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It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. … 0

Lawyer: Tsarnaev widow not ID’d as witness in trial

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The sister-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been identified as a witness for prosecutors or the defense in his trial, and she has not been told she’s the subject of any investigation, her lawyer said Wednesday. “She has not been identified as a witness to us,” attorney … 0

Baker unveils $38B budget plan

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker took the wraps off his first state budget on Wednesday, a $38 billion plan that calls for a 3 percent increase in overall spending but includes no new taxes. The budget being submitted to the Democratic-controlled Legislature seeks to close what the Republican administration said was a $1.8 … 0

Gluttons for winter punishment?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOSTON — Talk about gluttons for punishment: Bostonians buried beneath more than 8½ feet of snow suddenly are clamoring for a little more so they can boast of a new record. The city is just a smidgeon over … 0

Insurers outline recommendations for opioid treatment

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

INSURERS OUTLINE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OPIOID TREATMENT The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans — the statewide group that represents health insurers — wants drug treatment facilities to collect and report data about opioid addiction, uniformity in accreditation standards for facilities licensed by the state, and better training for physicians … 0

Report warns of “casino arms race”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Revenues at Connecticut’s two Native American casinos have declined 39 percent since their peak in 2006 in the face of increasing competition from gaming facilities in New York and Rhode Island, according to a new 39-page report. The Northeastern Gaming Research Project report said Foxwoods Resort Casino and … 0

Speaker says he supports tax credit for filmmakers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker may have a tough time convincing lawmakers to eliminate a tax credit the state offers to encourage movie-making in Massachusetts. House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Tuesday that he’s been a big supporter of the film tax credit. He said small businesses get a … 0

Jury seated in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — After two months of jury selection, a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was seated Tuesday for the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The all-white panel consists of eight … 0

Gov. vows to reduce number of homeless families

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker wants to put $20 million into an “End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund.” The goal would be to get the 5,000 homeless families living … 0

Boston starts removing parking space-savers

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians have another reason to be steamed about this winter of epic snow: The city is starting to remove the lawn chairs, milk crates, coolers and other stuff that people put on the street to reserve … 0

4 Northampton massage businesses under investigation

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton police say four city businesses that offer massages and other spa treatments are under investigation to determine whether they also offered sexual contact for money. Capt. Jody Kasper says the investigation began last April when police received a report that one of the businesses was … 0

High court upholds Massachusetts ban on stun guns

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court has ruled that Massachusetts’ ban on the possession of stun guns does not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous decision on Monday, upheld the 2011 conviction of Jamie Caetano in Ashland. Police investigating … 0

Mass. delegation divided on Netanyahu speech

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republican leaders to address a joint session of Congress. Two members — Reps. Katherine Clark … 0