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FILE - This Thursday, June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A federal magistrate in Charleston, S.C., entered not guilty pleas on 33 federal charges, Friday, July 31, 2015, including for hate crimes, for Roof, a white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn’t advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek the death penalty. During a brief arraignment in federal court, defense attorney David Bruck said that he couldn’t counsel his client, Dylann Roof, to enter a guilty plea without knowing the government’s intentions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant then entered a not guilty plea for Roof, 21, who faces federal charges including hate crimes, weapons charges and …

Wynn wants to pay for subway fixes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts is proposing lending a hand to Boston’s creaky transit system. The Las Vegas casino giant wants to pay the state transit authority more than $7 million over 15 years to make improvements to the Orange Line subway that will pass near the Everett property Wynn wants to develop into a $1.7 billion waterfront resort casino. The state Department of …

Man gets 2½ years in prison for jogger death

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DEDHAM (AP) — A Massachusetts man who struck and killed a college student with his SUV while she was jogging last year has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison and will lose his driver’s license for 15 years. A Norfolk Superior Court judge sentenced 45-year-old Jeffrey Bickoff of Sharon on Friday. A jury recently convicted him of motor vehicle homicide by negligent …

Springfield Marine Thomas Sullivan, killed in Tennessee shooting, will be laid to rest Monday

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Marine who grew up in Springfield and was killed by a gunman in Tennessee will be laid to rest next week. The family of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan announced that the private funeral Mass is …

Massachusetts revenue collections surpass benchmarks in 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts finished the 2015 fiscal year on a strong note. Tax revenues for the year that ended in June were nearly 6 percent higher than the previous fiscal year collections, according to state revenue officials. Revenues also beat predictions for the year by about $391 million. …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …

Officials mull future after New Bedford casino plan scrapped

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators are weighing what to do next now that developers of a proposed New Bedford casino abruptly dropped out of the competition. The state Gaming Commission met Thursday after New York-based developers KG Urban Enterprises notified them late Wednesday that they were withdrawing their …

briefs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AG: Stop suspending licenses for drug offenses BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey said she supports repealing a Massachusetts law that automatically suspends the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a drug offense. Healey said her office has seen no evidence that license suspensions are an effective …

Scientists probe cause of beach blast

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists trying to figure out the reason why a mysterious beach blast that sent a woman flying into a jetty are now pursuing a specific cause, Rhode Island’s top environmental official says, but she isn’t disclosing their theory until testing is finished. Department of …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the …

Man charged after son, 7, is hospitalized weighing 38 pounds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. — The father of a 7-year-old boy who is suffering from starvation and dehydration was held without bail Wednesday after the child was brought to the hospital unconscious. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Randall …

Man dies in Westfield house fire blamed on smoking

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — Fire officials say a 64-year-old man has died after a house fire in Westfield. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Westfield Fire Chief Mary Regan said Wednesday that the fire early Wednesday appears to have been caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. The officials …

Eligibility review knocks thousands off Mass. Medicaid

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BOSTON — Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the state’s Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration obtained by The Associated Press. The eligibility checks, required annually under federal law but not performed in …