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Massachusetts woman attacked in bed by raccoon she mistook for her cat

A Massachusetts woman was hospitalized Wednesday after she was attacked in her own bed by a raccoon she had mistaken for her cat. The 73-year-old Hingham woman said she felt an animal jump onto her bed and reached out to pet what she expected to be her cat, reported the…

Mitt Romney: Women should only be granted birth control rights at the state level

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that his health care reform law in Massachusetts included birth control in insurance coverage but he opposed it in President Barack Obama’s law because only states should be able to grant those rights to women. On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed…

Massachusetts coach charged with raping preteen girl over two-year period

A former assistant basketball coach in Massachusetts was arrested this week over allegations that he raped a preteen girl over a period of two years. Prosecutors in Fall River say former Durfee High School assistant coach James F. Lee III fled to Maryland after the victim’s mother confronted him about…

Group wants to give Massachusetts voters a chance to legalize pot

A group of pro-pot activists in Massachusetts are pushing a ballot measure to fully legalize marijuana. The group Bay State Repeal hopes to get the proposal on the ballot in 2016 after testing different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year’s ballot in about a…

Massachusetts state chemist jailed for forging drug evidence

One chapter in a Massachusetts police lab scandal closed Friday with the sentencing of disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, tampering with evidence and other charges. But the state continues to reel…

High school punishes senior for rescuing drunk friend from party

A Massachusetts high school is accused of lying in court to defend its’ sanctions against a senior for helping a drunk friend get away from a party for her own safety. WBZ-TV reported on Sunday that Erin Cox’s family has hired its own attorney after the senior, a member of…

Anti-LGBT pastor running for Massachusetts gov. because ‘homosexuality is condemned by God’

A Christian evangelical pastor who has been sued for his connection to Uganda’s so-called “kill the gays” bill and taken credit for Russia’s law against homosexual “propaganda” announced that he was running for governor of Massachusetts. In a statement earlier this week, Scott Lively said that prayer had convinced him…

Evangelical pastor to stand trial in Massachusetts for alleged crimes against humanity

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a crimes against humanity case brought against evangelical pastor Scott Lively of Massachusetts. Lively is accused of violating international law by inciting the persecution of LGBT individuals in Uganda. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)…

Massachusetts sheriff defends joking about Obama’s assassination

A sheriff in Massachusetts is refusing to apologize for joking that President Barack Obama could best serve the country by being assassinated. Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. made the joke during a local St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for Republicans on Sunday. He said that the ghost of Lincoln…

Massachusetts police dog accidentally fires stolen handgun

A Massachusetts police dog was digging in a snow bank early Saturday morning found what he was looking for: not only did police canine Ivan discover a stolen handgun, he fired it too. Officers said nobody was harmed in the mishap, which took place in a residential neighborhood in Lawrence,…

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