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Jul 22, 2015

Parishioners in Massachusetts vigil trespassing, church lawyer argues

BOSTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for the Archdiocese of Boston on Wednesday asked a state appeals court to find that parishioners who have staged a decade-long vigil intended to stop the closure of their church were trespassing and could be ordered out.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is the last of a half-dozen Boston-area Roman Catholic churches that parishioners have occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since 2004 when the archdiocese listed it among some 70 parishes to be closed in a restructuring.

Jun 30, 2015

Former Afghan soldier who fled U.S. training granted asylum: lawyer

BOSTON (Reuters) – A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Major Jan Mohammad Arash was one of three Afghan soldiers who turned themselves in at a Canadian border crossing in New York state in September after disappearing from an exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, provoking a search by military officials and state police.

Jun 30, 2015

Maine inn’s essay contest did not violate law, state police say

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – A Maine innkeeper broke no laws when she offered to give away her historic hotel to the winner of an essay contest that charged a $125 entry fee, state police said on Tuesday following an investigation into the contest.

The owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant, located east of the White Mountains near the New Hampshire border, attracted national attention in March when she said she was retiring and planned to give away the property to the winner of an essay contest.

Jun 29, 2015

Backers of Boston Olympics forecast operating surplus

BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games unveiled a revised plan for the Games on Monday that they said would run a $210 million operating surplus, addressing concerns the event would leave city taxpayers on the hook.

The forecast operating budget of $4.595 billion excludes hefty capital costs including an estimated $2.8 billion to build an Olympic Village for housing athletes and a $1.2 billion temporary stadium that would host the opening and closing ceremonies and then be disassembled and converted to parkland.

Jun 25, 2015

Boston bomber apologises, admits guilt for deadly 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologised for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing before a U.S. judge formally sentenced him to death for killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath.

The 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, who had not testified during his trial, referred to Allah and admitted that he and his now-dead older brother carried out one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil, in a courtroom packed with survivors of the April 15, 2013 bombing.

Jun 24, 2015

Many in Boston unmoved by marathon bomber’s apology

BOSTON (Reuters) – Before he was sentenced to death on Wednesday, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court for his role in the attack and its aftermath that claimed four lives and injured 264.

But few in Boston, from the survivors of the April 15, 2013 attack to the city’s streets, were impressed by the 21-year-old man’s words.

Jun 24, 2015

Victim’s mother calls Boston bomber ‘despicable’ at sentencing

BOSTON (Reuters) – The mother of one of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, speaking at the Wednesday hearing where a U.S. judge will formally sentence Dzokhar Tsarnaev to death, said the convicted bomber made “despicable” choices.

The same federal jury that earlier this year found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath voted in May to sentence him to death by lethal injection. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole on Wednesday will order the punishment.

Jun 24, 2015

Boston bomber to face victims as judge orders him sentenced to death

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday will face about 20 people who lost limbs or loved ones in the deadly 2013 attack as a federal judge sentences him to death for his crimes.

The same federal jury that earlier this year found Tsarnaev guilty of killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath voted in May to sentence him to death by lethal injection. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole will order the punishment on Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2015

Friend of Boston bombers to be sentenced for lying to investigators

BOSTON (Reuters) – A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the Boston Marathon bombers is due to be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison on Thursday for lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack.

Cab driver Khairullozhon Matanov is the fourth person connected to ethic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to face jail time for misleading investigators during the massive search for the men who killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs.

Jun 17, 2015

Massachusetts murderer’s lawyers seek move for death-penalty retrial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for a man who pleaded guilty to three murders after a Massachusetts carjacking more than a decade ago are due in court on Wednesday to ask that the trial to determine whether he is sentenced to death be moved out of state.

Gary Lee Sampson in 2003 was sentenced to death in federal court to murdering two men who had picked him up while he was hitchhiking and later killing a third man after he fled to New Hampshire. But his sentence was overturned in 2011 by a judge after it emerged one of the jurors had lied about prior dealings with law enforcement.

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