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Ruling renews fairness debate in Boston Marathon bomber case

"Boston Strong" remains a "vibrant" rallying cry more than seven years after the marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others, a federal appeals court noted as it threw out the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But even as the ruling opened old wounds, it raised ...

Retired Rhode Island priest charged with molesting girl

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island arrested a retired priest and charged him with second-degree child molestation. A woman told the Smithfield, Rhode Island, police department that Archie Emerson, the former pastor of the Ocean State Baptist Church, molested her when she was a ...

Hospital group enacts stricter visitor check-in policy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts hospital group's stricter coronavirus-era visitor check-in policy takes effect Monday. All visitors to Baystate Health facilities are now required to provide their full name and phone number, a photo identification, as well as the name of the ...

Health Department reports 184 new confimed virus cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There were 184 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and three new coronavirus-related deaths in Rhode Island over the past three days, the state Department of Health reported Monday. There have now been more than 19,200 known cases of the diseases and 1,010 ...

Worcester police investigate fatal early morning shooting

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Worcester are investigating a fatal early morning shooting. Officers reponded to King Street in the city's Main South neighborhood just after 5:30 a.m. Monday for a report of gunfire, police said in a statement. Officers found a 31-year-old Boston man ...

Reward offered to find suspect in killings of 2 brothers

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of killing two people outside a Connecticut bar as authorities search for him in the Northeast and South. The marshals' Fugitive Task Force is looking for Russell ...

Tornado sightings reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts

SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut and western Massachusetts received several reports of tornadoes Sunday evening as strong thunderstorms moved through the region. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Connecticut State Police said they received multiple reports of a ...

UConn receives $10 million grant to research poultry

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has been awarded a $10 million grant to research how to raise poultry for food without giving the birds antibiotics. The grant, announced Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will fund a project led by ...

Condos: Absentee primary ballots should be mailed by Tuesday

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters who are voting by mail in next week's statewide primary should get their ballots in the mailbox by Tuesday at the very latest, Secretary of State Jim Condos said. Voters may also return ballots to their town clerk during their operating hours up to the ...

Governors conference planned for Maine will be moved online

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A meeting of governors from around the country that had been scheduled to take place in Maine has been moved online to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association had been slated to convene Wednesday in ...

Maine removes beach restrictions in wake of fatal shark bite

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine parks officials removed some water activity restrictions on Monday in the wake of a fatal shark bite off Harpswell. The shark bite killed Julie Dimperio Holowach off Bailey Island on July 27. Maine officials responded by restricting swimming at some coastal ...

More seals means learning to live with sharks in New England

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought a consequence for humans – more encounters with sharks. Seals are a favorite prey of large sharks such as the great white. The death this week of ...

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new ...

Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting

A house party attended by restaurant workers in a picturesque beach town in Massachusetts has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. On the western side of the state, a Springfield hospital is dealing with an outbreak of at least 40 cases traced to a hospital staffer who ...

Governor threatens to limit party sizes as virus cases rise

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he'll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if virus cases continue to trend upward. The state is investigating at least eight new ...

Groups seek mail-in voting applications translated in Khmer

BOSTON (AP) — Cambodian and civil rights groups are calling on Massachusetts to issue mail-in voting applications translated into the Khmer language. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and Lawyers for Civil Rights on Friday said Secretary of State William Galvin's office must ...

Naval War College official on leave over pornographic link

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A top official at the Naval War College in Rhode Island has been put on leave after an email sent on his behalf to all faculty contained a link to a pornographic image. Provost Lewis Duncan blamed the link, which was supposed to be a link to a faculty survey, on a hack ...

Connecticut firefighter delivers baby on 1st overnight shift

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut firefighter on her first overnight shift delivered a baby at the home of a family who called for emergency assistance. A team from the Guilford Fire Department responded to a call around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, and firefighter and paramedic Ashley ...

SUV sinks in Housatonic River, killing man, woman inside

SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — A man and woman were killed Friday when their SUV sank in the Housatonic River near New Haven as rescue workers frantically tried to free them, officials said. The mid-size SUV crashed into the river around 3:45 p.m. in Seymour and ended up floating upside down about ...

Police investigate suspicious death behind Brattleboro motel

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Police on Friday were investigating the death of a man found behind a motel in Brattleboro after police received calls about a fight or disturbance behind the Econo Lodge. Police received multiple calls at about 5:45 a.m. and while they were responding they received ...