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Prosecutor: Suspect in kidnap attempt a convicted rapist

Jun. 20, 2018 8:20 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a man charged with trying to abduct a woman jogging along a Massachusetts street last weekend has previously been convicted of rape. Not guilty pleas to charges including kidnapping were entered on behalf of 57-year-old Gordon Lyons Jr. at his arraignment Tuesday. Police say...

Jurors to resume deliberations in Mafia boss murder trial

Jun. 20, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors are set to resume deliberations in the case of a New England Mafia boss accused of killing a nightclub owner in 1993. Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme is charged with murder in the slaying of Steven DiSarro. Jurors failed to reach a verdict on their first day of deliberations Tuesday...

Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy

Jun. 19, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The governors of multiple East Coast states have announced that they will not deploy National Guard resources near the U.S.-Mexico border, a largely symbolic but politically significant rejection of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in...

Boston to sue drug companies over opioids epidemic

Jun. 19, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday. Motley Rice LLC was selected after Boston heard from nine firms interested in...

Some veterans object to plans for W.E.B. Du Bois statue

Jun. 19, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Some veterans are opposing plans to erect a statue of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois in his Massachusetts hometown because of his late-life decision to join the Communist party. Although planning is in the early stages, Great Barrington public library trustees have...

Child scales 'un-climbable' pool ladder in video

Jun. 19, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family has captured a video of their toddler climbing what is supposed to be a gate stopping children from getting into a pool. Keith Wyman says his family was in their backyard on Monday when his 2-year-old son Cody began to climb the gate blocking the ladder to...

Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags

Jun. 19, 2018 6:30 AM EDT

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts. The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but...

Author Junot Diaz cleared of wrongdoing in MIT investigation

Jun. 18, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigation cleared Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creative writing professor Junot Diaz to return to the classroom this fall. The inquiry into Diaz's actions toward female students and staff yielded no information that would lead to...

Massachusetts governor: National Guard won't go to border

Jun. 18, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is reversing a decision to send a Massachusetts National Guard helicopter and crew to U.S.-Mexico border, citing the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents. The Republican governor called the policy of taking children from their parents as...

Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Jun. 18, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court on Monday struck down a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question, blocking it from going before state voters in November and ending advocates' hopes for generating some $2 billion in additional revenue for education and transportation. The Supreme Judicial...