News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) - The four senators seeking the White House have been pulled off the presidential campaign trail and into the Senate as jurors in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. They can’t ask questions or talk to their colleagues or use their cellphones on the floor. That is a problem because the four senators - Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado - need as much attention as they can get. The trial could run through the upcoming Iowa caucuses, possibly leaving the four candidates without the chance to deliver their closing arguments to voters who set the tone for 2020.
BOSTON (AP) - A California woman accused of paying a company $9,000 to take online classes for her son at Georgetown University has pleaded guilty. Karen Littlefair entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Boston after reaching a deal with prosecutors. She agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities say she hired a consultant to have four classes taken on behalf of her son so he could graduate from Georgetown. Prosecutors say they will recommend four months behind bars and a fine. The case is part of a college admissions scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents.
BOSTON (AP) - Aerosmith's drummer is suing his bandmates because they won't let him play as the band is set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week. Joey Kramer argues in a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts that the band is in breach of contract because it required him to re-audition for his job after an injury last year. He wants a judge to order that he be allowed to join the Boston-launched band as it receives the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year award on Friday and performs at the Grammy Awards show Sunday.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man. A judge sentenced Adam Connors, of Fall River, to three to five years in prison in the fatal stabbing of Joseph Reading. According to court documents, Conners and his friend Mark Costa visited a party when Costa and Reading started fighting. Reading waved a knife in Costa's direction before smashing a wooden crucifix over Costa's head. Conners, picked up Reading's knife and stabbed him in the back of the leg and cut an artery. Officers found Reading in the driver’s seat of his crashed vehicle. He was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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