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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice." (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” “Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process,” the panel wrote. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts. …

CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored — but not until the end of next month. Keolis International CEO Bernard Tabary said …

Woman dies in single-car crash in Bernardston

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERNARDSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old woman died when her car went off the road struck a utility pole in Bernardston. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office says Marlerie Kidder was driving north at about 7 a.m. Wednesday when her sedan crossed into the oncoming lane, went off the road and hit the pole. Kidder was taken by ambulance to …

N. Adams man gets 4 years on child porn charge

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A North Adams man prosecutors say collected child pornography on his computer, loitered around college dormitories with night vision goggles, and sneakily shot video at nude beaches has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Wade Galli was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. …

Ex-boyfriend charged with killing Springfield teen

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The former boyfriend of a 17-year-old high school girl who was stabbed to death in her Springfield home has pleaded not guilty to murder. Nickolas Lacrosse, 20, was ordered held without bail Thursday during his arraignment in District Court in Springfield. Lacrosse is accused of …

State Senate joins House to approve bill aimed at closing $768M gap in Massachusetts budget

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker praised House and Senate lawmakers for approving his proposal to close a projected $768 million state budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday a day after the House overwhelming backed the …

Fresh cold snap brings threat of more snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. The region, which has already had record snowfall, saw a dusting of snow Wednesday and …

House OKs Baker’s fix for budget

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — The Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House on Wednesday approved the bulk of a plan offered by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to close a projected $768 million shortfall in the state budget. The deficit-reduction package was passed on a near unanimous vote without floor debate and sent to the …

MBTA chief to resign as snow delays pile up

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region. Beverly Scott gave no specific reason for her surprise …

Woman dies in Palmer apartment building fire

Monday, February 9, 2015

PALMER (AP) — Fire officials say a woman has died and three other people were taken to hospitals after a fire in an apartment building in Palmer. Fire Chief Allan Roy said flames broke out around 5 p.m. Monday in the building on Pleasant Street and some residents …

Federal report contends Massachusetts Department of Children and Families wrongly took newborn from disabled mother

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BOSTON — She was 19, a brand-new mother with a developmental disability. Two days after giving birth to her daughter, the state took the infant away and placed her in foster care. Massachusetts child welfare officials contend the young woman couldn’t properly care for a newborn and insist …

Woman, 9-year-old daughter found hanged in Brockton

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman and her 9-year-old daughter were found hanged Friday in the basement of their home by police officers who later discovered what authorities called “written information” that’s being reviewed to see it if …

Fire in Athol that killed Richard Bogan ruled accidental

Friday, February 6, 2015

ATHOL — The fire that killed Richard A. Bogan in his home at 2275 South Athol Road early Thursday morning has been ruled an accident, according the state Fire Marshal’s office. A second man who managed to get out of the burning home, Bogan’s son, Jacob, was taken …