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A police officer watches as a cruiser that was shot at is removed from Forest Road, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Millis, Mass. Police are looking for a gunman who fired at a police cruiser in a town southwest of Boston, and schools are being closed as a precaution. (John Blanding/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Part-time police officer accused of lying about shooting on cruiser faces charges

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS (AP) — A part-time police officer accused of concocting a story about a shootout with a gunman before his cruiser crashed into a tree and caught on fire will faces charges, authorities confirmed Friday. Bryan Johnson will be charged with misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a …

Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that’s helped prop up their long suffering-industry. Twenty states divert a slice of casino and slots parlors revenue to help boost horse racing prize money, …

Report finds Massachusetts agency failed to save boy now in coma

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — The Department of Children and Families failed to protect a 7-year-old boy who police say was beaten and starved by his father and who is now in a coma, according to a report released Friday. The investigation, carried out by DCF’s special case investigation unit, found that the department failed to pull together multiple abuse reports — an oversight that ultimately …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in this normally reserved New England community are content to leave …

Less-lethal weapons spur interest among police

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FITCHBURG — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s …

Vt. snake collector gives pair of pythons to Mass. sanctuary

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a longtime snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked …

Bombing juror rethinks death penalty decision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin Fagan spoke to WBUR-FM (http://bit.ly/1V6XfIS) on Monday, the same day …

Iowa pair held on charges linked to Pokemon threats

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Two men from Iowa made online threats against Pokemon competitors — referring to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre — then drove 25 hours to Boston, where they were stopped as they …

Almanac predicts another real winter for NE

Monday, August 24, 2015

LEWISTON, Maine — It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication …

Appeal for convicted killer of social worker challenges jury instruction

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Not guilty by reason of insanity: It’s a difficult verdict to get from juries in Massachusetts. Defense lawyers have complained for years that a standard instruction given by judges in such cases gives jurors the false impression that defendants will be released after a brief period …