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Mar 7, 2014

Massachusetts bans ‘upskirt’ photos, closes Peeping Tom loophole

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Friday banned people from secretly taking pictures or video under another person’s clothing, two days after the state’s top court pointed out that so-called ‘upskirting’ was allowed under existing laws.

The state legislature had hastily drafted the bill making the practice a crime punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in jail, and Governor Deval Patrick signed it into law on Friday morning, his office said in a press release.

Feb 26, 2014

Cape Wind says secures $600 mln in financing from Danish agency

BOSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Cape Wind said on Wednesday it
has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5
billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast, and expects
to have the rest locked up by the end of the third quarter.

Danish state-owned export credit agency EKF approved the
loan pending due diligence, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said
at a power industry conference in Boston. EKF is the project’s
biggest financial commitment to date.

Jan 31, 2014

Massachusetts licenses its first medical marijuana dispensaries

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts has licensed 20 dispensaries to start growing and selling marijuana for medical use, the Department of Health said on Friday in the latest U.S. step to boost access to the widely outlawed drug.

Massachusetts is among 20 states in the country that have passed laws allowing people to use marijuana as a medical treatment. Most of those states, like Massachusetts, are still setting up distribution networks.

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. to seek death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, the U.S. government’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that he was authorizing trial prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who is charged with committing one of the largest attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

Jan 29, 2014

Death penalty decision looms for Boston bomb suspect

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will decide this week whether to seek the death penalty for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of setting off two pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he would announce his decision before a Friday deadline set by a U.S. District Court Judge in Boston.

Jan 29, 2014

Massachusetts uses largest ‘social impact bond’ to tackle crime

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts said on Wednesday it will fight youth crime in the state by using the nation’s largest “social impact bond” – an alternative way to fund government programs that taps private investors like banks.

The $18 million bond is backed by Goldman Sachs, The Kresge Foundation and others. It comes as several U.S. states and cities explore using the funding tool, pioneered in the United Kingdom in 2010 and designed to eliminate wasteful public spending during a time of tight government budgets.

Jan 21, 2014

Trump says weighing run for America’s top job, Christie hurt

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, adding that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s prospects for a White House run have dimmed since a scandal erupted.

A run for the presidency “is something I would certainly look at,” Trump told Reuters. “You know why? I’m unhappy with the way things are going in America.”

Jan 21, 2014

Donald Trump says eyeing America’s top job, again

BOSTON (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Trump had toyed with the idea of running for the 2012 Republican nomination but pulled out months before the primary, saying he was not ready to leave the private sector.

Jan 21, 2014

Trump says eyeing America’s top job, again

BOSTON (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Trump had toyed with the idea of running for the 2012 Republican nomination but pulled out months before the primary, saying he was not ready to leave the private sector.

Jan 17, 2014

U.S. court upholds prisoner’s right to taxpayer-funded sex change

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder should be provided a sex-change operation paid for by the state’s prison system, according to a federal appeals court decision issued on Friday.

The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, in a ruling by a panel of three judges, said it agreed with a lower court ruling from 2012 that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections was obligated to provide the surgery as treatment for the inmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder.

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