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Pill mix-up led to Kennedy 'drugged driving' trial: defense

By Victoria Cavaliere WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - A Kennedy family member's groggy behavior after her 2012 arrest for side-swiping a tractor trailer in New York was not the result of a criminal act but of mistakenly taking a sleeping pill instead of thyroid medication, her lawyers argued at her trial Monday. Kerry Kennedy, 54, daughter of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while impaired.

Massachusetts college lifts lockdown after 'erroneous' report

BOSTON (Reuters) - Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Tuesday lifted a lockdown order it had issued for its campus, saying earlier reports of an armed intruder were "erroneous." "The report was investigated by the Campus Police and the Fall River Police. It turned out to be an erroneous report, and the College resumed normal operations," the college said in a statement. The report of a possible intruder was made at 10:15 a.m. ET (1515 GMT) and the all-clear sounded a half-hour later.

Massachusetts college says on lockdown after 'armed intruder' reported on campus

BOSTON (Reuters) - Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts, said on Tuesday it had placed its facilities on lockdown and ordered students and faculty to shelter in place after a "armed intruder" was reported on campus. The school has some 12,000 students spread across five campuses located north of Boston. Its Fall River campus includes nine buildings spread across 90 acres. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Dina Kyriakidou)

Massachusetts attorney general leads pack in race for governor: poll

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is way out in front of both her Democratic primary rivals and the leading Republican contender in the race for governor, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Coakley, the Bay State's top prosecutor since 2006, was supported by 56 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, according to the Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey.

The 'fearless' speech writer behind Obama's State of Union address

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six days before the State of the Union address, Cody Keenan posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram a blurred image of a speech draft with President Barack Obama's notes in the margins. He ended the post with "#SpoilerAlert #InsideSOTU-Cody." No amount of eye-squinting could decipher the details, but if anyone knew exactly what Obama intended to say in his annual address to the nation, it was chief speech writer Keenan.

The 'fearless' speech writer behind Obama's State of Union address

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six days before the State of the Union address, Cody Keenan posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram a blurred image of a speech draft with President Barack Obama's notes in the margins. He ended the post with "#SpoilerAlert #InsideSOTU-Cody." No amount of eye-squinting could decipher the details, but if anyone knew exactly what Obama intended to say in his annual address to the nation, it was chief speech writer Keenan.

Sundance film probes myth of Boston mob boss Bulger

He ruled the Boston underworld with an iron fist for nearly 30 years, while police stood by. James "Whitey" Bulger has become a Hollywood myth. But a new documentary seeks the truth behind the mobster. "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" by Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger was presented out of competition at the Sundance Film Festival this week. "I have long been fascinated by the Bulger story," the filmmaker told AFP. "Here's a guy who reigned over Boston's criminal underworld for almost thee decades, wasn't even stopped for a traffic ticket.

Harvard museum gets Chinese jade artwork back, 35 years after theft

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - A Chinese jade incense burner, stolen 35 years ago from a Harvard University art museum, was returned to the Ivy League university by law enforcement officials on Tuesday. The censer, dating from the Qing Dynasty, was on display at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when it disappeared November 26, 1979.

Boston mobster Bulger, girlfriend exchanged prison love notes: atty

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, exchanged love letters on a legal pad provided by a defense attorney who visited them in prison before the mobster went on trial last year, local media reported on Friday. Defense attorney J.W. Carney told a meeting of Massachusetts defense lawyers this week that he offered the pad to Bulger at a correctional facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so he could write words of comfort to Greig, the Boston Globe reported.

New Boston mayor names veteran city cop as police commissioner

BOSTON (Reuters) - Newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday plans to name William Evans, a 31-year-veteran of the city's police force, as its new police commissioner. Evans has been in the job in an interim capacity since Edward Davis, who was thrust into the national spotlight for his steady leadership after the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, stepped down late last year.
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