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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House signed off Wednesday on a measure that would end the state’s longstanding policy of automatically suspending for up to five years the driver’s licenses of people convicted of drug offenses. The bill was approved unanimously during the first House session of...
BOSTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the death penalty trial of a Massachusetts man is stepping down from the case. Gary Lee Sampson was condemned by a jury to die after pleading guilty to carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men in 2001. In 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Mark...
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston has dismissed a nearly $10 million lawsuit brought against the government by the family of a South Boston man slain by James “Whitey” Bulger and his crew in 1974. The suit alleged that former FBI agent John Connolly Jr. knew for decades that Bulger killed...
AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a body was found in a wooded area off Interstate 290 in Auburn. The Worcester district attorney’s office says the body of 48-year-old David LaRoche, of Oxford, was discovered Tuesday morning. LaRoche was found by relatives...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A murder charge has been dropped against a Massachusetts man charged along with his half brother in connection with a homicide in Blackstone. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Brendan Bates, of Milford, is now charged with misleading a criminal investigation and...
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island woman who left her 8-month-old baby in her vehicle with outdoor temperatures in the 20s is facing child endangerment charges. Wrentham police say the baby was in the car alone for about 10 minutes Tuesday at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in...
PARIS (AP) — Officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man wearing a fake explosives vest outside a police station in northern Paris on Thursday, French officials said, a year to the day since an attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo launched a bloody year in the French capital...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, South Korea on Thursday announced it would resume cross-border propaganda broadcasts that Pyongyang considers an act of war. Seoul also began talks with Washington that could see the arrival of nuclear-powered U.S....
BEIJING (AP) — The latest trigger was currency jitters, but Thursday’s plunge in Chinese stocks was just one in a series of aftershocks from last year’s boom and bust that could shake markets for months to come. Investor anxiety over economic weakness and a possible glut of unwanted shares...
WASHINGTON (AP) — There were more airline deaths worldwide due to deliberate acts in 2015 than to accidental air crashes for the second year in a row, according to an industry tally. There were only eight accidental airline crashes last year accounting for 161 passenger and crew deaths — the...

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