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First responders searching for scuba diver in distress off shores of Marblehead, police say

Emergency rescue crews are currently responding to reports of a scuba diver in distress off the coast of Marblehead, police said.

Massachusetts does well in new Kids Count report

The state was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories.

Evan Horowitz

Mass. children No. 1, but compared to whom?

From test scores to child poverty, Mass. children rank favorably in the US, but not when compared to similarly wealthy countries.

Aaron Hernandez murder trial to start in January

The former Patriots star’s trial in the 2013 shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd will start early next year

Chelmsford police say man left his own keys at crime scene

Authorities say a man left something behind in exchange for the belongings he stole: his keys.

Jury starts fifth day of deliberations in probation trial

Jurors are discussing corruption allegations against former probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides.

Baker emphasizes fiscally conservative, socially moderate stances

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker is seeking to introduce himself and his positions to voters.

State has new theory on fatal Dudley St. shooting

Suffolk prosecutors presented a theory that Pa man shot his best friend while trying to kill someone else.

Judge rules in Chelsea without hearing evidence

The case, described as highly unusual by legal experts, has prompted prosecutors to ask for review.

Missing N.H. teen Abigail Hernandez back at home

Nine months after she disappeared, Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family, but details about her case remain elusive.

Many teenage drivers hitting the road alone

In Massachusetts, the freedom that comes with a driver’s license also comes with a leash for teenagers.

Gun bill change worries police

Numerous Mass. police chiefs are gearing up to speak out against action that takes away police discretion when issuing certain firearm ID cards.

New Hampshire falls from 1st in survey of children’s well-being

The state has dropped from its traditional top spot in a national survey of children’s well-being, in part because of its rapidly rising child poverty rate.

Fox attacks bring eerie quiet to Newbury

Families took cover inside after a recent string of attacks in the area by foxes believed to be carrying rabies.

Azamat Tazhayakov verdict could affect related court cases

His conviction Monday could influence how his other two friends defend against charges that they too lied to authorities investigating the bombings.

Holly Ladd, at 59; public policy activist wrote powerful blog after ALS diagnosis

During her many years leading nonprofits and health care information agencies, Ms. Ladd crafted phrases that combined compassion with calls to action.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine

South Portland City Council says no to tar sands oil export

The South Portland City Council passed an ordinance by a 6-to-1 vote Monday night that bans the export of Canadian tar sands oil from the city’s historic port.

BOSTON

East Boston man charged in alleyway fire

An East Boston man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he set a fire in an alleyway off Falcon Street that caused $5,000 in damage to a nearby home Sunday, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

LUDLOW

Man dead after domestic shooting in Ludlow

A man is dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after a domestic dispute, authorities in Ludlow said.

TYNGSBOROUGH

Police hunt suspect in Tyngsborough bank robbery

Tyngsborough police are searching for the man who robbed the Enterprise Bank on Middlesex Road Monday.

NEWPORT, R.I.

Judge dismisses suit over Breakers welcome center in Newport

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prevent construction of a welcome center on the grounds of The Breakers mansion in Newport, although a second lawsuit is still pending.

BROCKTON

Man faces charges in fatal stabbing in Brockton

A Brockton man is headed to court to face charges in the fatal stabbing of another city man over the weekend. Prosecutors said Tyron Coney, 23, is facing a manslaughter charge.

ROCKLAND, Maine

Ex-resident convicted of pushing wife off cliff in Maine

A former Maine man has been convicted of bashing his wife’s head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff in disputes over an affair and inheritance money.

PROVIDENCE

Kennedy endorses Taveras in R.I. governor’s race

Former US representative Patrick Kennedy has endorsed Mayor Angel Taveras of Providence in the race for Rhode Island governor.

VINALHAVEN, Maine

Maine lobster boat’s sinking investigated

The US Coast Guard is investigating an incident in which two Maine lobstermen had to be rescued last week after their fishing boat hit a ledge and sank in foggy weather near Vinalhaven.

PLYMOUTH

Brockton man drowns in pond in Plymouth

A 19-year-old Brockton man has drowned in a Plymouth pond, authorities said. The body of Jared Marshall was recovered from the pond at Ellis Haven Campground just after 6 p.m. Sunday.

WALTHAM

Woman injured when her car rolls over her at Waltham hotel

A 54-year-old woman was in serious condition after her car rolled over her in a hotel parking garage Monday morning in Waltham, officials said.

As Market Basket conflict grows, politicians weigh in

Elected officials responded to the controvery surrounding Market Basket.

Drivers cheer cash-free tolling on Tobin Bridge

The Tobin Bridge officially switched to cash-free tolling Monday morning, and, just as promised, morning rush hour traffic moved a little faster than usual.

KEVIN CULLEN

Tazhayakov family struggles with son’s loss of innocence

As the jury filed in Monday, Azamat Tazhayakov’s father betrayed anything but confidence. His mother showed even less.

Police search for Ford Explorer in South End homicide

Boston police are searching for a dark-colored Ford Explorer in a weekend South End homicide.

Tyngsborough police search for bank robbery suspect

Pictures of the suspect show him wearing white gloves, a knit hat, and a black mask covering the lower half of his face.

Deval Patrick heads to Maine to boost Democratic hopeful for governor

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is currently in Maine, boosting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud, a Congressman hoping to unseat combative Republican Governor Paul LePage.

Man struck by car allegedly driven by former Cambridge police officer dies

Fu Gui Jiang, 78, succumbed to his injuries more than three months after a car hit him on Massachusetts Avenue.

POLITICAL HAPPY HOUR: July 21, 2014

Political Happy Hour: Grossman launches first TV ad | Pols join Market Basket protest | Deval Patrick in Maine | How many gray seals is too many?

Flock of 9 sheep killed by coyotes, says Topsfield farmer

Eugene McKay said he believes about five coyotes invaded his farm on Rowley Bridge Road Sunday night.

Missing N.H. teen returned to family 9 months after disappearing

Abigail Hernandez was last seen leaving her high school in Conway, N.H., in October.

2 arrested in connection with robbery of Chelmsford grocery store

The two suspects allegedly robbed a bank branch inside of a Stop & Shop.

Grossman, in first television ad, strikes contrast with Coakley

Treasurer Steve Grossman, looking to close the gap with front-runner Martha Coakley, unveiled his first campaign television ad.

Harvard student’s death is mourned

The 19-year-old woman died this weekend after she apparently slipped into rushing water while hiking.

Week to start out sunny before showers and storms

Today will likely be sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s, though rain could arrive in coming days.

Jury concludes fourth day of probation deliberations

The jury is weighing a corruption case against former probation chief John J. O’Brien and two top aides.

Jurors convict friend of Tsarnaev

Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of interfering with the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

JetBlue pilot faces heroin charge

Police launched the investigation after complaints from residents about drug dealing near 75 Boylston St.

Woman hurt as car rolls over her at Waltham hotel

A woman was taken to a hospital with serious injuries caused by her own vehicle, police said.

Bicyclist suffers severe injuries in Boston crash

The brakes on the 19-year-old’s bicycle apparently failed, sending him careening into the side of a moving car on Huntington Avenue, police said.

5 shot, 2 stabbed in weekend violence

A spate of separate shootings and a stabbing Sunday capped a violent weekend in Boston.

Probation trial jury submitted 281 questions to judge

The submitting of questions has added a new dynamic to an already complex corruption case.

Boston adds security cameras to school buses

Officials will be able to more thoroughly investigate reports of bullying, traffic accidents, and other issues.

Woman, 11-month-old girl safe after report of kidnapping

A woman and an 11-month-old-girl appeared unharmed Sunday after an alleged armed kidnapping in Worcester, State Police said in a statement.

UMass to open facility in downtown Boston

The University of Massachusetts says it plans to boost its presence in downtown Boston by opening an academic and administrative building in 2016. All five of the UMass campuses will be given the chance to offer classes at the One Beacon Street location.

Program at Newport folk festival honors Seeger

Few musicians are as closely linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger.

Ex-trader convicted of fraud faces sentencing

Federal prosecutors say a former Wall Street investment banker convicted of securities fraud deserves a nine-year prison sentence. His attorney is calling for a sentence of no more than 14 months. Jesse Litvak is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Haven.

City Hall truck aiding underserved areas

The van has logged 2,400 requests for municipal services from residents during more than 300 trips since August.

History comes to life aboard Charles W. Morgan

Before settling in Duxbury, Jules Grace filled in as a cook on the ship for a one-way trip to America in 1921.

AIDS conference honors slain delegates

Officials never considered canceling the event, despite the deaths of six delegates - all of whom were aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Transgender people detail bias they face

Two-thirds of transgender people surveyed reported experiencing discrimination in a public setting in Mass. in the past year.

Ad blitz set for college initiative

Mass. education officials are launching a new awareness campaign for a program that allows high school students to take college courses.

Senators seek more time for Liberians in US

Fifteen senators have sent a letter to President Obama to grant an extension of at least two years to the refugees.

Motorcycle by Orange County Choppers honors fallen firefighters

The bike honors firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in a Back Bay blaze March 26.

Five shot, two stabbed over the weekend in Boston

Police also received calls about shots being fired at least three other times early Sunday morning.

Hot air balloon crashes, catches fire in Clinton

Three people from the crash were treated in the emergency room at Clinton Hospital.

Suspect in custody after Back Bay stabbing

A person was stabbed and seriously injured near a busy Back Bay intersection Saturday evening, police said.

3 years later, no answers on girl’s death

Three years after her death, 11-year-old Celina Cass remains a haunting presence in her small New Hampshire town.

Maine recovery center uses art, poetry to take a hard look at heroin

Grace Street Services has found that visual art, poetry, and writing about one’s journey can help drug users navigate the winding road to a better life.

Starts & Stops

Aspirational alterations to Gloucester street sign

It’s always a delightful surprise to come across a street sign altered to convey some larger truth.

Sculptors create masterpieces out of Revere Beach sand

This year’s festival was dedicated to America’s armed forces, and sculptors flew in from all over the world to compete.

More funds urged to stop sexual assaults

Many colleges are failing to commit adequate financial resources toward addressing the problem.

Thousands run for veterans at Fenway

Now in its fifth year, Run to Home Base has garnered over $11 million to help Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families.

In Afghanistan, troops join Boston runners

Members of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division held their own run on Friday in support of the Home Base event.

Coastal ride in Maine raises funds for bike group

More than 900 bicyclists are expected to participate in the 13th annual Maine Lobster Ride.

Attleboro to spend $100,000 on 100th anniversary

Despite the opposition of two councilmen, the city is pushing ahead with a plan to spend $132,000 on its 100th birthday celebration.

20-year-old man shot to death in Providence

Ty-shon Perry was shot outside a home near the intersection of River Avenue and Allston Street shortly before 2 a.m., Saturday.

National parks in Mass. drew 9.7m

The nearly 9.7 million people that visited national parks in Massachusetts spent nearly $470 million.

Plane overshoots Falmouth runway; none hurt

No one was injured after the single-engine plane overshot the runway Saturday morning.

This day in history

Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year.

Thousands in Annie Dookhan cases still not identified

Lawyers have been unable to identify more than 31,000 people with cases possibly tainted by former state chemist Annie Dookhan, raising concerns that those people are being denied justice, an attorney told a judge on the state’s highest court Thursday.

Mourners remember family killed in Lowell fire

Three children and their parents were buried just over a week after they died in a fire in their apartment building.

After thefts, flag holders removed from Norwood graves

Police have removed about 60 bronze flag holders from graves of military veterans following a string of thefts.

Some winning streaks have defied belief

The lottery suspects the Brudnick family may be “Ten Percenters,” people who claim others’ prizes for a fee.