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CHICAGO: Teen’s death illuminates police code of silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department. The lack of swift action illustrates the difficulty of confronting the “code of silence” that has long been …

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other people “prevented federal officials from performing their official duties by force, threats and intimidation,” according …

Star of reality show ‘Wicked Tuna’ pleads guilty to fraud

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A man featured on the reality television show Wicked Tuna pleaded guilty to federal charges in Vermont that he received government disability benefits while he was fishing on the show. Fifty-year-old Paul Hebert, of Gloucester, Mass., appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vt., where he pleaded …

New lead investigator named for R.I. prep school abuse case

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A new lead investigator has been chosen to look into allegations of sexual abuse at a prestigious Rhode Island boarding school. Wednesday’s announcement that Boston attorney Martin Murphy will lead the investigation into St. George’s School comes a week after ex-Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger was chosen to …

U.S. Supreme Court won’t take up death inmate’s appeal

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a petition from New Hampshire’s only death row inmate to review his case. Lawyers for Michael Addison, 35, said the trial judge violated his rights by not allowing jurors to hear evidence he was remorseful and concerned about the Manchester …

Tree falls on Concord manufactured home; residents uninjured

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A pine tree crushed a manufactured home on Fisherville Road on Tuesday, but no one was injured in the accident. Lt. Derek Martel of the Concord Fire Department said the dispatch center received a call about the tree around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. High winds had toppled a 60- …

Special showing of “Spotlight,” followed by panel discussion in Concord on Thursday night

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Once the scandal of pedophile priests in the Catholic church hit the front page of the Boston Globe, the investigation continued into New Hampshire. On Thursday night, Red River Theatres in Concord will have a special airing of …

Police: Man shoots at car with woman, children, kills self

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Hampshire State Police said a man, who shot at a car carrying a woman and two children as it left a home, barricaded himself for several hours before fatally shooting himself. Police in Lancaster received a report of shots fired at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. They learned …

Climbers trigger avalanche Sunday in Tuckerman Ravine

Monday, January 18, 2016

Two Canadian climbers triggered an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine on Sunday that swept them and two skiers down the mountain, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Early Sunday afternoon, Michel Houde of Lorraine, Quebec, and another climber entered …

Concord police stepping up active shooter trainings in response to requests from public

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Concord Police Department is stepping up efforts to train civilians on how to handle active shooter situations, a response to growing requests from the public after the deadly shooting last month in San Bernardino, Calif. Lt. John Thomas said the department plans to have three more officers …

Michigan: Gov asks Obama for federal aid

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The state of Michigan can’t meet all the needs of Flint residents whose water system has been contaminated by lead, Gov. Rick Snyder said in a request for a federal disaster declaration and millions of dollars that could …

N.H. contractor’s death in Saudi Arabia unresolved a year later

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A year after a New Hampshire contractor was found dead in Saudi Arabia, his family doesn’t buy a police account indicating he killed himself, and they fear the case has been closed. Christopher Cramer of Milford was found …