BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - Protesters are vowing to demonstrate outside the Massachusetts prison where a notorious figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal is being released after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s. Paul Shanley is expected to be released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on Friday. Shanley was a "street priest" who ministered to alienated youth in the 1960s and '70s. Decades later, dozens of men came forward and said Shanley had molested or raped them.
By The Associated Press (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign a bill that makes changes to the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law. The bill sets up different procedures for cities and towns to follow if they want to restrict marijuana stores, depending on how their residents voted on the November ballot question. Baker, who opposed the question, will sign the bill in his Statehouse office Friday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has pleaded in federal court in New Hampshire to robbing banks in three states. Court documents say 26-year-old Vincent Torraco, of Athol, Massachusetts, robbed three TD bank branches, one in Gardner, Massachusetts, another in Rindge, New Hampshire, and the third in Winchester, Connecticut, in September. In each robbery, Torraco passed a note to a bank teller demanding money.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there will be no legal possession of cod for recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Maine this year. Cod is an iconic fish in New England, but catch of it has plummeted in recent years. NOAA said on Thursday that the rule barring recreational possession of the fish in the Gulf of Maine was effective immediately.
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