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Defense: Man accused terror plot was 'idiot,' not fighter

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:17 GMT2017-09-20T21:50:17Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller became consumed by Islamic State group propaganda because he was overweight, lonely and desperate for an escape from his bleak life, his defense attorney said Wednesday....



Court asked to dismiss cases tied to former drug lab chemist

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:07:46 GMT2017-09-20T21:07:46Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A petition submitted Wednesday to the highest court in Massachusetts seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years....



The Latest: Witness: Man said blogger deserved beheading

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:07:39 GMT2017-09-20T21:07:39Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller (all times local):...



Panel sees benefits to Massachusetts changing time zones

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:58:47 GMT2017-09-20T20:58:47Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts could benefit by shifting from the Eastern to the Atlantic Time Zone, but only if other New England states follow suit, according to a draft report issued Wednesday by a special study commission....



Massachusetts court changes definition of felony murder

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:00:21 GMT2017-09-20T19:00:21Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The highest court in Massachusetts has overturned the first-degree murder convictions of a man who provided the gun used in a double homicide but who was not present when the victims were shot....



Court asked to dismiss cases tied to ex-drug lab chemist

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:40:10 GMT2017-09-20T18:40:10Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A petition is asking Massachusetts' highest court to dismiss every case connected to a former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years....



Crews recover body believed to be missing Saugus kayaker

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:16:02 GMT2017-09-20T17:16:02Z

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) -- Authorities have located a kayak belonging to a Saugus man who went missing on a fishing trip, and a body believed to be him has been recovered....



Vols' Jones not counting out McDowell's possible return

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:14:44 GMT2017-09-20T17:14:44Z

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Butch Jones says there's now at least a possibility that linebacker Cortez McDowell could return late in the regular season or in a bowl game....



MA Lottery

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:03:55 GMT2017-09-20T17:03:55Z

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) -- These Massachusetts lotteries were drawn Wednesday:...



Winning numbers drawn in 'Numbers Midday' game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:03:54 GMT2017-09-20T17:03:54Z

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) -- The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Massachusetts Lottery's "Numbers Midday" game were:...



Clemson, Virginia Tech off to strong starts with new QBs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:41:11 GMT2017-09-20T16:41:11Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Not every school can be like No. 2 Clemson, which is going for a second straight national championship despite replacing two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson at quarterback....



Man sentenced to 12 years for home invasion

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:56:52 GMT2017-09-20T15:56:52Z

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a home invasion during which his co-defendant was shot by police....



Town that said yes to recreational pot says no to pot shops

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:55:57 GMT2017-09-20T15:55:57Z

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Voters in Milford have banned pot shops and other marijuana businesses from operating in town despite supporting the legalization of recreational pot in Massachusetts last year....



Former van driver sentenced to probation for assaults

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:31:14 GMT2017-09-20T15:31:14Z

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A man who came forward to report that he had molested several older women he drove to and from a day care center for adults with Alzheimer's disease and developmental disabilities has been sentenced to five years of probation....



Sensors deployed to measure effects of Jose on New England

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:04:42 GMT2017-09-20T15:04:42Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Federal scientists have installed 17 storm-tide sensors along the coast of southern New England to measure the effects of Tropical Storm Jose....



Man charged with grabbing 3 teenage girls ruled incompetent

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:15:20 GMT2017-09-20T12:15:20Z

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A man charged with grabbing three teenage girls walking to school in Worcester has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial....



Massachusetts man gets long sentence on child porn charges

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:27:31 GMT2017-09-20T11:27:31Z

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for sending and receiving child pornography online....



Man gets 18 months for accidentally shooting friend

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:33:32 GMT2017-09-20T06:33:32Z

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- A judge says he handed down a lighter penalty than prosecutors requested for a Massachusetts man who accidentally shot his friend because his actions in the aftermath may have saved that friend's life....



Massachusetts town votes to keep legal pot businesses out

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:09:20 GMT2017-09-20T04:09:20Z

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Voters in Milford have voted to ban recreational pot shops and other marijuana businesses from operating in the town....



Red Sox use wild pitch to beat Orioles 1-0 in 11 innings

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:37:04 GMT2017-09-20T03:37:04Z

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Though they rank last in the AL in home runs, the Boston Red Sox have found plenty of other ways to win - especially in extra innings....