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FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015, file photo, A. Ryan McGuigan, attorney for Robert Gentile, stands outside federal court, in Hartford, Conn. A federal prosecutor said, Monday, April 20, 2015, that McGuigan's client Gentile told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and was willing to negotiate a sale of individual works for $500,000. A judge ordered Gentile detained following his arrest Friday, April 17, on weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Convict offered sale of art stolen in 1990

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for $500,000, a prosecutor said Monday. Robert Gentile, a 79-year-old convict from the Hartford, Connecticut, suburbs with a criminal record dating to the …

Rosenberg aims to keep Narcan price affordable

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says Massachusetts should use its purchasing muscle to help ensure that a key drug used to reverse heroin overdoses remains affordable as the state attempts to curb a spike in drug-related deaths. Rosenberg said Monday that he’s concerned about what he called the drastic increase in the price of naloxone — also marketed under the brand name …

Parents of marathon victim urge death penalty be dropped

Friday, April 17, 2015

Days before a jury is scheduled to begin deciding whether to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the parents of the youngest person to die in the Boston Marathon bombing urged federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table. In a front-page essay published Friday in the Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard called on prosecutors to drop the death penalty phase of …

Fatal shooting investigated in Holyoke

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HOLYOKE (AP) — Police in Holyoke are investigating the Easter Sunday shooting death of a 30-year-old city man. Officers responded to reports of shots fired on Chestnut Street at about 6 p.m. Sunday. But the victim had already been taken to the hospital in a private vehicle where …

New state law requires headlight use with windshield wipers

Monday, April 6, 2015

BOSTON — If you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights as well. That’s one of the requirements of a little-known state law taking effect in Massachusetts on Tuesday. Under the law aimed at making travel safer during inclement weather in daylight hours, motorists must activate …

High-efficiency wood burners winning converts

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ATHENS, N.Y. — With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers …

Baker hears addiction stories at panel meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — Recovering heroin addicts, relatives of overdose victims and treatment specialists relayed emotional stories Thursday to Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state officials as they weighed possible solutions for the state’s deadly heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis. Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Attorney General …

AG: Beef up rules on casinos

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — Concerns that casinos could lead to greater criminal activity led Massachusetts’ top prosecutor to urge the state’s gambling overseers to come up with regulations combating money laundering, human trafficking and other illicit activities. Attorney General Maura Healey suggests that the state Gaming Commission require casinos to …

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 …

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 — …

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 …

Dozens of anti-gun billboards to replace one coming down

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed around the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts …

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can …