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Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday with a public defender. Lewis is wanted in Massachusetts for a felony charge of sexual assault on a child. Police say the …

Long-serving Boston mayor Menino dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with …

Judge rejects Hernandez request to move trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin …

Baker, Coakley face off in gubernatorial debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Massachusetts. Coakley said if elected she would focus on building a sustainable …

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was lying or high

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember …

Judge seeks 1,000 for bombing trial jury pool

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three …

Governor hopefuls meet with clergy

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates in the closely contested race for governor stopped at an inner-city church Monday to share their policies on issues critical to Boston and other urban centers in Massachusetts with large and potentially decisive voting blocs. …

Man accused of driving school bus while drunk

Monday, October 20, 2014

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A school bus driver has been charged with driving drunk while transporting high school cross-country runners home from a meet. Robert Murphy, of Ashland, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he poses a threat …

Boston funeral director held on $50,000 bail

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston funeral director charged with improperly storing bodies and stealing thousands of dollars in funeral pre-payments has been ordered held on $50,000 bail. Joseph O’Donnell pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday. He’s charged with stealing nearly $150,000 from clients and …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …

N.E. raking in millions from the leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. …

Warren campaigns for Iowa Senate hopeful

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Elizabeth Warren focused on stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a campaign stop in Iowa Sunday, but some liberal activists in the state that will hold the first presidential caucus of …

Northbridge woman rescues greyhounds

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHBRIDGE — When Donna Nelson-Duey adopted her first greyhound more than 20 years ago, she received more than a pet for her family. The family adopted what has become a mission to help greyhounds locally and all over …