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A makeshift donation envelope for a legal fund, with the wording of Easter offering crossed out, sits atop of a collection box at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  Parishioners occupying a closed Catholic church for nearly 11 years may be at their end. A state judge has ordered the Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini, which has occupied the church day and night since October 2004, to vacate by May 29. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Outfitted with Wi-Fi, cable television, snacks and comfortable armchairs, the vestibule at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone’s living room these days, if not for the brilliant stained glass window that takes up an entire wall. The confessional area and sacristy, where priests vestments are traditionally kept, have been converted into cozy sleeping …

Charter buying Time Warner Cable as TV viewers go online

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and internet giant. The deal comes a month after Comcast, the …

Closed-door trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter begins

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An Iranian security court yesterday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government of the …

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

Thursday, May 21, 2015

All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said yesterday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks …

Proposal would raise application fees for major utility projects like Northern Pass

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Energy developers will have to pay hefty application fees to start the state’s permitting process, if a bill passed by the Senate yesterday becomes law. The state Site Evaluation Committee is charged with approving large-scale energy projects in …

In Concord, Jeb Bush tells crowd “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anne Coughlin of Concord has listened to a lot of presidential hopefuls over the years, and has seen candidates named Bush and Clinton dominate the headlines. The same names are again in the spotlight as the presidential primary …

License Revocations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The director of motor vehicles released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Jeffrey F. Sapier, 36, of Allenstown ∎ Chad W. Larochelle, 25, of Alton ∎ Thomas W. Beckwith, 54, of Concord ∎ Matthew T. Caldwell, 35, of Concord ∎ Christine E. Graves, 27, of Concord ∎ Todd Paris, 45, …

State budget: Senate pushing to restore cuts to health services

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Senate budget writers moved yesterday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health and human …

Pirate Bay defies court order with intimidating new logo

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Though it’s been raided by Swedish authorities, sued and just had its native Swedish domain piratebay.sg shut down, Pirate Bay has yet to walk the plank. Indeed, the same day the peer-to-peer file sharing site – which facilitates the illegal downloading of films and other media – lost …

Jerusalem: Israel scraps bus plan many critics had called racist

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face …

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed yesterday. The …

Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra in Syria

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed yesterday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It was unclear …

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed yesterday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets – a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal …