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FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston.  Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Prosecution rests

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. At least three jurors cried and wiped their eyes with tissues as they looked … 0

Church dating to 1600s damaged in arson fire

Monday, March 30, 2015

PLYMOUTH — A Massachusetts church that can trace its roots to the Pilgrims has been damaged by a fire police say was arson. A woman set a fire in the foyer of the First Parish Church in Plymouth at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, damaging the carpet and some furnishings, police Capt. John Rogers said Monday. No one was hurt. The fire was reported … 0

Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. “What if … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sen. Warren acts as matchmaker BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting an event aimed at linking up Massachusetts business owners with federal agencies looking to purchases goods and services. The Massachusetts Democrat said the event provides a forum for top federal contractors and government agencies to … 0

‘Super Bowl’ mayors join day of service

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a day of service in Boston with AmeriCorps members. Walsh’s office says the event on Saturday was part of a Super Bowl tradition held in the winning team’s home city. Murray and Walsh worked at … 0

Mountain hiker stranded after sliding down ledge into trees

Friday, March 20, 2015

TAMWORTH, N.H. — A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice. Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to … 0

Snow way! It’s spring?

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Just when flowering bulbs were poking out their heads and snow shovels were getting a well-deserved rest, winter weather has returned. And on the first day of spring no less. Forecasters say a storm dumped up … 0

New Englanders recount snow-filled winter’s lessons

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — The snowbanks are shrinking, and hope — like birdsong — is in the air. As spring arrives and New Englanders exit a relentless winter many thought would never end, The Associated Press asked the Boston Yeti … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, March 23, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the $361 million supplemental budget approved by the Senate last week. There were no roll calls on the budget itself or on any of the 23 proposed budget amendments. $361 MILLION SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET (S 21) Senate, on a voice … 0

US Interior Secretary thanks Vermonters for climate prep

Monday, March 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanked a group of Vermonters on Friday for preparing for climate change by looking for ways to reduce damage from future flooding. Jewell said people in some parts of the … 0

Settlement: Voter cards must be offered to Mass. welfare seekers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration. The groups pushing for the settlement with the state Department of Transitional Assistance said Thursday that the agreement will bring … 0

Bill allowing more tribal casinos clears Connecticut panel

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A bill that would authorize Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up to three jointly operated casinos is moving through the legislative process. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday voted 15-to-8 in favor of the legislation, which is being pushed … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers approve statewide grand jury

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey is praising House and Senate lawmakers for voting to reauthorize a statewide grand jury. The Senate added the amendment to its version of a spending bill, following the lead of House lawmakers, who also included it in their version of the … 0