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Jun 5, 2015

Maine city’s police turn to Somali immigrants as diversity grows

LEWISTON, Maine (Reuters) – From the Mogadishu market to the women in brightly colored veils walking their children to school, Maine’s second-largest city shows the signs of the growing Somali-American community that is making its mark on the former New England mill town.

One place in Lewiston where that growing diversity is not evident is the city’s 82-member police force, but Chief Michael Bussiere aims to change that amid an intense national debate over race and policing.

Jun 5, 2015

Two friends of Boston bomber to be sentenced for hampering probe

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two friends of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will learn on Friday how long they will spend in prison for having removed a backpack containing fireworks from the suspect’s room during a massive manhunt.

Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, joined a third friend and fellow student in going to Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the April 2013 bombing, after the FBI released images of Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, identifying them as suspects.

Jun 4, 2015

Boston man slain by police showed no signs of radicalization: family

BOSTON (Reuters) – The family of a Boston man shot and killed by police after officers attempted to question him in connection with a terrorism investigation said on Thursday they had seen no sign that Usamaah Abdullah Rahim had developed radical views.

Speaking to reporters near the parking lot where Rahim was shot by law enforcement officers who say he confronted them with a large knife, Rahim’s family disputed the claim that he had been a follower of Islamic State militants.

Jun 3, 2015

Man in Boston terrorism probe faces charges, report alleges beheading plan

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man detained under a terrorism probe faces charges in federal court on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said, as local media reported the man and an associate who police shot dead on Tuesday had planned to try to behead a police officer.

Police arrested the man, named as David Wright by a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, in Everett, outside Boston. He is due to face charges at 3:30 p.m., officials said.

Jun 2, 2015

Friend of Boston bomber to be sentenced for obstructing investigation

BOSTON (Reuters) – A friend of the Boston Marathon bomber who admitted to obstructing the investigation into the deadly 2013 blast, one of the highest-visibility attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan national Dias Kadyrbayev was one of three friends to face federal charges for removing a backpack containing fireworks from bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college dorm hours after the FBI released photos of the suspect and his older brother.

May 29, 2015

Massachusetts judge orders end to decade-long vigil at Catholic church

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered parishioners of a Roman Catholic church who have occupied the building for more than a decade while the archdiocese attempted to close it to end their vigil by next week.

Parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church in Scituate, Massachusetts, south of Boston, have maintained a 24-hour vigil at the church since the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004 identified it as one of 70 parishes to close in a restructuring.

May 28, 2015

Boston bomber to face victims when death sentence handed down in June

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev late next month will confront people who lost limbs and loved ones in the deadly 2013 attack when he is scheduled to be formally sentenced to death for his crimes, a judge said on Thursday.

The same federal jury that found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, last month voted to sentence him to death. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole will formally hand down the sentence on June 24.

May 27, 2015

U.S. seeks seven years in prison for friend of Boston bomber

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to sentence a friend of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to seven years in prison for obstructing the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack.

Kazakhstan national Dias Kadyrbayev is one of three friends of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev due to be sentenced next week for interfering with the investigation into the bombing that killed three people and injured 264.

May 21, 2015

Ex-NFL star Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation charge

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted murderer and former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he shot a man prosecutors believe witnessed a 2012 double homicide of which Hernandez is also accused.

Hernandez, 25, was sentenced last month to life in prison for the June 2013 murder of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts, industrial park not far from the former New England Patriots tight end’s home.

May 19, 2015

Pharmacy in 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak to pay victims $200 million

BOSTON (Reuters) – The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million to its victims and creditors under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Tuesday.

The New England Compounding Center also sickened about 750 people across the United States three years ago by shipping steroids typically used to treat back pain despite being aware that the drugs were contaminated with fungal meningitis, according to federal prosecutors.

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