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Oct 14, 2015

Kerry to visit Mideast in bid to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he plans to travel to the Middle East to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis and move the situation “away from this precipice.”

The trip would mark Kerry’s most direct efforts to broker peace between the two sides since talks led by the United States failed last year. Israel and the Palestinian territories are experiencing their worst unrest in years.

Oct 13, 2015

Kerry seeks to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions, to travel soon

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he was working on calming violence between Palestinians and Israelis, and will travel to the region soon to try to move the situation “away from this precipice.”

“I will go there soon, at some point appropriately, and try to work to reengage and see if we can’t move that away from this precipice,” Kerry told an audience at an event sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Oct 13, 2015

Ex-Anglo Irish Bank CEO held in Boston pending bail hearing

BOSTON (Reuters) – The former head of Anglo Irish Bank must
remain in custody ahead of a bail hearing while a U.S. court
decides whether to send him back to Ireland to face 33 criminal
counts related to his role in the bank’s collapse, a U.S. judge
ruled on Tuesday.

The executive, David Drumm, was arrested on Saturday in the
tony Boston suburb of Wellesley, where he had been living since
the bank was nationalized in early 2009.

Oct 13, 2015

Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO to face extradition hearing in Boston

BOSTON (Reuters) – The former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank is due in federal court in Boston on Tuesday for a hearing on whether he will be sent back to Ireland to face 33 criminal counts related to his role in the collapse of that bank.

The executive, David Drumm, was arrested on Saturday in the tony Boston suburb of Wellesley, where he had been living since the bank was nationalized in early 2009, and has been in custody since awaiting Tuesday’s hearing.

Oct 2, 2015

Massachusetts priest who admitted child rape to be released from prison

BOSTON (Reuters) – A former Massachusetts priest who figured prominently in the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal and pleaded guilty in 2002 to raping a child will be released from prison after prosecutors dropped their effort on Friday to send him to a state facility for sexual predators.

Ronald Paquin, who was defrocked in 2004, was one of the first arrested amid revelations that members of the Catholic clergy had sexually assaulted children and that bishops had covered it up.

Oct 1, 2015

Clinton says to boost city, state funds for addiction treatment

BOSTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Democratic White House
front-runner Hillary Clinton laid out her $10 billion plan on
Thursday to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United
States by boosting spending on treatment for addicts.

The plan, unveiled early last month, focuses on treating
addiction, including $7.5 billion to support state and city
treatment programs, emphasizing treatment over prosecution for
low-level drug offenses and equipping all first responders with
the drug naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses.

Oct 1, 2015

Clinton to promote plan to combat addiction with spending on treatment

BOSTON (Reuters) – Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton heads to Boston on Thursday to discuss her $10 billion plan to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United States, a problem she has brought up repeatedly on the campaign trail.

The plan, unveiled early last month, focuses on treating addiction, including $7.5 billion to support state treatment programs, emphasizing treatment over prosecution for low-level drug offenses and equipping all first responders with the drug naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses.

Sep 30, 2015

New cache of interviews offers view into Edward Kennedy’s long career

BOSTON (Reuters) – Senator Edward Kennedy voiced frustration with President Bill Clinton’s failed effort to reform the U.S. healthcare system in the 1990s and said in interviews released on Wednesday his views on immigration were shaped by stories his grandfather told.

Kennedy, a prominent Democrat known as a “liberal lion” during a half-century in office, sat for 19 interviews with oral historians from 2005 through 2008, discussing everything from his early political career to his role in passing major U.S. civil rights legislation. He died in office in 2009.

Sep 29, 2015

Brown is latest U.S. university to revoke honorary Cosby degree

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – Brown University has revoked the honorary doctorate it awarded to Bill Cosby as the comedian and actor faces allegations that he sexually assaulted more than 40 women, the Ivy League school said on Tuesday.

Brown becomes the third U.S. university in the past week to revoke honorary degrees to Cosby, best known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which was wildly popular in the 1980s.

Sep 28, 2015

Pope wades into U.S. gay marriage debate after historic visit

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis waited until his historic U.S. visit was over to make his most direct comments on the nation’s debate over gay marriage, saying government officials should have the right to refrain from actions that violate their religious beliefs.

That statement came in response to a reporter’s question on the papal plane about Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed earlier this month for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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