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State judge charged with helping man evade immigration agent

A Massachusetts judge has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping a man in the country illegally to evade immigration officials. Continue reading

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Massachusetts judge charged with helping man evade ICE

A Massachusetts judge has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping a man in the country illegally to evade immigration officials. Continue reading

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Jurors hear final arguments in opioid bribe scheme case

A federal prosecutor says a wealthy drug company founder put patients at risk to guarantee his business’ success by directing a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid. Continue reading

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Court reinstates late Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction was reinstated Wednesday in a sweeping ruling from Massachusetts’ highest court that does away with the legal principle that made the former NFL star innocent in the eyes of the law after he killed himself in prison. Continue reading

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Woman begins jail sentence for texting suicide conviction

A Massachusetts woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction nearly five years after he died in a truck filled with toxic gas. Continue reading

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Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers want death sentence tossed

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev say his death sentence should be tossed because the judge’s refusal to move the case out of the city where the bombs exploded made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. Continue reading

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Ex-executive to cooperate with feds in opioid kickback case

A former opioid sales executive admitted Wednesday to participating in a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray for people who didn’t need it and will cooperate with prosecutors targeting his co-workers in… Continue reading

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Sessions: Shooting ‘an attack on all people of faith’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue is an “attack on all people of faith.” Continue reading

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Woman in suicide texting case goes to state Supreme Court

A woman who as a teenager encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself may have made bad choices but did not commit a crime, her lawyer told the Massachusetts’ highest court on Thursday. Continue reading

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Ex-Mafia boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ sentenced to life in prison

An 85-year-old former New England Mafia boss who was convicted of killing a nightclub owner in 1993 to keep him from talking to authorities was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Continue reading

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Suit seeks payout for immigrant families separated at border

A lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking monetary damages on behalf of children who were separated from their parents at the border. Continue reading

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Man threatened to kill newspaper staff over Trump editorials

A California man upset about The Boston Globe’s coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday for threatening to travel to the newspaper’s offices and kill journalists, whom he called the “en… Continue reading

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Feds: Troopers ‘tarnished’ badge with bogus overtime shifts

Three recently suspended or retired Massachusetts State Police troopers were arrested Wednesday and charged with taking thousands of dollars of overtime pay for hours they didn’t work by submitting bogus traffic citations to conceal that they had actua… Continue reading

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The last Mafioso? ‘Cadillac Frank’ trial shows mob’s decline

Francis Salemme leaned forward in his chair and craned his neck to get a better look at the photo being shown to jurors. Continue reading

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The Rifleman takes stand against ex-New England Mafia boss

The former partner of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has taken the stand to testify against his one-time friend, an ex-New England Mafia boss on trial for the killing of a nightclub owner in 1993. Continue reading

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Saintly educator with a dark side: ‘Rev’ gets up to 26 years

Shaun Harrison was a Boston high school dean and anti-violence advocate known by students as “Rev” for his pastor-like demeanor. Continue reading

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Harvard economist accused of lewd talk, objectifying women

A well-known Harvard University economist has been accused of talking about sex, making inappropriate comments and objectifying women in his research lab. Continue reading

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ACLU lawsuit challenges separation of immigrant families

A class-action lawsuit accuses President Donald Trump’s administration of illegally detaining immigrants married to U.S. citizens while they pursue lawful immigration status. Continue reading

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Nor’easter, blizzard conditions sock winter-weary Northeast

A nor’easter that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas socked New England on Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions to parts of coastal Massachusetts, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands. Continue reading

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Immigrants sue Trump over end of temporary residency program

Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants are suing President Donald Trump over the administration’s decision to end special protections that have allowed them to live and work in the U.S. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston on Thursday claims the adm… Continue reading

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