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FILE - This Thursday, June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A federal magistrate in Charleston, S.C., entered not guilty pleas on 33 federal charges, Friday, July 31, 2015, including for hate crimes, for Roof, a white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn’t advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek the death penalty. During a brief arraignment in federal court, defense attorney David Bruck said that he couldn’t counsel his client, Dylann Roof, to enter a guilty plea without knowing the government’s intentions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant then entered a not guilty plea for Roof, 21, who faces federal charges including hate crimes, weapons charges and …

Wynn wants to pay for subway fixes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts is proposing lending a hand to Boston’s creaky transit system. The Las Vegas casino giant wants to pay the state transit authority more than $7 million over 15 years to make improvements to the Orange Line subway that will pass near the Everett property Wynn wants to develop into a $1.7 billion waterfront resort casino. The state Department of …

Man gets 2½ years in prison for jogger death

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DEDHAM (AP) — A Massachusetts man who struck and killed a college student with his SUV while she was jogging last year has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison and will lose his driver’s license for 15 years. A Norfolk Superior Court judge sentenced 45-year-old Jeffrey Bickoff of Sharon on Friday. A jury recently convicted him of motor vehicle homicide by negligent …

Campaign donations pour in for top state lawmakers

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo collected more than $415,000 in campaign donations during the first half of the year — more than during any previous six-month period for the powerful Democrat. The total is close to the $465,000 DeLeo raised during all of 2014, an election …

Boston Olympics organizers step up outreach

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix …

State Probation Department promotion exams shredded

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts to overhaul the state Probation Department’s hiring and promotion system after years of political favoritism have suffered another setback after trial court officials admitted they accidentally shredded promotional exams before they could be graded. The shredding incident comes after 55 percent of probation employees …

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Ex-Vt. transit chief to push Montreal train link

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to deal with the …

Massachusetts expects to see net savings from Medicaid expansion

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — Many states that opted to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge well beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years, an Associated Press analysis shows. But …

DA’s plan for second trial for marathon bomber prompts backlash

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — After a federal jury gave Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his crimes, survivors of the 2013 attack expressed relief that at least the four-month trial was over. “We can breathe again,” said one survivor. But a state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should …

Cohasset School Committee chairman resigns after arrest in sex solicitation sting

Saturday, July 18, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A lawyer for a 43-year-old chairman of Cohasset’s school committee says his client has resigned following sexual solicitation accusations. Police say Paul Ognibene, a real estate developer, was arrested Tuesday evening in a food court of a Cambridge mall. Court records obtained by WCVB-TV show …

Baker OKs budget; names board to oversee MBTA

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker signed what he called a fiscally responsible $38.1 billion state budget into law Friday, while naming members of a new board that will take temporary control of the Boston-area transit system in the wake of last winter’s crippling breakdowns. The Republican governor used …

Federal law puts islands in medical pot bind

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …