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Aisling Brady McCarthy arrives for her bail hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. McCarthy, a nanny from Ireland, is accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago. (Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Nanny freed as evidence reviewed in baby’s death

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WOBURN — An Irish nanny charged with killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail Tuesday while authorities review medical evidence. A Middlesex Superior Court agreed to set bail at $15,000 for Aisling Brady McCarthy, who has been jailed since being charged. She will be confined to home and have to …

Bomber’s lawyer tells of family dysfunction

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers called a Russian historian and a psychiatrist to the stand Tuesday in a bid to save the Boston Marathon bomber from the death penalty by portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional family from a turbulent corner of the world. Dr. Alexander Niss, a psychiatrist who treated …

Voters want circus to go on in Dalton

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DALTON (AP) — The show will go on in Dalton. Town meeting voters in the Berkshire County town on Monday rejected a bylaw that would have ended the decades-long tradition of annual visits by the Kelly Miller Circus, or similar shows featuring exotic animals. The Berkshire Eagle reports that voters rejected the circus ban 184-92. The proposed bylaw stated that “no living non-domesticated …

Woman shot in face by cop sues for $1.5M

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A pregnant mother of two who was accidentally shot in the face by a Massachusetts police officer investigating a possible break-in has sued the officer, the police department and the town for $1.5 million. The Republican newspaper reports that Britteney Miles filed the lawsuit in …

Pedestrian struck, killed on Mass Pike in Becket

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BECKET (AP) — State police say someone walking on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket has been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Police responded to the eastbound stretch of the highway in the western Massachusetts community at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The victim was pronounced dead at the …

Teacher: Bomber ‘always wanted to do right thing’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — As a child, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was quiet, hardworking and “always wanted to do the right thing,” his third-grade teacher testified Wednesday to jurors who will decide whether he spends the rest of his …

Innocence Project allowed to argue on NH convict’s behalf

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit group that works to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners will be allowed to weigh in on the case of a man convicted of killing a New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago. The Concord Monitor reports that a judge recently accepted arguments …

Baker halts expansion of Boston convention center

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker put the brakes on a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, with administration officials citing financial concerns about the project and overly optimistic predictions about what the …

Study: Millennials say US justice system unfair

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the killings of black men at the hands of police will make a significant difference. The findings, from a survey …

Baker administration to address issues resulting from changes in processing applications for food stamp benefits

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Legislature did not act this week on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients affected by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent changes in the …

Sister-in-law scrutinized in Boston bombing trial

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — Testimony in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev zeroed in Tuesday on his late brother’s wife, revealing searches done on her computer on the rewards of dying as a martyr’s spouse and raising questions …

Board OKs takeover of Holyoke schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FITCHBURG — The state education board moved Tuesday to place the Holyoke public schools into receivership, citing disturbing trends in student achievement and dropout rates. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 at a meeting held in Fitchburg to accept a recommendation from state Education Commissioner …

Eastern states brace for possibility of bird flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — With bird flu still a significant problem in the Midwest, the East Coast is now bracing for migratory treks of waterfowl that could put numerous states with poultry farms and backyard chicken operations at risk …