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Oct 6, 2014

Friend of accused Boston bomber was too stoned to lie, lawyer says

BOSTON (Reuters) – A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could not have lied to the FBI about visiting the man’s dorm room and removing a backpack because he was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember what he did that day, his defense attorney said on Monday.

Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, after the FBI released images of the Tsarnaev brothers, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells.

Oct 6, 2014

Friend of accused Boston bomber lied about dorm visit: prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) – A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect lied to the FBI about visiting the suspect’s dorm room house before the accused bomber and his brother engaged in a gun battle with police, a U.S. prosecutors told a court on Monday.

Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, after the FBI released images of the Tsarnaev brothers, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells.

Oct 6, 2014
Oct 6, 2014
Oct 6, 2014
Oct 6, 2014

In U.S. Senate battles, Democrats see votes in women’s health

By Scott Malone and Colleen Jenkins

MANCHESTER N.H./WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen walked into a roomful of largely Democratic New Hampshire women voters with a simple pitch: She would be more focused on their issues than her challenger, Scott Brown, the former Republican U.S. senator for Massachusetts.

“We need to make sure that women and families understand what the choice here is because this is a close race,” Shaheen told supporters after collecting the endorsement of the state chapter of abortion rights activist group NARAL.

Oct 4, 2014
Oct 4, 2014
Oct 4, 2014

Boston’s storied horse track, and a way of life, enter final stretch

BOSTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Since high school, Lorita Lindemann has lived to the rhythm of horse racing – rising before dawn to tend her thoroughbred charges, cheering as they thunder down the track and working into the night to prepare them to compete again.

As Boston’s 79-year-old Suffolk Downs prepares to close on Saturday, a victim of declining attendance and online gambling, Lindemann and hundreds of trainers, grooms and jockeys face losing not just their jobs but also a way of life.

Oct 3, 2014

U.S., allies face ‘long fight’ against Islamic State, Biden says

By Scott Malone

CAMBRIDGE Mass. (Reuters) – The battle to stop Islamic State militants’ advance in Syria and Iraq is going to be a “hell of a long fight” for the United States and its coalition partners, Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.

But Biden defended the U.S. decision to wait until last month to begin airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, which has already endured a bloody civil war that has killed 190,000 people.

    • About Scott

      "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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