News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Democratic presidential front-runners are about to get a reminder of the hazards of running at the top. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are at the top of the race in Iowa. For Warren, it's a sign that the investments she's made in staff and personal interactions with voters have paid off. But it also means she'll increasingly be the subject of attacks from her rivals who want to blunt her rise. And Warren's growing strength underscores Biden's weaknesses among progressives.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A federal jury in Massachusetts has awarded $27 million to a man who spent 27 years in prison for a killing he maintained he didn't commit. Jurors made their decision in favor of 55-year-old Mark Schand in federal court in Springfield on Friday. Schand sued four now-retired Springfield police officers he says framed him for the 1986 killing of a woman outside a city club. A city attorney says there will be an appeal.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts Environmental Police have shot and killed a black bear they say was behaving aggressively around humans. The 2-year-old, 225-pound male bear was shot Friday at a Fitchburg park after harassing three men playing disc golf. Authorities think it is the same bear that chased a woman hiking in the same park on Sept. 1.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts city has received a $500,000 grant to help repair a roughly 170-year-old stone bridge that has become so weakened that it's dangerous for school buses and emergency vehicles to cross. The grant from the state Department of Transportation's Municipal Small Bridge Program was approved recently by Fitchburg city officials. The Westminster Hill Road bridge was built in the 1850s. City Commissioner of Public Works Nicolas Bosonetto says repairing the bridge is "critical."
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