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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 …

Baker seeks $28M to fight rise in overdose deaths

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers for nearly $28 million in additional funds to help stem a rise in opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. His request will be included in a separate appropriations bill Baker plans to file Friday after signing the new $38.1 billion …

West Nile virus found in mosquito in Sheffield

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Health officials say West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The state Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the infected mosquito was collected July 8 in Sheffield in western Massachusetts. There have been no …

Police OT for bomber’s trial totaled $748,000

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say they spent nearly $750,000 on officer overtime during the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police officials said Thursday that officers worked more than 13,000 hours of overtime helping secure the federal courthouse from January through May during the trial and …

Mom accused of giving tot margarita avoids trial

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl’s sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation. Forty-two-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday …

Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NEW YORK — The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday U.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas …

Adams man suspected in bomb plot ordered jailed before trial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — An Adams man arrested in an alleged plot to perpetrate terror at a university on behalf of the Islamic State group was ordered held without bail Tuesday pending trial. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested July 4 …

Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit filed by New Bedford woman

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses. Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. The couple incurred at least …

Ex-Uber driver charged in 5 Boston rapes

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — A former Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger last year is now facing charges in five unsolved Boston rape cases going back almost a decade, the district attorney and police officials announced Tuesday. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Alejandro Done, 46, who …

Police say cause of RI beach blast may remain a mystery

Monday, July 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened. “It could be a …

Home insurance rates soar

Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts homeowners are paying for last winter’s record-setting snowfall with insurance premiums that are jumping by about 9 percent, much higher than in most years. The increases could translate to an additional $100 on the average Massachusetts premium of $1,150, according to The Boston Globe. …