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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 …

Eastern snakes fall to fungal malady

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Vt. — Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can’t protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the …

Retiring FBI chief assesses state of play

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSTON — Vincent Lisi, the special agent in charge of the Boston division of the FBI, is retiring Aug. 31 after 26 years with the FBI and two years at the helm in Boston. He arrived three months …

Bicyclist killed in Boston was Swiss surgeon, researcher

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSTON — Colleagues in Boston say the bicyclist struck and killed by a flatbed tractor trailer truck on Friday was a talented Swiss surgeon and medical researcher. Police said Dr. Anita Kurmann, 38, was struck at about 7 a.m. Friday at Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue. They later …

2016 ballot proposal would allow more charter schools in Massachusetts

Saturday, August 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts charter school supporters have filed a proposed ballot question for 2016 to expand the number of charter schools allowed by the state. The proposal is reigniting a familiar debate pitting supporters of traditional public schools and backers of charters schools, which also are public schools …

With Boston heist suspects dead, FBI focuses on finding art

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — With the two men suspected of robbing a museum of $500 million worth of artwork in 1990 now dead, investigators say they are focused on one thing — finding the missing masterpieces. Peter Kowenhoven, the FBI’s …

2 iconic New England lighthouses are back in the spotlight

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Two beacons that guided New England mariners past treacherous shoals for generations are back in the spotlight. The Nantucket Lightship, billed as America’s oldest and largest floating lighthouse, switched on its powerful beacon for the first …

Gov. Baker files bill to encourage expansion of solar power

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation he says will encourage the development of solar energy projects in Massachusetts. Baker said the bill he filed on Friday will raise existing caps on the state’s “net metering” program …

New video released in unsolved art heist at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

Friday, August 7, 2015

BOSTON — Twenty-five years after the famed art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, law enforcement officials released new surveillance video Thursday showing an unauthorized visitor entering the museum the night before the robbery. Authorities hope the …

Activists seek transparency in counterterrorism efforts

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BOSTON — Muslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation Thursday called for greater transparency in a program by President Barack Obama’s administration that’s aimed at countering homegrown terrorism. Organizers, including representatives from the American Civil Liberties …

Iowa man admits threatening Boston Islamic group online

Thursday, August 6, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Iowa man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime after admitting he posted messages threatening to kill Muslims on the Facebook page of a Boston Islamic group. Gerald Wayne Ledford of Clinton pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting threatening communication in interstate …