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Berne, N.Y.

Mass. man’s son, 5, abducted in possible custody dispute

An Amber Alert has been issued in New York after a boy was abducted by two men wearing black ski masks.

Woman badly injured in Fenway files suit

The 22-year-old continues to recuperate from her injuries, including traumatic brain injury, facial and spinal fractures, and lung contusions.

Specialist believes kidnapped N.H. teen can heal, move on

A trauma expert said there is every reason to believe that the teen who was sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.

‘For sale’ sign outside UMass Amherst Holocaust institute sparks unease

The sign abruptly appeared on the front lawn this fall, even as the institute continued to host events.

Orange

Missing woman’s body found in river

Emergency crews in Massachusetts have found the body of a 52-year-old woman who had been missing since Tuesday.

Salem

Bank robber gets four years in prison

The Salem man committed three bank robberies near his apartment last spring, including one in which he dressed as a woman.

Windsor, Conn.

Teen charged with robbing 99-year-old woman

Police in Connecticut have arrested a 17-year-old who they say robbed the elderly woman while she was delivering cookies to a community center.

Glenburn, Maine

Woman killed by vehicle while getting mail

A Glenburn woman crossing the street to get her mail was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, State Police said.

Philanthropist Lee gives ICA $10 million gift of women’s art

The Institute of Contemporary Art received 43 works of art by big-name artists such as Cindy Sherman and Amy Sillman.

Authorities caution people against imposter ride-share drivers

The warnings come after a spate of recent attacks, including several women who said they were assaulted after ordering an Uber.

Greenland, N.H.

Worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

A fuel delivery worker sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him out, fire officials said.

Boston

Man sentenced for forcing teen into prostitution

Mark Pinnock has been sentenced to eight years in prison for forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

Mysterious Boston woman wields influence as Amazon’s top reviewer

Ali Julia has written more than 2,800 reviews, revealing much about her tastes. But she remains something of an enigma.

Adrian Walker

As he prepares to take his leave, Deval Patrick ponders his role as the state’s first black governor

Deval Patrick can pinpoint the precise moment when he realized that being a black governor would be different.

Study links autism to air pollution exposure in pregnancy

Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.

Mayor Walsh poised to set fund-raising record in his first year

He may be three years from an election, but the new mayor has vastly outraised any other elected official who lives in Boston.

Boston

First Night event to include 1,000 artists

First Night Boston, the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, will showcase over 1,000 artists in 200 performances throughout Boston Dec. 31.First Night Boston, the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, will showcase over 1,000 artists in 200 performances throughout Boston Dec. 31.

Augusta, Maine

Museum receptionist stopped child’s abduction, police say

AUGUSTA, MAINE (AP) — A man was arrested after a Maine State Museum employee thwarted his alleged attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building, police said.

Hartford

Three-wheeled vehicle is not a motorcycle, state agency says

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has rejected an attempt by Polaris to have its three-wheeled Slingshot classified as a motorcycle.

Tempers flare at Roxbury meeting on police violence

The session turned tense when the audience began shouting about the deaths of family members at the hands of Boston police.

Mom jailed in custody case

The woman is accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago.

State audit finds fault with some charter school data

Officials overstated the number of students on waiting lists and stumbled in other areas of oversight, the audit found.

Boston

Former Marine pleads guilty to falsifying service records

The Wakefield man admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits based on phony Vietnam War service records.

GLOBE SANTA

Mom asks holiday help for disabled son

Caring for a child with significant disabilities is challenging under any circumstances — doing it as a single parent without adequate housing raises that challenge to new heights. Yet that’s precisely the position a young mother from a town north of Boston finds herself in, having been on her own since shortly after the birth of her 5-year-old son.

First Night Boston releases detailed schedule

The city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration will showcase over 1,000 artists in 200 performances throughout Boston.

Couple arrested in Yarmouth on heroin charges

Police allegedly found about 13 grams of packaged heroin in their home.

Political Happy Hour: December 18, 2014

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Talks collapse between horsemen and Suffolk Downs owners

The sides were involved in negotiations for a deal that would have allowed racing to continue.

Police recover illegal gun in East Boston

Boston police officers recovered an illegal firearm from an ex-convict in East Boston Wednesday evening.

Photos

Scenes from the Tsarnaev hearing

Supporters of the accused Marathon bomber held signs outside court as victims of the attacks attended the hearing.

Obama calls into Patrick’s final monthly radio show

“Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller said in his unmistakable, halting cadence.

Father, son rescue 2 men from burning car in Lowell

After witnessing a fiery crash, the pair jumped out of their truck and pulled two men from the wreckage.

Rappaport Center for law moves to Boston College

An acclaimed law and public policy center formerly associated with Suffolk University is relocating to the Boston College Law School.

Co-owner of pharmacy in deadly outbreak pleads not guilty

Barry Cadden faces a racketeering charge that includes allegations that he and another official murdered 25 people.

Ringling Bros. contests OSHA citation for hair-hanging accident

The Providence accident sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground, severely injuring most of them.

Snow showers will move in over the weekend

A few isolated showers should leave the region by late Thursday morning.

Tractor-trailer crash in Westford causing traffic delays

A Market Basket truck crashed and rolled onto its side early this morning on Route 3.

Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Marathon bomber facing a trial that could lead to his execution, looked relaxed in court.

yvonne abraham

A school’s pride, punishment

This is what great educators want, what we all want: Kids who feel passionately about what is wrong with the world.

Boston

Boston lawyer named to federal judgeship

The US Senate confirmed a local lawyer’s nomination to a federal judgeship in Boston.

West Springfield

Driver faces charge in school crossing guard death

A driver who allegedly struck and killed a West Springfield school crossing guard on Monday will be charged.

