The presence of old bone fractures in a 1-year-old Cambridge girl who died last week, allegedly at the hands of her nanny, has raised disturbing questions about how long she may have been abused and whether she exhibited past signs of physical distress that were, in retrospect, missed cries for help.
Blood-stained baby wipes were discovered in 1-year-old Rehma Sabir’s bedroom and State Police also found a bloody pillow and blanket in the infant’s crib, according to court records obtained by the Globe today. Sabir died on Jan. 16, and Middlesex prosecutors have charged Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady of delivering fatal blows to the child on Jan. 14, the same day a concerned neighbor reported hearing the child crying for nearly 90 minutes before she slowly settled into silence.
Within 90 days of becoming Secretary of State, Senator John F. Kerry and his wife have agreed to divest nearly 100 separate investments in the United States and abroad -- ranging from oil companies to weapons makers and a Chinese food company -- in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, according to a copy of his so-called ethics agreement. “I am committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for government officials,” Kerry wrote in the agreement with the State Department’s ethics office. “...I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect on my financial interests or those of any person whose interests are imputed to me, unless I first obtain a written waiver.” The divestitures of Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry, the heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, include Cenovus Energy Inc., the Canadian company that would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline; Waltham-based Raytheon Co.; Exxon Mobil Corp.; drug maker Pfizer,; communications giant Qualcomm Inc. and AT&T; America Express; Microsoft; and number of private equity firms, and dozens of others.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to announce Thursday a lifting of the ban on women in combat roles, a watershed change that removes the remaining barrier to a fully inclusive military, defense officials said. Officials said the decision was influenced by women’s valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.