Boston MBTA train derails, 10 minor injuries
BOSTON (AP) - An MBTA Green Line train has derailed in Boston, sending 10 people to hospitals with minor injuries.
A spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority said the outbound train went off the track underground and struck a wall shortly after 12:20 p.m. Monday. The cause of the crash is being investigated. It occurred at the intersection of two branches of the Green Line just west of Kenmore Station, which is near Fenway Park.
Boston emergency crews reported at least seven people, including the train's driver, complained of back pain. All passengers walked off the train unassisted. Some of the injured were on a following train that braked to avoid the crash.
Service on parts of the affected branches wasn't expected to resume Monday. Shuttle buses were running to accommodate commuters.
More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Spectators attending this year's Boston Marathon with backpacks, coolers and other large items will have them subject to search.
Officials on Monday strongly discouraged attendees from bringing such bags and instead urged them to carry belongings in clear plastic bags like those being given to runners to stow their gear.
At least 3,500 police officers will be spread across the eight cities and towns that make up the marathon route. That's more than double the number from last year.
Authorities have been meeting for months to come up with a plan to beef up security following last year's deadly attack. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race.
This year's race is scheduled for April 21.
BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS
Friend's lawyer says Tsarnaev destroyed cellphone
BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for a friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) destroyed his own cellphone before being arrested.
The lawyer for Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) disclosed the information at a hearing Monday for three friends charged with trying to help Tsarnaev after the attack.
The defense lawyers wanted prosecutors to turn over records of Tsarnaev's communications with the three men as well as anyone else.
A prosecutor said communications with the three men have been turned over. The judge ruled that any other communication was not relevant.
Kadyrbayev and another man are charged with removing a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev's college dorm room after the bombing. Another man is accused of lying to investigators.
All pleaded not guilty.
UMass students head to court after rowdy parties
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - About two dozen of the more than 70 students charged in connection with a series of pre-St. Patrick's Day parties at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have been arraigned.
The students, many wearing jackets and ties or dresses, were arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on charges from failing to disperse, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Police say more than 70 students face charges in connection with the "Blarney Blowout" parties Saturday and Sunday. About 50 students were taken into custody while 20 or so received a court summons.
Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up gatherings of drunken and rowdy students, some of whom hurled bottles and snowballs at police.
Chancellor: Partiers 'brought shame' on UMass
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts' Amherst campus says student behavior at the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" party over the weekend "brought shame on our fine university."
Campus and town police arrested more than 70 students who attended the off-campus party that started Saturday night and ran into Sunday morning.
At least four police officers received minor injuries as some revelers threw bottles, cans and snowballs at police who dressed in riot gear to break up the party attended by thousands.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement Sunday it is "unequivocally clear that the University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns the outrageous behavior of those students who acted out without any regard for public safety and the community in which they live."
The arrested students face expulsion.
MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-SLOTS PARLOR
Groundbreaking planned for 1st Mass. slots parlor
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) - The company that was awarded a license for the state's first and only slots parlor says it is ready to start construction on the facility.
Penn National Gaming announced on Monday it planned to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission last month awarded Penn National the state's first expanded gambling license.
The company says the slots parlor - to be called the Plainridge Park Casino - will create about 500 permanent jobs and 1,000 temporary construction jobs.
When finished, the facility is slated to have 1,250 slot machines along with harness racing and simulcasting. It will also include the first Doug Flutie sports bar.
The state's 2011 gambling law also allows up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts.
DOUGHNUT SHOP SHOOTING
1 man shot at Revere doughnut shop
REVERE, Mass. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting at a Revere doughnut shop that left one person injured.
Police say one person was shot at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at a Dunkin' Donuts on Bennington Street.
Lt. Michael McLaughlin did not know the extent of the victim's injuries.
The victim's injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
No names were released and the shooting remains under investigation.
Mass. Gov. to head trade mission to Mexico, Panama
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick is planning another trade mission, this time to Panama and Mexico.
The governor said in a statement on Monday that he would lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on the March 17-22 trip to Panama City and Mexico City.
Patrick said the goal of the visits is to strengthen current relationships and build new ones in the emerging economies of the two countries.
The governor has embarked on a series of international trade missions in recent years, the most recent one in December to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The visits have been paid for by a combination of private and public money.
Mass. patient death results in $4.8M jury award
BOSTON (AP) - The family of a man whose lethal heart ailment was misdiagnosed as a lung infection has been awarded $4.8 million by a Suffolk County jury that determined a doctor was responsible for the death.
Jeffrey Kace went to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center complaining of a cough, fever, and chest pains in August 2006. During a short visit, the doctor diagnosed the 23-year-old man with bronchitis, prescribed antibiotics and painkillers, and sent him home.
Robert Higgins, the lawyer for Kace's family, tells The Boston Globe that Kace was found dead in bed the next morning.
The medical examiner identified Kace's cause of death as myocarditis, a virus that infects and inflames the heart muscle.
Neither the doctor nor his lawyer would comment. The doctor no longer works in Massachusetts.
Boston's Callahan Tunnel reopens
BOSTON (AP) - The Callahan Tunnel in Boston has reopened after a $19 million makeover.
The two-lane tunnel that carries traffic from downtown to Logan International Airport reopened at about 4:45 a.m. Monday, two days ahead of schedule.
The 52-year-old tunnel was closed for renovations on Dec. 27, creating traffic headaches for commuters and residents.
The renovation was planned after a corroded wall panel fell onto the roadway in December 2012. No one was hurt and no vehicles were struck.
The project included the replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels.
A few minor fixes remain, but state Transportation Department officials that work will be done during the overnight hours in the coming weeks.
DOG TAG RETURNED
Mass. veteran gets dog tag he lost 70 years ago
(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com )
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A dog tag a Massachusetts man lost as he stormed ashore at Anzio during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1944 has finally been returned, 70 years later.
World War II Army veteran Alfred Cabral received the weathered scrap of copper-nickel alloy during an emotional ceremony at a Worcester nursing home last weekend.
The now 88-year-old Cabral quivered and tears rose in his eyes as he received the identification tag.
An Italian man walking on a beach near Anzio found Cabral's tag late last year. The man turned it over to a nearby cemetery where thousands of American GIs are buried.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the then 18-year-old Cabral enlisted just days after his high school graduation. He returned home with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Mass. gas prices up another 4 cents per gallon
BOSTON (AP) - The price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has climbed another 4 cents in the past week, and is now up 16 cents in the past month.
AAA Southern New England said in its weekly survey released Monday that self-serve, regular is up to an average of $3.52 per gallon, which is 3 cents higher than the national average.
Despite the recent price spikes, prices are still 17 cents per gallon lower than at the same time a year ago.
AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $3.41 per gallon and as high as $3.69.
Swimming pool stolen from West Springfield store
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Two thieves who struck a West Springfield business over the weekend weren't looking for cash.
Police say one of the men pulled a gun on an employee as he and another man hauled away a $500 inflatable swimming pool.
Police say the suspects entered Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and began dragging the 15-foot pool away.
When a store worker asked if they needed help, one man pulled a gun and pointed it at her.
Both suspects were described as white, about 5-foot-6 inches and tall and with thin builds.
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