Charges in pharmacy case indicate US sees crime ring

Federal prosecutors will have to show a pattern of crimes and an intent to commit crimes to prove their case, analysts said.

KEVIN CULLEN

Cambridge group does important work in divided societies

Beyond Conflict has been preparing anti-Castro Cuban-Americans in Miami for the inevitable.

Globe Santa

Teenager seeks help for two siblings

Globe Santa receives scores of letters from older brothers and sisters each year asking him to help their younger siblings.

Lawyer for Blackstone mother casts doubt on murder indictment

The lawyer said the murder charges are “extremely speculative” and that the mother plans to plea not guilty at her arraignment.

Boston

Man sentenced to life in prison for fatal beating of neighbor

A Boston man was sentenced to life without parole on Monday for beating his 50-year-old neighbor to death with a baseball bat.

Boston

SJC upholds 2009 murder conviction

The state’s highest court affirmed the convictions of a 35-year-old man on Monday.

BURLINGTON, VT.

Arsonist in fatal fire gets sentence cut

A judge has reduced the sentence of a Vermont man convicted of setting a fire that killed four people in 1999.

BRIDGEPORT, CONN.

Former officer charged with DUI three times in 11 hours

A former Bridgeport police officer who appeared in court Monday on a drunken driving charge was arrested three more times during the next 11 hours.

MILTON, VT.

Two former students plead guilty in football hazing

Two former high school football players in Vermont involved in a hazing scandal have pleaded guilty to simple assault on a younger teammate.

Hartford

R.I. woman indicted on charges involving sex trafficking of children

A 25-year-old Providence woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury and taken into custody.

Wayland

Fired employee sought in gas station robbery

WAYLAND — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station Tuesday after being fired from the station last week, officials said.WAYLAND — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station Tuesday after being fired from the station last week, officials said.

WOONSOCKET, R.I.

Father is told to stop selling Christmas trees

A Woonsocket man has been ordered to stop selling Christmas trees from his yard after neighbors complained to City Hall.

Victims of meningitis outbreak welcome criminal charges

“They deliberately sold a product that was tainted,” said a family member of a victim who died.

Uber driver is accused in rape, kidnapping of customer

This is the fourth time a customer reported being assaulted or inappropriately touched by a ride-share driver in the area this month.

Quick facts on the New Hampshire abduction case

Family members described the missing girl’s return last summer after such a long absence as “miraculous.”

Political Happy Hour: December 17, 2014

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WESTERLY, R.I.

Video helps police recover stolen wreath

A woman has been arrested after Westerly police said home-surveillance video caught her stealing a wreath from a front porch.

Stranding season nears end for small sea turtles

Before Thanksgiving, the Audubon society was collecting more than 100 turtles that had washed ashore on some days.

Evan Horowitz

What’s included in the US-Cuba deal?

While President Obama has some leeway in how he implements the embargo on Cuban goods, repealing it requires the cooperation of Congress.

Local Cubans express hope for island nation

The news of thawed diplomatic relations brought optimistic and skeptical words from local Cuban-Americans.

Marshfield unplugs DPW’s bid to spread Christmas cheer

The Department of Public Works in Marshfield was told it could not display a sign wishing the town a “Merry Christmas.”

Fired employee sought in Wayland gas station robbery

Police are searching for a man accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station after being fired from the station last week.

Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting the girl repeatedly in indictments that recount a horrific ordeal for the teen.

List of those indicted in NECC case

To federal prosecutors, the New England Compounding Center operated not like a health care company, but like a criminal enterprise.

Man dies in daylight shooting on Roxbury street

Three people are being held in the shooting in which a 20-year-old man died, police said.

Robert Caret leaving as president of UMass

Caret will become the next chancellor of the University of Maryland system, officials said.

Council reduces inmate’s sentence

Deanne Hamilton, 49, is the first person in Massachusetts to have a sentence commuted in 17 years.

Pharmacy allegedly used fake names for bulk production

A Framingham pharmacy is accused of creating fraudulent prescriptions for Wonder Woman and “Chester Cheeto,” among others.

Ex-investigator for RMV indicted on theft, extortion charges

The 47-year-old man allegedly stole more than $30,000 from inspection station owners through extortion and larceny schemes.

Chelmsford man denied bail in attempted assault on wife

Andrew Gordon, 51, allegedly attempted to pay an undercover state trooper $20,000 to assault his wife.

Gary Lee Sampson in court for 1st time in decade

Sampson, who carjacked and killed two Mass. men during a crime spree in 2001, faces a sentencing retrial in February.

More dank days, then sunshine for weekend

Rain and overcast skies can be expected for the next two days before sunshine returns in time for the weekend.

14 executives, staff charged in tainted drug case

The shuttered New England Compounding Center has been blamed for drugs that killed dozens in a 2012 meningitis outbreak.

Cofounders of pharmacy blamed in deadly outbreak arrested

Twelve other former workers of a compounding pharmacy tied to a 2012 meningitis outbreak were also arrested.

Bristol District Attorney Sutter elected mayor of Fall River

C. Samuel Sutter’s win sets the stage for his possible departure as top prosecutor before the Aaron Hernandez trial next month.

Mass. shortfall is closer to $750m, tax group warns

Advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum said the estimate was potentially in range.

Thomas Farragher

Remembering two parents, and what they left behind

The passing of a father, and then a mother, is cause for memories and appreciation.

Globe Santa

Young mother stays strong for challenges ahead

Every request sent to Globe Santa is sent for the same reason: Mothers and fathers want their children to be happy on Christmas.

13 puppies snatched from Manchester pet store

Police in New Hampshire said they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a NH pet store.