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In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 photo a billboard proclaims the teachings of Islam near the Massachusetts Avenue Exit of I-93 north in Boston. Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

US Muslims proclaim peace, love on billboards

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. The New York-based Islamic Circle of North America has erected 100 billboards over the summer that feature statements such as: “Muhammad believed in peace, social justice, women’s …

Millis officer fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS — An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday. Millis police Sgt. William Dwyer said the only ballistics evidence recovered at the scene of the crash Wednesday afternoon was from shots fired by the 27-year-old officer into his own cruiser. After several interviews with …

Worker sues over firing for legal marijuana use

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman who says she was fired from work for using marijuana legally obtained to treat Crohn’s Disease has sued her former employer. Cristina Barbuto said in court papers that she told the Irvine, California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing before she was hired that she had obtained written certification from her doctor to purchase marijuana under Massachusetts’ 2012 voter-approved law. …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

Plaintiff in St. Paul’s rape case takes stand

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A lawyer for a recent graduate of an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman last year began cross-examining his accuser Wednesday, asking whether she told her close friend in graphic details which sex …

Police: Brothers, invoking Donald Trump, beat homeless man

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers urinated on and beat a Hispanic homeless man who was sleeping near a train station and one of them said afterward that Donald Trump was right about deporting “all these illegals,” police said. The brothers, Scott Leader and Steve Leader, were held without …

Advocates push measure mandating humane treatment of farm animals

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Animal advocates launched a campaign Wednesday to put before Massachusetts voters a proposal that would prohibit raising certain farm animals in small cages and crates and would effectively ban the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals kept in such tight spaces, wherever they are …

Police: Woman made threat to get off work early

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was employed so she could get out of work early. Police say 21-year-old Emily Sziribik, who worked at the Wild Oats Market in …

Markey backs Iran deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Wednesday he’s backing the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best tool to secure an Iran free of the weapons. Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, said he’s fought the spread of nuclear weapons throughout his career …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …

Report: Boston Olympics organizers lowballed costs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, according to a state-funded report released Tuesday. Boston 2024, the local …

Foster home searched; second child gravely ill

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Investigators returned Tuesday to a home west of Boston where two toddlers in foster care were found unresponsive over the weekend and one died. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters outside the Auburn duplex investigators were expected to be at the residence throughout the …

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks 160,000 acres in 4 states

Monday, August 17, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to acquire more than 160,000 acres of land in states along the Connecticut River as part of its mission to protect land and wildlife in a refuge …