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Owen Labrie talks with one of his attorneys Jaye Rancourt, right, as his parents Denise Holland and Cannon Labrie talk in the lobby as they wait outside the courtroom for the verdict in his trial at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H.   Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord.  (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men and three women took eight …

Ruling threatens sex offender laws across state

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

Warren, coy on whether to seek re-election, stockpiles cash

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is stockpiling campaign cash from liberal supporters across the country even though she hasn’t committed to a 2018 re-election bid. Warren has collected nearly $1.6 million in contributions in the first half of 2015, bringing her campaign bank account to more than $2.4 million as of the …

Four shootings leave 5 dead in, around Boston

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BOSTON — Five people were killed in four shootings in Boston and its suburbs late Wednesday and early Thursday, including a 21-year-old woman authorities believe was an unintended target, officials said. Three young men were killed in two shootings in Boston just minutes apart Wednesday night, drawing condemnation …

Judge hears arguments on casino for Vineyard

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOSTON — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan …

Girl’s father feels bad about slain Vt. social worker

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man who shares a 9-year-old daughter with a woman accused of killing a Vermont social worker said Wednesday that he feels bad for the victim’s family. Edward Szczebak spoke to The Associated Press in his …

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig to ‘hack’ politics with White House run

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Harvard law professor wants to “hack” the political system by running for president. On Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig began a crowd-funded campaign for the Democratic nomination, filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Lessig said he plans to set himself apart from Democratic frontrunner …

Scientists: Fetal tissue key to medical research

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines …

Mild summer lowers power costs

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The mild summer so far has allowed New Englanders to often turn off their air conditioners, helping cut costs with reduced demand for electricity. An abundance of natural gas and more efficient power plants have helped reduce the wholesale price of energy, a respite from …

Mass. congressional delegation still unsure on Iran deal

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — With just over a month before the deadline for Congress to act on an international nuclear deal with Iran, more than half of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic delegation is still on the fence, according to a poll of …

Baker helps launch Round 2 of ALS ice bucket challenge

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A deep freeze fell briefly upon Beacon Hill on a warm August day as Gov. Charlie Baker, members of his staff and other top state officials took the ice bucket challenge to help find a …

Fisherman on TV’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ denies fraud

Monday, August 10, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fisherman featured on the reality show “Wicked Tuna” pleaded not guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that he collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled. The indictment handed down last month says Paul Hebert, 50, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Barre, Vermont, accepted …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …