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Owen Labrie talks with one of his attorneys Jaye Rancourt, right, as his parents Denise Holland and Cannon Labrie talk in the lobby as they wait outside the courtroom for the verdict in his trial at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H.   Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord.  (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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 competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men and three women took eight …

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 Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

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 of 2015, bringing her campaign bank account to more than $2.4 million as of the …

Utilities must refund switching fees

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — In response to a bipartisan budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities recently sent letters to Eversource and National Grid ordering …

Healey urges tough action on trafficking in narcotics

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has proposed legislation that would make trafficking a powerful narcotic often added to heroin a crime in an effort to fight the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. Law enforcement officials say fentanyl — an opioid more powerful than heroin — is often …

Governor says case of foster child’s death highest priority

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the case of a 2-year-old girl who died in foster care, days after welfare workers visited and found the girl in good health, has his highest priority and the state is launching its own internal investigation. Officials said The Department of …

Marathon bomber’s lawyers seek new trial outside Boston

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in a court filing Monday that he deserves a new trial in a different location where jurors will be impartial. They argued that, because of widespread outrage in Boston after the deadly 2013 attack, jurors in the …

Rape case points to sordid tradition at elite prep school

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — St. Paul’s School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest …

Tribe’s controversial casino plan fails to get majority vote

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BOSTON — A referendum which would have halted efforts by members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to bring electronic, bingo-style games to an unfinished tribal community center on Martha’s Vineyard failed to win a two-thirds majority vote on Sunday. Tribal chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said the vote was 110-110 …

Officials probe death of foster child, injuries to another

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AUBURN — A 2-year-old girl died while in foster care and another was in very critical condition Sunday after the pair was found unresponsive at a home. Worcester County officials said they were conducting an autopsy, and police were still investigating what happened at the Auburn home. District …

Gloucester police station first stop for heroin addicts on road to recovery

Friday, August 14, 2015

GLOUCESTER — The young woman nursing a fresh black eye has come to the police station in this old fishing city for help. But she’s not looking to report a crime or seek someone’s arrest. She wants help …

Conn. court orders end to state’s death row

Thursday, August 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s highest court on Thursday ordered the state’s death row emptied out, ruling that a 2012 law abolishing capital punishment for any future crimes must be applied to the 11 men facing execution for offenses …

SJC affirms state’s law on human trafficking

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — The constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that targets sex trafficking was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court, which rejected claims by two men that the statute was vague and its scope too broad. The Supreme Judicial Court said in a unanimous opinion that the 2011 …