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A police officer watches as a cruiser that was shot at is removed from Forest Road, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Millis, Mass. Police are looking for a gunman who fired at a police cruiser in a town southwest of Boston, and schools are being closed as a precaution. (John Blanding/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Cop accused of lying about shooting on cruiser faces charges

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS — A part-time police officer accused of concocting a story about a shootout with a gunman before his cruiser crashed into a tree and caught on fire will faces charges, authorities confirmed Friday. Bryan Johnson will be charged with misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a firearm, …

Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that’s helped prop up their long suffering-industry. Twenty states divert a slice of casino and slots parlors revenue to help boost horse racing prize money, …

Report: Massachusetts agency failed to save boy now in coma

Friday, September 4, 2015

BOSTON — The Department of Children and Families failed to protect a 7-year-old boy who police say was beaten and starved by his father and who is now in a coma, according to a report released Friday. The investigation, carried out by DCF’s special case investigation unit, found that the department failed to pull together multiple abuse reports — an oversight that ultimately …

Pokemon convention threatened; 2 men held on gun charges

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men suspected of making violent social media threats to people attending the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been arrested on gun charges. Boston police said Sunday that convention security reported the threats on Thursday and the suspects were stopped as they were …

Worcester woman killed driving wrong way on highway

Monday, August 24, 2015

STERLING (AP) — State police say a 39-year-old Worcester woman has died after hitting two other cars, one head-on, while driving the wrong way on Interstate 190 southbound on Saturday night. Police on Sunday identified her as Jeanette D. Adams. Police said people in the two other cars …

Proposed natural gas rate hikes cut by $13M

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Columbia Gas announced Thursday they have reached an agreement that cuts the natural gas company’s proposed rate hike of nearly $50 million by more than $13 million and prevents another distribution rate hike for three years. Without the agreement, Columbia …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

Plaintiff in St. Paul’s rape case takes stand

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A lawyer for a recent graduate of an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman last year began cross-examining his accuser Wednesday, asking whether she told her close friend in graphic details which sex …

Police: Brothers, invoking Donald Trump, beat homeless man

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two brothers urinated on and beat a Hispanic homeless man who was sleeping near a train station and one of them said afterward that Donald Trump was right about deporting “all these illegals,” police said. The brothers, Scott Leader and Steve Leader, were held without …

Advocates push measure mandating humane treatment of farm animals

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Animal advocates launched a campaign Wednesday to put before Massachusetts voters a proposal that would prohibit raising certain farm animals in small cages and crates and would effectively ban the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals kept in such tight spaces, wherever they are …

Police: Woman made threat to get off work early

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was employed so she could get out of work early. Police say 21-year-old Emily Sziribik, who worked at the Wild Oats Market in …

Markey backs Iran deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said Wednesday he’s backing the nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best tool to secure an Iran free of the weapons. Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, said he’s fought the spread of nuclear weapons throughout his career …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …