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In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.  (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Tsarnaev’s lawyers seek trial delay

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for …

Body of woman found in Millers River in Orange

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE (AP) — Emergency crews in north-central Massachusetts have found the body of a 52-year-old woman who had been missing since Tuesday. Authorities say the body of Cynthia Ayer of Orange was found in the Millers River in Orange Thursday afternoon. It’s not clear how Ayer died. The medical examiner’s office will be performing an autopsy. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s …

Two released in Framingham meningitis outbreak case

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met …

Wynn casino project faces new hurdles

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — New hurdles are emerging for Wynn Resorts as it prepares to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the Everett waterfront after winning the lucrative casino license for the Boston area. Somerville filed a lawsuit last week against the state Gaming Commission asking a state court …

Weld registers as lobbyist at Statehouse

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON — Former Gov. William Weld, now an attorney with an influential Boston law firm, has registered to be a lobbyist at the Massachusetts Statehouse. The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Weld, a Republican, would be the first ex-governor in modern times to be registered as a Beacon …

MGM offers update on Springfield casino project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM Resorts International hosted what it called a construction information session as it prepares to move forward with an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. Company officials promised an update on design and a projected construction timeline for the casino at Thursday’s event. They have …

State police trooper accused of pepper-spraying protester in Boston placed on restricted duty

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State police say a trooper accused of pepper-spraying a protester last week has been placed on restricted duty during their internal investigation. Police said Wednesday the man who posted an online video appearing to show the trooper using pepper spray hasn’t yet responded to their …

Alleged Cosby victim sues him for defamation

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the comedian, alleging he “publicly branded” her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and …

Harvard professor apologizes to Chinese restaurant for rant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

Prosecution opposes Hernandez fiancee’s bid to toss evidence

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FALL RIVER — Massachusetts prosecutors are opposing a bid by the fiancee of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence in the perjury case against her, according to newly released court records. Documents filed Monday in Bristol …

Protesting law students plead for exam delays

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BOSTON — Minority students at three prestigious law schools say they want to delay final exams because they’ve been busy protesting grand jury decisions in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, and haven’t had …

Police: Jogger shot by deer hunter on Cape Cod

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Police on Cape Cod say a deer hunter has been arrested after mistakenly shooting a jogger in the woods. The 39-year-old jogger was seen staggering out of the woods near Barnstable Municipal Airport shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday. He was taken to Cape Cod …

Heroin probed in deaths of Haverhill couple

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HAVERHILL (AP) — Investigators are awaiting further tests as they try to determine if heroin caused the deaths of a mother and father in Haverhill. Authorities said the bodies of the 39-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were found in the family’s home Saturday by the couple’s two children, …