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Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of questionable breathalyzer results. Officials learned of concerns last month. “So far, no operating under-the-influence cases in the Northwestern District have been identified …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. Prosecutors rested their case …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not attend the Hartford meeting. “Obviously …

Tsarnaev guilty on all charges

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a …

State to ease pot shop licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly …

Warren applauds progressive pledge

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies. “Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help …

Report cites MBTA’s ‘structural failure’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker called Wednesday for a financial control board to oversee the Boston-area transit system following release of a scathing report that said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was in severe financial distress, with ineffective management and no viable maintenance plan for vehicles and equipment. …

Some Democrats want Pelosi to go

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two Democratic stalwarts from Massachusetts say Rep. Nancy Pelosi should change her leadership style— or even step down — after big electoral losses last year and in 2010. Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch made the …

Salem rehab hospital to close

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SALEM — A Salem rehabilitation hospital that can trace its roots in the city to the 18th century is closing its doors in September. Spaulding Hospital officials tell The Salem News that upcoming changes in federal regulations designed to cut Medicare costs will lead to dramatic reductions in …

How five grassland birds are faring in Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

During the past 100 years, there has been a decline in the quantity and quality of grasslands for wildlife. In general, declines of grassland birds in New England are caused by habitat loss and fragmentation, agricultural intensification, mowing …

Jurors end first day of deliberations in bombing case

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated for a little more than seven hours Tuesday before ending their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Judge George O’Toole Jr. dismissed …

Lawyers make final pitches to bombing jury

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BOSTON — As he planted a backpack containing a bomb near a group of children, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a coldblooded decision aimed at punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries, a federal prosecutor told …

$1M bail set in case of human remains

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MEDFORD (AP) — A man facing charges in connection with the discovery of human body parts inside a discarded duffel bag was ordered held on $1 million at his arraignment Monday. Carlos Colina, 32, pleaded not guilty in …