News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
BOSTON (AP) - The priest who presided over the funeral of Peter Frates says the best way to honor the man who helped make the ice bucket challenge a phenomenon is to imitate him. Frates was a former Boston College baseball player whose battle with ALS helped raise millions for research. The Rev. Tony Penna is director of campus ministry at Boston College and told hundreds of mourners Friday that Frates was aglow with the spirit of God. Frates died Monday at age 34. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. The ice bucket challenge has raised about $220 million worldwide.
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to keeping classified national defense documents at his home without proper authorization. Federal prosecutors said Friday that 66-year-old Ahmedelhadi Yassin Serageldin, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to willfully retaining national defense information. He faces up to 10 years at prison at sentencing scheduled for April. Federal agents conducting a search warrant at the former Raytheon engineer's Sharon home found thousands of paper documents and electronic files belonging to Raytheon or the Department of Defense, many of which were marked as containing classified information. A telephone message was left with his attorney Friday.
BOSTON (AP) - A man convicted of stabbing two doctors to death in their luxury Boston condominium has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Bampumim Teixeira requested not to be in the Boston courtroom when the sentence was handed down Friday because he said he wouldn't control himself. Instead, the 33-year-old observed the proceedings via video as he was surrounded by armed court officers in another room in the court. He will serve two consecutive life sentences at the state's maximum security prison in Walpole for killing Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos in 2017.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts marijuana retailers can again begin selling vaping products. The Cannabis Control Commission made the announcement Thursday. The products must be newly manufactured and screened for contaminants. It's not immediately clear when the products will be available for purchase. The products must pass screens for contaminants including vitamin E acetate that are required under the commission’s testing protocols. The order comes a day after state officials ended an emergency ban on the sale of unflavored vaping products and approved new restrictions on flavored vaping products. State officials say they’ve identified 90 probable and confirmed cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in Massachusetts.
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