BOSTON (AP) - The newly refurbished USS Constitution has taken its first spin in three years. Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island celebrated the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the iconic ship, which is nicknamed Old Ironsides and is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. The warship fired a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort.
BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for an expedited criminal investigation into the death of a patient at the Bedford, Massachusetts VA Medical Center. William R. Nutter Jr., a Vietnam War veteran who served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, died July 3, 2016. Warren cited reports in The Boston Globe and The Lowell Sun, saying Nutter's death was due in part to neglect.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Federal ocean regulators are recommending that the North Atlantic right whale remain listed as endangered as the species nears the end of a year of dangerously high mortality. Less than 500 of the right whales exist, and scientists say at least 15 of them have died since the spring off of the U.S. and Canada. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a five-year review of the species Friday.
BOSTON (AP) - Jurors will begin deliberating Monday in the case of a pharmacist charged with murder in a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people. Jurors went home Friday after attorneys gave their final arguments, and they are expected to return Monday. Prosecutors say pharmacist Glenn Chin failed to properly sterilize the drugs and instructed staff to use expired ingredients. Chin's attorneys say the pharmacy's co-founder is to blame.
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