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Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court,  Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  Authorities allege Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, N.J., claimed people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.  Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is “uncorroborated.”  Bail was set at $5,000.   Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.  (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool)

Marathon bombing suspects’ sister charged with threats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her lawyer called “an uncorroborated claim.” Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was held on aggravated harassment charges. She is accused …

Alleged molester held without bail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man described by prosecutors as a serial child molester has been held without bail in Massachusetts after being charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge Monday ruled that 74-year-old Arturo Bravo was a danger to society. Bravo lives in New Britain, Connecticut, but has a cabin Becket, Massachusetts. Prosecutors allege …

Bottle-bill backers: Pull TV ads

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot question that would expand the Massachusetts bottle-deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages say opponents are trying to mislead voters. The Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill, which includes groups like the Massachusetts Sierra Club and MASSPIRG, are asking television stations to pull down an ad by the group No On …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which …

Coakley’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten draws GOP rebuke

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says her plan to eliminate a waiting list of 17,000 children seeking state vouchers for pre-kindergarten programs would cost an estimated $150 million annually. Coakley, who hadn’t previously put a price tag on the plan, vowed to begin moving children …

Police: No prior reason to enter home where babies’ remains found

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLACKSTONE — Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released …

Markey to ask Congress to halt coal sales on federal lands

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too slowly on …

Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts appears to have a strong advantage over Mohegan Sun in the fierce competition for the Boston-area casino license, even as the Las Vegas gambling giant pushes back against some requirements state regulators are seeking to impose if it is to win the license. The …

Supermarkets campaign against expanded bottle bill

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages. The 60-second ad argues that the change would mean higher prices on juice, …

FDA eyes Mass. school’s shock treatments

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CANTON — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth. Self-injury is one …

Lawyer: Dead infants may have been stillborn

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home said Sunday he’s optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren’t born alive, and therefore weren’t harmed or killed …

Vt. utility goes to 100% renewable power sources

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, …

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …