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Freed Sudanese woman begins new life in N.H.

Meriam Ibrahim drew global attention when she was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her faith.

Worcester man arrested for 11th alleged drunk driving offense

Despite his repeated arrests and multiple convictions, David Silvestri’s license was valid when he was arrested, an official said.

Melrose police search for suspects in Revere carjacking

Melrose police are searching for two suspects who may have been involved in carjacking in Revere

Researchers tag summer’s first great white off Cape Cod

Researchers tagged a great white off the coast of Cape Cod, the first of the season to be marked for tracking.

Revere creates tornado relief fund

The City of Revere has established a relief fund for those whose homes and other property suffered damage in the tornado.

Girl struck by car at Market Basket protest in N.H.

The 12-year-old was hit while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Commuter rail station reopens after device draws police in Haverhill

Transit Police say the device was found near a commuter rail station poses no threat to the public.

Lawrence man arrested in probe of threat against Obama

The man is in custody on multiple gun charges stemming from an investigation into an alleged threat against the president, officials said.

State Police beefing up patrols on Mass. Pike

State Police will have extra patrols this weekend as part of a nationwide effort to enforce traffic laws and minimize accidents.

Evan Horowitz

It’s August. Why are Mass. legislators done for the year?

Yes, it’s an election year. But that’s not the only reason our legislative session ends this week.

Flash flood warnings in effect west of Boston

A flash flood warning is in effect for areas west of Boston this afternoon, as thunderstorms bring heavy rain.

Police investigate two fatal stabbings in Boston

A homeless man was found dead in South Boston and, separately, a man was found fatally stabbed in Dorchester.

Abigail Hernandez visits hometown N.H. newspaper

Hernandez thanked the community for its help in searching for her during the nine months she was missing.

Liquor license, opioid bills pass Mass. Legislature

The bills were part of a flurry to finish major legislation on the final night of formal sessions.

Bill seals police reports in domestic violence cases

The little-noticed measure that protects the identity of alleged domestic abusers and their victims was passed early Friday.

For Red Sox fans around Fenway, trades sad but not surprising

Resigned optimism hung over Yawkey Way.

Vandalized Quincy church picks up the pieces

“This was deliberate and malicious,” a reverend at the church said in describing the damage.

In R.I., Clay Pell gives details of his assets

Disclosure forms offer details about the wealth of the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful.

Flight from Sudan ends joyfully in N.H.

The woman refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned.

Mary Moon Wilson, 91; Boston group home pioneer

Mrs. Wilson opened a home in Dorchester in the early 1970s for mentally challenged adults, making her a pioneer.

Boston

Police officer’s gun goes off in struggle with suspect

A Boston man is being held on $50,000 cash bail after an early morning scuffle with a police officer caused the officer’s gun to fire, authorities said Thursday.A Boston man is being held on $50,000 cash bail after an early morning scuffle with a police officer caused the officer’s gun to fire, authorities said Thursday.

Yankees-Red Sox series thumbnails

A brief look at the Red Sox upcoming series

Boston

Calif. man arrested in assault, robbery

A California man was arrested in the Southwest Corridor area of Boston Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting and robbing an elderly woman, police said.

Boston

Ex-substitute teacher, camp counselor sentenced for child pornography

An East Sandwich man who worked as a substitute teacher, camp counselor, and overnight babysitter was sentenced Thursday for possessing and distributing child pornography, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office.

Boston

Jurors remain deadlocked in Zolot drug case

Dr. Joseph P. Zolot, 64, and nurse practitioner Lisa M. Pliner, 54, face eight charges related to the distribution of methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl that prosecutors say led to the deaths of six patients in the mid-2000s.

Laconia, N.H.

Social media helps find 11-year-old boy

Police in Laconia, N.H., said an 11-year-old boy has been found hours after he was reported missing, at a friend’s house.

Providence

Foundation seeks composers for fellowships

The Rhode Island Foundation is awarding three fellowships to composers this year with the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund.

Barre, Vt.

