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Courtesy: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe via Facebook

Feds Discuss Changing Tribal Recognition Process

The federal Department of the Interior held a hearing in Massachusetts on its plan to make it easier for American Indian tribes to gain federal recognition.

The Tuesday morning hearing, at the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's community center on Cape Cod, is the last in series of meetings on the proposal, and the only one on the East Coast

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Photo by Scott LaPierre/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Revere Tornado Causes Extensive Damage

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down just north of Boston.

Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines

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Police Arrest Suspect In Alleged Samurai Attack

 

A suspect has been arrested for what police in Bourne describe as an attack with a samurai sword Sunday that sent one man to a hospital. Police say the victim was stabbed several times, with his alleged attacker found nearby along with a nearly 3-foot-long sword.

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Judge Denies Hernandez’s Request For Dismissal

A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot's home.

Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors had not shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and had not presented any evidence or motive for the slaying

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Photo:  Bridgewater State Hospital
Photo: Bridgewater State Hospital

Patrick Accepts Resignation Of State Prison Chief

Gov. Deval Patrick has received the resignation of state prison chief Luis Spencer.

The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Patrick had asked for the resignation after Spencer delayed an internal investigation into the alleged physical abuse of a mental health patient at Bridgewater State Hospital

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Few Answers About Migrant Children Coming to Mass.

A state official says it remains unclear how many unaccompanied children crossing the nation's southern border illegally will be temporarily detained in Massachusetts and how many could stay in the state longer

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Mass. Agencies Sign Agreement To Address Problem Gamblers

Massachusetts gambling regulators have signed an agreement with the state's health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

The agreement, which was finalized Thursday, requires the state Gaming Commission and Executive Office of Health and Human Services to work together to ensure proper use of a public health fund created by the state's 2011 casino law

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Massachusetts Bans Shark Finning

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts.

Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive

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Ex-Market Basket Boss Wants To Buy Company

The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves wants to buy the entire company.

Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement Wednesday that he and his side of the family want to buy the 50

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