ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The man shot and killed yesterday by authorities in Florida had spoken with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NY'-ehv) roughly a month before the bombings. Authorities also say Ibragim Todashev (IH'-bruh-heem TOH'-duh-shehv) shared a similar background with Tsarnaev, including his Chechen and mixed martial arts background.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A tentative contract deal for 1,100 UMass Memorial Medical Center nurses has headed off a planned strike at the Worcester hospital today. The 3-year pact includes limits on how many patients would be assigned to nurses during a shift. A ratification vote has not yet been set.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Police are investigating an overnight homicide in Springfield, the second straight night the city has seen a murder. Both shootings happened in the Forest Park neighborhood, with The Republican reporting there has been no word of arrests in either of the killings.
BOSTON (AP) - State Representative John Fresolo is stepping down. A statement read on the House floor yesterday said he could no longer effectively serve his Worcester district but didn't specify what prompted his decision. Fresolo told The Telegram & Gazette his quitting was part of a negotiated settlement with a House ethics panel.
BOSTON (AP) - The names of 170 people who have died serving the nation since the 9/11 terror attacks are being read at a special service this morning on Boston Common. Family members, along with Governor Deval Patrick, are among those attending the ceremony that includes the placing of nearly 33,000 flags on the Common to honor the state's war dead.
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