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BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say two men have died in an early morning fire in Boston, including one who jumped from an upper floor window in an effort to escape. The blaze in the city's largely Italian North End neighborhood at about 1 a.m. Wednesday was blamed on the careless disposal of smoking materials in a second-floor bedroom. Two adults and an infant rescued from an upper floor were hospitalized for evaluations.

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) - A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 21-gun salute by an honor guard will follow. The nation's 35th president was born in the leafy Boston suburb on May 29, 1917. Wednesday's solemn commemorations fall on the anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility. Pittsfield police say 65-year Joseph Van Wert and 45-year-old Randy Lambach were held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Nov. 29. Authorities say Lambach recruited drug addicts and Van Wert used his apartment at a senior living facility to conduct the prostitution.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A Connecticut woman who police say was distracted by a GPS device faces vehicular homicide charges in connection with a crash in Massachusetts that killed a couple enjoying a Sunday drive in their classic car. Chelsea Lundeberg, of Ellington, pleaded not guilty this week to charges stemming from the September 24 crash in Lenox. Sixty-year-old James Kelly and 69-year-old Patricia Kelly, who were in their 1963 Chevrolet Corvair, died.

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