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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice." (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” “Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process,” the panel wrote. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts. …

CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored — but not until the end of next month. Keolis International CEO Bernard Tabary said …

Woman dies in single-car crash in Bernardston

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERNARDSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old woman died when her car went off the road struck a utility pole in Bernardston. A spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office says Marlerie Kidder was driving north at about 7 a.m. Wednesday when her sedan crossed into the oncoming lane, went off the road and hit the pole. Kidder was taken by ambulance to …

Man dies in Athol fire which destroys house

Friday, February 6, 2015

ATHOL — An early morning fire killed one man and left another homeless Thursday. Firefighters were called to 2275 South Athol Road about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The single-family home was “heavily involved” when firefighters arrived, according to acting Fire Chief John Duguay. Firefighters went inside to attempt a …

Coast Guardsman shoots 2, ambushes cops on Cape Cod

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOURNE — A Coast Guard member shot two colleagues at a Cape Cod condo complex early Thursday, lit a car on fire to hamper police, planted fake bombs and then opened fire on officers, authorities said. The episode, …

Harvard enacts ban on professors having sex with undergraduates

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language the school said did not reflect the faculty’s expectations on appropriate relationships between students and faculty members. In a statement released Thursday, Harvard said the change came as part …

Police: Lice remedy apparently killed girl

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old child who suffocated, apparently because of a home remedy for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag. A Springfield police department spokesman says officers responded to a city home last Saturday for reports of a …

Baker wants to overhaul state Medicaid program

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that overhauling the MassHealth program will be an early priority as he looks ahead to crafting his budget proposal for the new fiscal year. Baker said spending on MassHealth, the state’s …

Overdose drug’s price spike squeezes first responders

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — The recent spike in the cost of a drug used to reverse heroin overdoses is making it difficult to keep Massachusetts first responders stocked with the lifesaving remedy, Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday. Healey’s office sent a letter to California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. asking for …

Victim’s family members testify during Hernandez murder trial

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FALL RIVER — The judge overseeing the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez warned the victim’s mother to not cry on the stand in front of jurors Wednesday, a reference to the two previous days she left …

Man who lived modestly leaves millions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a longtime habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks — a talent that became public after his …

Dairy co-op settlement would pay farmers average of $4,000

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — More than 7,000 Northeast dairy farmers could get an average of around $4,000 in a proposed settlement with the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. A final federal court hearing was held last week in …

Historic Shelburne Falls bowling alley sold

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS (AP) — A Shelburne Falls bowling alley that bills itself as the second-oldest candlepin bowling venue in North America will soon be under new ownership. Anthony Hanna of Buckland and his son, Tamarack Hanna of Shelburne Falls, have agreed to buy the Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley …