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FILE - This undated file image made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Community religious leaders gathered Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 to remember Parker and Ward, who were shot and killed by a former co-worker on Aug. 26. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., was filled with somber prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and others. The ceremony, attended …

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon Miles, whose criminal record includes convictions for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, was to …

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated through the decades, and it remains relevant as we examine the nationally covered rape trial …

60 years later, Emmett Till not forgotten

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue …

Ray Duckler: This rape trial makes you wonder: where did we go wrong?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maybe we can learn something from the heart-wrenching trial that’s unfolded in superior court here since last week. Maybe we can talk to our children about stuff we don’t want to talk about, namely sexual assault, instead of leaving it up to the schools. Maybe we can mention …

Maine state police create unit to examine drug trends

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine’s top law enforcement and emergency medical officials announced Wednesday that a special state police unit and three working groups will be created to address the state’s drug epidemic. Participants of a summit convened by Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the announcement at a news conference after the …

Suspect in killing of Virginia TV crew had history of work troubles

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The man gripped a gun as he stood behind the news crew, watching them do a live broadcast. The journalists didn’t seem to notice that he had pointed the weapon right at them. On Wednesday morning, as southwestern …

St. Paul’s grad Owen Labrie testifies in rape trial, denies having sex with girl

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The handsome young man with the once-promising future waited more than a year to tell this story, his version of the night that has since brought everything to a crashing halt – the full ride to Harvard, the …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in the normally reserved Shelburne Falls are content to leave the typically low-key Cosbys …

Colorado theater gunman’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would …

Police: Man charged with assaulting 3-month-old son

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Winchester man has been arrested after doctors determined his 3-month-old son’s injuries were caused by blunt force trauma. Jeffrey Roy, 23, was charged with assault, WMUR reported. Investigators said the baby remains hospitalized with bleeding on the brain and in the eyes. Roy told police he picked …

Virginia TV reporter, cameraman killed on air; suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. Authorities identified …

Canterbury police chief waives right to probable cause hearing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Canterbury police chief accused of sexually assaulting a young mentee years ago waived his right Tuesday to a probable cause hearing, in which a judge determines whether enough evidence exists for a case to go to trial. …