Police officer sued by former school chief

A former school superintendent is suing the Vermont State Police officer who investigated allegations that she failed to report inappropriate touching of a student by a teacher in Danville.

Boston

Dudley Square building to be renamed for Bruce Bolling

The Ferdinand Building, a prominent building in Dudley Square, will be renamed after Bruce Bolling, a significant Boston politician who was pivotal in the city’s economic development, officials said.The Ferdinand Building, a prominent building in Dudley Square, will be renamed after Bruce Bolling, a significant Boston politician who was pivotal in the city’s economic development, officials said.

Boston

Bulger attorneys plan to file appeal

Attorneys for notorious Boston gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger say they will file their appeal of his convictions in the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Aug. 14.Attorneys for notorious Boston gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger say they will file their appeal of his convictions in the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Aug. 14.

Boston

Shooting leaves man critically wounded, police say

A man was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night in South Boston, police said.A man was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night in South Boston, police said.

New London, Conn.

Police chief takes city's mayor to court

New London’s police chief is asking a judge to issue an injunction against the mayor, alleging that he has usurped her authority.

Wilton, Maine

Festival to feature inflatable human organs

One of the main attractions at this year’s Wilton Blueberry Festival is not a fruit — it is a set of giant inflatable human organs for people to walk through.

Burlington, Vt.

Hospitalized infant dies, autopsy planned

Police in Burlington, Vt., said an infant who was hospitalized last week in a coma has died.

bad week - John Kerry

bad week - John Kerry

Immigration activists call for changes to proposed Boston ordinance

The proposal does not offer enough protections for detainees, the activists said.

Boston police officer’s gun goes off in struggle with drug suspect

No one was hit by the bullet, a police spokesman said.

Political intelligence

Patrick’s legacy on the bench

Perhaps more durable than anything on his résumé is the imprimatur that Deval Patrick has left on the state’s judicial system.

Campaign finance, housing bills sent to Patrick

State legislators continue their work on other measures before the end of formal legislative sessions.

Dudley Square building to be named in honor Bruce Bolling, first black president of City Council

The Dudley Square site will become the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, in honor of the City Council’s first black president.

Bulger attorneys plan to file appeal paperwork

Lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger said they will file their appeal on Aug. 14.

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Two Boston men accused of kidnapping, human trafficking

The men allegedly kidnapped a woman and forced her to engage in prostitution in multiple Massachusetts communities.

Inspector rips former Westfield State chief

A scathing report by the state inspector general said Evan Dobelle “violated the public trust” with spending on dubious items.

Warren, Markey to help launch Revere tornado relief effort

The state’s two US senators will join local officials to announce a relief fund for people affected by Monday’s tornado.

Colleagues had attended party before fatal Boston shooting

The Rev. Moses J. Taylor Sr. expressed compassion for the family of the accused shooter.

Suspects charged with selling club drug Molly

The two men allegedly sold the club drug outside an electronic music concert earlier this week.

Accused bank robber caught on 3d try

A man sought in multiple bank robberies Thursday was arrested in Wilmington, police said.

Juror blasts Walsh’s support of ex-probation chief

The juror called Mayor Walsh’s comments defending political patronage on Beacon Hill “reckless.”

Bicyclist, 21, killed in West Barnstable

A 21-year-old bicyclist visiting from Kazakhstan died after being struck by a car on Route 132 Wednesday.

Bills to watch in the Mass. State House

As the state legislature wraps up its session today, several major proposals remain on the agenda.

Woman charged in theft of Revere firefighter’s wallet

The woman allegedly stole a firefighter’s wallet from his station while he was out battling a blaze in the town.

Man shot, critically wounded in South Boston, police say

The man was rushed to Boston Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening wounds.

Sunny Thursday, with chance of storms west of Boston

A rainy pattern will carry through the weekend and the beginning of next week, the National Weather Service said.

Immigration issues may get shelved

Massachusetts lawmakers appear increasingly unlikely to act on other immigration measures before they depart Beacon Hill this week.

MBTA reports on rise for aggravated assaults

Apple-picking has started to become a fruitless pursuit for thieves on the T — leading to fewer thefts on the region’s transit system.

