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Judge ends treasure hunter’s bid to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter’s effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks’ company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the S.S. Port Nicholson, which was sunk by a Nazi U-boat in 1942, U.S. District Judge George Singal ruled on Wednesday. Brooks …

Liberals, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president. Warren isn’t playing along, making the rounds this week to — yet again — insist she’s not interested in the White House. People on both sides …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. …

Boston museum marks 25 years since art theft

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — It’s been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains unsolved. The theft has …

Jury hears testimony on gloves in bomber’s car

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — The blood of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer appeared on white gloves found in Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s car, a DNA expert testified Wednesday as prosecutors tried to show he played an active role in that killing days after the bombings. Tsarnaev, 21, …

Report predicts Boston Olympics could boost economy with ‘smart budgeting and effective planning’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could reap billions of dollars in economic activity if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics, the authors of a new report suggest, while adding there are still many questions that cloud the forecast. The study, released Wednesday by the Donohue Institute at the …

state briefs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boston area housing affordability worsening BOSTON (AP) — A new report says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable housing in greater Boston, especially for young adults and aging baby boomers. The 12th annual housing report card released Wednesday by the Boston Foundation says while the Boston area’s …

Pro-pot legalization group warns against excessive taxation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot. Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a …

Snow problems in Boston chill Olympic bid

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON - The hundreds of grumpy commuters crammed into South Station vented to one another as they waited to see whether their trains would be canceled or delayed. The snowiest winter on record had already exposed deep gaps in this city’s infrastructure and soured public will toward an …

Friend says he gave gun to Marathon bomber

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev borrowed a gun two months before the 2013 attack and “kept coming up with excuses” for not returning it, a close friend testified Tuesday. Prosecutors have identified the Ruger handgun as …

AG seeks ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday filed proposed regulations that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, prohibit free product giveaways or sampling, and require the devices be kept out of the reach of customers at stores. Currently there is no state law prohibiting …

Woman choked by officer sues Chicopee police

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A woman who was choked by a former Chicopee police officer during a violent struggle in February 2013 has sued for $1 million. The suit filed in federal court in Springfield by Maylene Maldonado alleges civil rights violations and improper training of officers. The city …

Chief justice, prosecutor differ on drug sentences

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — One of the highest profile prosecutors in Massachusetts has delivered a sharp rebuke to a plan by the state’s chief justice to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants at a legal summit Monday told dozens of lawyers …