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FILE - This Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo provided by Bob Leonard shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, center, standing in the crowd as Boston Marathon runners headed to the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. Law enforcement officials named the brothers as suspects in two bombings that occurred in the area several minutes later. Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for allegedly conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a police pursuit of the duo four days after the marathon.  (AP Photo/Bob Leonard, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Marathon bombing trial to start

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use. But starting Wednesday, a day after a jury was selected, …

Teen’s confession in teacher slaying won’t be used at trial

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts teenager’s confession to police that he killed his math teacher cannot be used in his murder trial, a judge ruled Tuesday even as he allowed a bloody box cutter and other key pieces of evidence to be admitted. The ruling came in the case of 16-year-old Philip Chism, who …

Baker seeks $65M hike in subsidies for transit agency

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker plans to seek a nearly $65 million increase in state subsidies for the Boston-area’s beleaguered public transit system, but House leaders said Tuesday they are skeptical about providing more money to the MBTA until a complete review of recent weather-related breakdowns is completed. The funding will be included in the state budget proposal the Republican governor plans to …

More frigid weather to follow latest storm

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOSTON — Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston — on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month — and tested New Englanders who …

Ski resorts hope for banner season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

FAYSTON, Vt. — Ski resorts are expecting visitors to flock to the mountains of northern New England and upstate New York for rare powder as the snow-shrouded region heads into the mid-winter school break, a prime period for …

Baker meets MBTA head amid complaints

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said he had a “healthy exchange of views” with the leader of Boston’s beleaguered transit system as the two met Thursday on a frigid day that brought fresh travel woes for commuters. Baker …

Deaf advocates sue Harvard, MIT over closed captioning

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs. The National Association for the Deaf filed class action lawsuits in federal court, saying …

Appeals court to hear bid to move Tsarnaev trial

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday agreed to hold a hearing on a bid by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move his trial outside Massachusetts. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled the hearing for Feb. 19. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have …

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 …