Lawmakers agree on deal to tighten Mass. gun laws

The gun bill, domestic violence legislation, and a sales tax holiday are headed for votes on the final day of the session.

Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman step up dispute

Sniping between the gubernatorial candidates – and the PAC that backs Grossman – has intensified.

Harvard health aide killed in visit to Haiti

A Harvard University health worker was killed last week as she was just starting a visit to her native Haiti, friends and colleagues said.

Yvonne Abraham

Marty Walsh misses the point in probation case

The mayor showed a gobsmacking display of cluelessness in commenting on the trial.

Whitey movie eerie experience for ‘Black Mass’ coauthor

The authenticity of the adaptation, which wraps filming in Boston Friday, is evident in moments big and small for Dick Lehr.

Revere residents voice concerns over tornado aftermath

At a meeting, residents said they’re worried about recovery costs, security, debris disposal, and insurance claims.

Letting loose in the city gives ‘Opera Guy’ stability

For Wesley Thomas, Boston’s self-proclaimed “Opera Guy,’’ singing for tourists doubles as therapy.

Protesters voice unease over pipeline

The possibility that a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline could soon cut through her property, over nearby aquifers and other water sources, has sparked such fear in Lindsey Sundberg that the 29-year-old from Ashburnham joined more than a hundred others who came to Boston Common Wednesday from communities across the state to protest the project.

Landlord is ordered to appear before City Council

The controversial Boston landlord Anwar N. Faisal must appear at a City Council committee hearing next month or face possible arrest.

Sam Koch, 59; reinvigorated UMass soccer program

Mr. Koch, of Hadley, was a four-time Atlantic-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

Father relieved arrest is made in his son’s death

The Rev. Moses Taylor of Dorchester welcomed the arrest but bemoaned “this problem of senseless violence.”

Kennebunk, Maine

Maine officer stops man for speeding, then saves his life

Getting pulled over for speeding may have been the luckiest thing that happened to an elderly man in Maine.

Ocean safari for white sharks off Cape Cod

Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals, and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari.

Haverhill

Two men arrested after stabbing in Haverhill

Two people were arrested by State Police in Haverhill Tuesday in connection with a stabbing, authorities said.Two people were arrested by State Police in Haverhill Tuesday in connection with a stabbing, authorities said.

Maine investigator says Birdsacre fire was arson

The district attorney is reviewing the results of a state fire marshal investigation into an arson fire last March at Birdsacre, a nonprofit bird sanctuary in Ellsworth.

Augusta, Maine

Maine exhibit to honor Amelia Earhart’s visit

A group representing women pilots is planning to mark the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s visit to Maine.

Walpole

Two injured in truck crash on Route 109

A concrete truck and a Ryder rental truck collided on Route 109 in Walpole on Wednesday, blocking the roadway and causing cement to spill, Dover police said.A concrete truck and a Ryder rental truck collided on Route 109 in Walpole on Wednesday, blocking the roadway and causing cement to spill, Dover police said.

Worcester

Elderly man who died in wheelchair accident is identified

A Millbury man who died early Tuesday after his wheelchair flipped over inside a van has been identified, according to police.

$39m in unexpected revenue at end of fiscal year

Governor Paul LePage’s administration said Maine ended the fiscal year on June 30 with better-than-expected revenues of $39 million.

Father has mixed emotions about the capture of his son’s alleged killer

Since his 23-year-old son Daniel P. Taylor was shot and killed in Dorchester last February, the Rev. Moses J. Taylor had become used to phone conversations with the detectives assigned to the case.

Searches continue at home of Abigail Hernandez’s alleged kidnapper

Investigators said they expect to remain on the property of Nathaniel Kibby through the end of the week.

President Obama, Hillary Clinton to be on Martha’s Vineyard at same time

President Obama will be on the island for about two weeks in mid-August, and Clinton will be there for a book signing Aug. 13.

Coast Guard investigating whale-watch boat stranding

The Coast Guard has begun an probe into the incident, which left passengers stranded on the vessel overnight.

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