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Jun 28, 2013

Line between ‘cops and robbers’ blurs in Bulger trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Some of accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s closest allies should have been his biggest enemies – the FBI agents who cooked him dinner and tipped him off about investigations into his Winter Hill crime gang in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jurors in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial will get a second day of testimony on Friday from former FBI supervisor John Morris, who has described a cozy relationship among he, another corrupt agent and the gangsters they were meant to be keeping off the streets.

Jun 27, 2013

Second man held in murder case against ex-NFL player Hernandez

BOSTON (Reuters) – A murder investigation into former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez broadened on Thursday with the arrest of a second man and authorities were also looking into the possible involvement of the onetime star tight end in a double homicide last year.

Boston police were investigating links between Hernandez and an unsolved shooting in July 2012, the Boston Globe reported, citing two unidentified law enforcement sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Rising NFL star Hernandez arrested by police then cut by New England

BOSTON (Reuters) – Aaron Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League’s tightly protected image.

Wearing a white T-shirt and orange shorts, Hernandez was escorted out of his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts and placed in the back of a police cruiser, according to video aired by WBZ, a CBS affiliate.

Jun 26, 2013

New England Patriots player Hernandez arrested

BOSTON, June 26 (Reuters) – New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday after he was questioned in connection with a shooting death near his Massachusetts home.

The New England Patriots meantime said it has released the star tight end from the team following his arrest.

Jun 25, 2013

Boston dismantles bomb memorial in bid to “look to the future”

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston city workers and volunteers on Tuesday disassembled a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in a move the mayor said he hoped would help the city “look to the future.”

Crews arrived in Copley Square, near the marathon’s finish line, shortly after dawn to remove teddy bears, crosses, flowers and photographs placed there since twin bombs killed three people and injured 264 others on race day, April 15.

Jun 24, 2013

FBI’s ‘dark side’ to go on display at ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the murder and racketeering trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will hear on Monday from a former FBI supervisor who admitted he and another agent used to swap secrets with the notorious Winter Hill Gang.

John Morris, who supervised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s local organized crime squad during the Winter Hill’s bloody rampage in Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, helped its members elude arrest and silence so-called rats, threatening to implicate them in crimes.

Jun 23, 2013

Police in murder probe study items seized from NFL player’s home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Police sorted through bags of items retrieved from the home of New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez on Sunday amid a deepening investigation into last week’s shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

Hernandez, 23, a tight end and rising star in the National Football League, is at the center of an investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits.

Jun 21, 2013

Bulger trial witness recalls brush with death

BOSTON (Reuters) – A former professional gambler told jurors on Friday how he survived a gunfire attack that decapitated a passenger in his car, as prosecutors sought to pin the murder of 19 victims on reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, faces a life sentence for the murders in a sensational trial that has riveted Boston and attracted large crowds, including Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall on Friday.

Jun 21, 2013

Witness recalls escape from death in Bulger trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – (Attention, graphic material) Frank Capizzi was on his way to see his mother in Boston’s North End when a torrent of gunfire struck the car he was in, riddling him with lead and decapitating one of his friends.

“I was hit in the head and could feel warm blood running down my neck,” the 78-year-old testified on Friday. He said he reached for a fellow passenger “and my hand went into his neck where his head should have been.”

Jun 20, 2013

Man sues NFL player for allegedly shooting him in the eye

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Connecticut man has sued New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face after the two left a strip club in Miami in February, the plaintiff’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

Hernandez, who plays tight end for the National Football League team, is also being questioned by police in Massachusetts in a separate case after a body was discovered near his home in North Attleborough, according to local media.

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