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In this courtroom sketch, Shakhruzat Suleimanova, right, an aunt of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted alongside an interpreter as she testifies during the penalty phase in the Tsarnaev's trial Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Marathon bomber cries during aunt’s testimony

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev, 21, wiped tears from his eyes quickly and fidgeted in his chair as his mother’s sister sobbed uncontrollably. He had maintained an uninterested expression …

Supreme Court rejects inmate’s sex change

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal. The justices did not comment in letting stand a lower-court ruling denying the surgery to Michelle Kosilek. “This is a terrible and inhumane result for Michelle,” said Jennifer Levi, director of the …

NE states eye crackdown on speeding

Monday, May 4, 2015

WINDSOR, Conn. — State police across New England on Monday launched the region’s first coordinated crackdown on speeding and failing to wear seat belts. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the “New England Drive to Save Lives” campaign with troopers and highway safety officials from all six states at a commuter lot off …

T workers jam Statehouse for transit hearing

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Unionized MBTA employees packed a Statehouse hearing room on Monday as state transportation officials and members of a review panel appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker outlined recommendations for shaking up the troubled Boston-area transit system. The workers oppose changes in work rules or an easing …

‘Millennium camera’ going for long exposure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AMHERST — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a “millennium …

Late spring complicates amphibian migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies …

NE faces lean year for cod

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod. The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine — a 75 percent cut from the …

Massachusetts OUI cases under review over breath tests

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Defense attorneys across Massachusetts are reviewing their drunken driving cases and many prosecutors are suspending use of alcohol breath-test evidence while the state reviews possibly miscalibrated breath-analysis machines used by police. The Massachusetts Bar Association is also calling for an independent review into the reliability of …

Gov. Charlie Baker calls for new regulations on ride-hailing services

Saturday, April 25, 2015

BOSTON — Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The proposal …

Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state …

Dancer describes losing leg in Boston bombing

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming. “I wrapped my arms around my husband and said, ‘The next one’s gonna hit, …