat homeless man

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers urinated on and beat a Hispanic homeless man who was sleeping near a train station and one of them said afterward that Donald Trump was right about deporting “all these illegals,” police said. The brothers, Scott Leader and Steve Leader, were held without …

Advocates push measure mandating humane treatment of farm animals

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Animal advocates launched a campaign Wednesday to put before Massachusetts voters a proposal that would prohibit raising certain farm animals in small cages and crates and would effectively ban the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals kept in such tight spaces, wherever they are …

Police: Woman made threat to get off work early

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was employed so she could get out of work early. Police say 21-year-old Emily Sziribik, who worked at the Wild Oats Market in …

Markey backs Iran deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Wednesday he’s backing the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best tool to secure an Iran free of the weapons. Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, said he’s fought the spread of nuclear weapons throughout his career …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …

Report: Boston Olympics organizers lowballed costs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday. Boston 2024, the local …

Foster home searched; second child gravely ill

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Investigators returned Tuesday to a home west of Boston where two toddlers in foster care were found unresponsive over the weekend and one died. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters outside the Auburn duplex investigators were expected to be at the residence throughout the …

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks 160,000 acres in 4 states

Monday, August 17, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to acquire more than 160,000 acres of land in states along the Connecticut River as part of its mission to protect land and wildlife in a refuge …