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FILE - This file June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Bulger was convicted in a Boston federal court in August 2013 on a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments Monday, July 27, 2015 on his bid to overturn his racketeering conviction. Bulger was not present for the proceedings.  (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper prohibiting Bulger from telling the jury that a now-deceased federal prosecutor granted him immunity violated his right to a fair trial. “The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right,” Brennan said. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm told the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for five decades as timpanist, performing for legendary conductors including Leonard Bernstein. He also led the …

Hometown holds wake for Marine killed in Tenn.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the …

Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NEW YORK — The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday U.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas …

Adams man suspected in bomb plot ordered jailed before trial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — An Adams man arrested in an alleged plot to perpetrate terror at a university on behalf of the Islamic State group was ordered held without bail Tuesday pending trial. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested July 4 …

Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit filed by New Bedford woman

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses. Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. The couple incurred at least …

Ex-Uber driver charged in 5 Boston rapes

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — A former Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger last year is now facing charges in five unsolved Boston rape cases going back almost a decade, the district attorney and police officials announced Tuesday. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Alejandro Done, 46, who …

Police say cause of RI beach blast may remain a mystery

Monday, July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened. “It could be a …

Home insurance rates soar

Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts homeowners are paying for last winter’s record-setting snowfall with insurance premiums that are jumping by about 9 percent, much higher than in most years. The increases could translate to an additional $100 on the average Massachusetts premium of $1,150, according to The Boston Globe. …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Monday, July 13, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The …

Gov. Baker enjoys brisk fundraising

Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker won’t face re-election for another three years, but he’s already stockpiled more in campaign donations than his two recent predecessors in the governor’s office. During the first six months of the year, Baker raised nearly $940,000 for his campaign account, according to an …

Prayers mark anniversary of Lowell fire that killed seven

Saturday, July 11, 2015

LOWELL (AP) — Lowell’s Cambodian community and public officials marked the anniversary Friday of the deadliest fire in Massachusetts in the last two decades with prayers and ceremonial offerings. Several who spoke at a memorial service at the Glory Buddhist Temple said the fire strengthened bonds within the …

Colleges in US and Cuba form partnerships as travel restrictions ease

Friday, July 10, 2015

BOSTON — As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to …