SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE
Tornado damages city north of Boston
REVERE, Mass. (AP) - 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.
Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths of serious injuries.
Another city official said many buildings sustained damage, including City Hall.
The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortly after 9 a.m.
The weather service says a damage assessment is underway.
Communities across the U.S. are cleaning up after strong storms destroyed homes, knocked out power for thousands of people and toppled power lines and trees.
SuperPAC ad heats up Massachusetts governor's race
BOSTON (AP) - The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is lashing out at rival Steve Grossman after an attack ad released by a SuperPAC supporting Grossman.
Coakley's campaign released a web video on Monday criticizing Grossman for not signing a so-called "people's pledge" that would limit ads by independent expenditure groups that can raise and spend unlimited cash on behalf of or against candidates.
The TV ad, paid for by the pro-Grossman SuperPAC Mass Forward, criticizes Coakley for not supporting a Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to limit individuals to one gun purchase per month. The ad calls Coakley, the state's attorney general, the "wrong choice for governor."
SuperPACs by law must operate independently from candidates.
Grossman, the state treasurer, Coakley and Don Berwick are competing for the Democratic nomination for governor.
SMITH & WESSON-FOREIGN BRIBERY
Smith & Wesson paying $2M to settle SEC charges
WASHINGTON (AP) - Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Monday with the firearms maker, which fired its entire international sales staff after the alleged violations came to light. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., based in Springfield, Mass., neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.
As the company pushed to break into new foreign markets from 2007 to 2010, its international sales staff made a concerted effort to get new business by offering or making illegal payments to government officials, the SEC said.
Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Debney said in a statement the company is pleased to have resolved the matter.
Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington are picked to host the 2024 Olympics, one of the U.S. Olympic Committee's first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city's new organizing committee.
It's one of those costly facts of life of the Olympics thanks to the Joint Marketing Program Agreement that a country's Olympic federation must sign when it puts a city up as a candidate to host the games.
The last two American bids, from New York and Chicago, included agreements that didn't conform with the International Olympic Committee's guidelines, which call for about 90 percent of the host federation's domestic sponsorship to be channeled to the new organizing committee.
The USOC would likely seek a different arrangement for a 2024 bid.
Farmers hurt by Market Basket dispute
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - The family feud that has led to empty shelves at the Market Basket stores is having an impact on local farmers who normally supply produce to the regional supermarket chain.
Rich Bonanno, whose family operates Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, estimates he's losing $2,000 a day due to the ongoing revolt by store workers and customer boycott.
Bonanno tells the Eagle Tribune (http://bit.ly/UFhpPx ) that while he's been able to unload produce to other buyers, he's only earning about half of what he would normally take in from Market Basket.
John Simone, owner of Riverside Farm in Methuen, says he normally sells about 95 percent his produce to Market Basket.
The chain is embroiled in a Demoulas family dispute featuring two cousins who have been at odds for decades.
Car rates returning to levels before deregulation
BOSTON (AP) - Auto insurance rates that fell sharply after deregulation in Massachusetts are climbing again.
The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1rQTmdE ) reports that five years after the state began to allow insurers to set their own rates, the average premium was about the same as it was before the change.
According to figures from the state Division of Insurance, premiums dropped about 12 percent between 2007 and 2009 to a statewide average of $861, saving the average motorist about $122 per year.
By 2012, the average premium was back up to $974, only $9 less than what it was before deregulation. 2012 was the most recent year that statistics were available.
State officials say deregulation has helped consumers by offering more choice. The number of companies offering auto insurance in Massachusetts has nearly doubled.
Apparent human remains found in Duxbury
DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) - Authorities are seeking help from the public as they investigate the discovery of a box containing apparent human remains in Duxbury.
Police say they responded to a report Sunday morning of a suspicious box at the intersection of Alexander Way and Walker Road in the South Shore town.
A state police bomb unit x-rayed the partially-opened package and determined that it contained what appeared to be human remains.
The remains were taken to the state medical examiner's office and have not yet been identified. No other information was immediately released.
Investigators are asking anyone who might have information about the case to contact the Plymouth District Attorney's office or Duxbury police.
Dozens treated at Keith Urban concert
MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield.
Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Keith Urban concert on Saturday night.
At least 46 people were treated and 22 taken to local hospitals.
Police said more than 50 people were taken into protective custody at the concert and some could face charges.
Officials said about 18,000 country music fans attended the concert at the outside venue.
Ronstadt, Katzenberg among those honored by Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Linda Ronstadt, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and public radio host Diane Rehm are among those being honored at the White House for their contributions to arts and humanities.
President Barack Obama is awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients in an East Room ceremony Monday. First lady Michelle Obama also plans to attend.
The National Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 as the nation's highest award given to artists and their patrons. The National Humanities Medal was created in in 1997 to honor those who have deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities in fields including history, literature, languages and philosophy.
Report: Many Boston homicides remain unsolved
BOSTON (AP) - While overall Boston's murder rate has been dropping, more than half of the killings that occurred in the city during the past decade remain unsolved.
The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/1plG1Ij ) reported Monday that suspects were arrested, charged or formally identified in 47 percent of the 628 homicides between 2004 and 2013. In most of those years, the percentage of cleared cases was lower than the average for similar-sized U.S. cities.
Authorities, however, point to a high conviction rate for those who are charged with murder in Boston.
Former police Commissioner Edward Davis notes that unlike many other cities, it's the district attorney's office and not the police department which makes the final decision about charging a suspect. He says that can result in a more conservative approach to solving crimes.
Gas prices down 4 cents in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) - Gas prices in Massachusetts have dropped another 4 cents in the past week.
AAA Southern New England says the price for self-serve regular is currently averaging $3.58 cents per gallon and has fallen 12 cents in the past month.
The state is 6 cents higher than the current national average of $3.52 per gallon.
A year ago at this time, the average price was $3.71 per gallon in Massachusetts.
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