BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger are cross-examining an ex-hitman who is a key prosecution witness in the racketeering trial. Questioning so far today has focused on what James Martorano made for contributing to the book "Hitman," by talk show host Howie Carr. Martorano admits to killing 20 people.
GROZNY, Russia (AP) - The father of a Russian man killed while being questioned in Florida about his ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says the body has been taken to Russia for burial. Ibragim Todashev (IH'-bruh-heem TOH'-duh-shehv) is believed to have known dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).
BOSTON (AP) - The new head of the agency that oversees welfare benefits in Massachusetts says measures aimed at cutting into program fraud and waste are already having some effect. The Boston Globe reports Stacey Monahan also told members of a state legislative panel that more reforms are coming.
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A Tewksbury man has been sentenced to up to 15 years behind bars for extorting and sexually assaulting young victims. Authorities say Thomas Hutchinson contacted girls online claiming to be in the modeling industry -- enticing them to send him nude photos of themselves. The (Lowell) Sun reports he would then threaten to post those photos unless they had sex with him.
REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) - A newly engaged Massachusetts couple's message in a bottle more than a decade ago off of Tampa, Florida, has turned up on the opposite end of the state. Karl and Michele Kimmell of Rehoboth put just their first names and a post office box on the note. A man found the bottle in February -- finding the Kimmells after The (Attleboro) Sun Chronicle published a story about the bottle.
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