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Jul 27, 2015

U.S. drops Boston’s embattled bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event.

The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought the idea of hosting the Summer Games, forecast to cost more than $8.6 billion, from the moment the USOC in January picked Boston over other major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco.

Jul 27, 2015

U.S. drops bid for 2024 Olympics in Boston – committee

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday nixed Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, just hours after Mayor Martin Walsh said he would not “commit” to a deal if it left city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such the large-scale event.

“We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, in a statement.

Jul 27, 2015

Boston to drop bid to host 2024 Olympic Games -local media

BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Boston will back out of its effort to host the 2024 Olympic Games, local media reported on Monday, hours after the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event.

The idea of hosting the games in the city has been controversial, with opinion polls showing many residents of Boston and its surrounding communities fear the event would take a heavy toll on local budgets.

Jul 27, 2015

Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger was denied right to testify – lawyer

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss
James “Whitey” Bulger from claiming a U.S. prosecutor had given
him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by effectively
preventing him from testifying during his 2013 racketeering
trial, Bulger’s lawyer said on Monday.

The lawyer, Hank Brennan, went before a three-judge panel of
the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the
conviction of Bulger, 85, on charges including committing or
ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jul 27, 2015

Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s lawyers set to appeal conviction

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes.

Bulger, 85, was found guilty of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s in a trial that shone a light on his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston, who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster’s crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American Mafia.

Jul 24, 2015

Massachusetts testing program to clear way for deaf jurors

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts is testing a program that would enable profoundly deaf people to serve on juries in state courts with the help of sign-language interpreters, in an effort described by advocates for the deaf as the most extensive in the United States.

The program, which has so far been tested in eight of the state’s 14 counties, aims to provide deaf Massachusetts residents summoned to jury duty with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters from the moment they arrive at a courthouse, through jury selection and trial, officials said on Friday.

Jul 24, 2015
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Pope Francis’ approval rating dips in U.S. ahead of September visit: poll


(Pope Francis gestures as he speaks during the “Modern Slavery and Climate Change” conference at the Vatican July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis’ approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.

Jul 23, 2015

Boston Olympics backers say $2 billion insurance plan would protect taxpayers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday said they would carry some $2.3 billion in insurance for event, an effort to assuage worries that city taxpayers could be left footing the bill.

The Boston 2024 bid committee said it would line up a series of insurance policies that would cover the costs ranging from a terror attack, the injury of spectators or the outright cancellation of the Summer Games, if Boston’s bid was approved by the International Olympic Committee.

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.

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