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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts survivor of clergy sex abuse says he will stop eating until the Vatican acknowledges receipt of messages from victims' families. Olan Horne tells The Berkshire Eagle his hunger strike will start midnight Wednesday. A summit on abuse starts Thursday in Rome. Horne says he gathered messages from families intended for Pope Francis and gave them to Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. An O'Malley spokesman said the materials were forwarded as promised.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island has confirmed that a federal investigation involving City Hall is underway. WPRI-TV reports Mayor Joseph Solomon said Monday he could not comment on what is being investigated, but he says it does not involve his administration. He says he has not been interviewed by investigators.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island police officer who served time in prison for a murder he didn't commit is pushing the state to adopt a wrongful conviction compensation law. Scott Hornoff tells WPRI-TV his family was "financially devastated" when he was released from prison in 2002. Hornoff says he reached out to his state representative, Patricia Serpa, who has sponsored a bill that would award anyone sentenced to a year or more in prison $50,000 for each year served.
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey is weighing legal action against the Trump administration following President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Healey on Tuesday called Trump's action "an illegal power grab" and a violation of the constitutional separation of powers. On Monday, 16 states filed a lawsuit calling Trump's declaration unconstitutional. Massachusetts wasn't among them.
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