MASSACHUSETTS CONGRESS-SEPT 11
Rep. Lynch calls for release of Sept. 11 documents
BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is again calling for the release of additional documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The Massachusetts Democrat is joining with North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones to call attention to a resolution they filed urging the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages of a joint investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees.
The two are holding a press conference in Washington on Wednesday with family members of victims killed at each of the three attack sites in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.
Lynch has said that he's reviewed the classified section and believes the information should be made public.
Lynch said the 28 pages "contain information that is vital to a full understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding this tragedy."
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-FLORIDA
Muslim group: 3 Russians unlawfully kept out of US
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Muslim rights organization is asking Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene and allow three permanent residents of Florida to return to the United States from Russia.
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Kerry on Monday accusing the United States of unlawfully preventing three Russians - Umar Taramov (Ooo-Mahr Tahr-uh-mawv), Khusen Taramov (Coo-sihn Tahr-uh-mawv), and Khasan Taramov (Kuh-sahn Tahr-uh-mawv) - from boarding a flight in Moscow.
Khusen Taramov was one of the last people to see Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev (IH'-bruh-heem TOH'-duh-shehv) alive before he was shot to death in May during an interview with the FBI and others in central Florida.
Officials say Todashev turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The state attorney is continuing to investigate the incident.
PRESSURE COOKER SCARE
Pressure cooker causes brief scare in Boston
BOSTON (AP) - A pressure cooker left outside a home in East Boston caused a brief scare, but police quickly determined it did not contain explosives.
Boston police spokesman Sgt. Michael McCarthy said police believe the pressure cooker had been discarded. He said the cooker, with its lid still on, was spotted on a sidewalk near a home Tuesday morning.
A school located nearby was put in "safe mode" as a precaution while the device was investigated.
Two homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded during last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
Authorities on Monday announced a series of steps to beef up security at this year's marathon on April 21, including doubling the number of police officers to more than 3,500, adding more surveillance cameras and bomb-sniffing dogs.
Grossman faults Coakley on immigrant licenses
BOSTON (AP) - State Treasurer Steve Grossman is faulting Attorney General Martha Coakley for not supporting efforts to allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses.
Grossman is challenging Coakley for the Democratic nomination for governor. He said Tuesday that he was disappointed to learn of Coakley's "long-standing opposition to issuing licenses to certain drivers because of their immigration status."
Grossman says he supports a bill that would grant the licenses.
A spokesman for Coakley's campaign said she has long opposed efforts to allow the licenses because she hoped the federal government would approve "comprehensive immigration reform to address many of these underlying issues."
The aide said that since the government has failed to act, Coakley is now open to working with law enforcement, lawmakers and the immigrant communities to take steps toward allowing the licenses.
CHICKEN RESTAURANT SHOOTING
Lawrence police release video of restaurant fight
(Information in the following story is from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com )
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Police have released a 29 second video of a fight inside a Lawrence chicken restaurant that led to a double shooting.
Police are hoping that the video leads to arrests in the March 2 shooting inside Pollo Tipico.
A 30-year-old security guard was shot in the shin and another man got hit in the buttocks.
Acting Police Chief James Fitzpatrick tells The Eagle-Tribune that both victims are doing fine.
The video shows several men brawling inside the crowded restaurant before a bearded man wearing a U.S. soccer jersey with the No. 10 on the back pulls a gun.
Police are searching for the both the shooter and another man involved in the brawl.
Fitzpatrick is asking anyone who recognizes the suspects in the video to call police.
TD Garden blames 'mechanical failure' for injuries
BOSTON (AP) - Parents of two young Maine women hurt when a metal bar tumbled onto them at the TD Garden say both suffered concussions.
Twenty-one-year-old Sabina Grasso of Cumberland and 20-year-old Anna McDonough of Scarborough were taking pictures along with a third friend during a birthday outing Thursday. The bar that fell on them held up a safety net designed to keep pucks from flying into the crowd.
TD Garden issued a statement Monday blaming the incident on a "mechanical failure."
Initial reports characterized the injuries as minor, but the girls' parents say they both suffered serious concussions.
McDonough's father, who's in charge of criminal investigations for the Maine State Police, told New England Cable News that the women suffered head, neck and back injuries and "took a hell of an impact."
2 killed in Mass. head-on crash
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Authorities in Middleborough say two people have been killed in a two-car head-on crash on Route 44.
Middleborough police said the crash happened at about 1 p.m. Tuesday near a Holiday Inn Express hotel.
Middleborough police spokesman Sgt. Joe Perkins tells The Boston Globe that the drivers were a 63-year-old Middleborough man and a 40-year-woman. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Perkins said the man was driving a Toyota and the woman was driving a Buick.
The names were not immediately released.
Boston-Washington Amtrak train stuck for 5 hours
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Passengers on an Amtrak train from Boston to Washington, D.C., say they were stuck in Connecticut for about five hours because of a mechanical problem.
Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds says Train 173 became disabled near Greenwich (GREN'-ich) on Tuesday afternoon. The train had left Boston at 11:05 a.m. and was due in New York at 3:17 p.m.
Leeds says Amtrak planned to transfer the 252 passengers to another train but the replacement also had a mechanical problem. A rescue engine towed the train back to Stamford, where the passengers boarded another train to continue.
Passenger Jennifer Merin says it was a harrowing few hours "without air conditioning, without water and without toilets." She says people were testy before they made it to New York around 8:30.
Mass. bill would soften flood insurance rules
BOSTON (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a proposal aimed at softening the impact of new federal flood insurance rules on many coastal homeowners.
The bill, backed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley, is scheduled for debate on Wednesday. It would tie the level of flood insurance that must be purchased to a homeowner's outstanding mortgage balance, rather than the full replacement value of the home.
State officials have pointed to enormous increases in flood insurance premiums resulting from the new rules that were approved in an effort to keep the National Flood Insurance Program solvent.
A bill that passed the U.S. House last week would roll back provisions of the federal law, while the Senate has backed a measure calling for a four-year delay in implementation of the law.
'Fatal Vision' subject wishes peace for McGinniss
NEW YORK (AP) - The wife of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald says the couple is sorry to hear about the death of "Fatal Vision" author Joe McGinniss.
McGinniss wrote in the book about how he became convinced MacDonald was guilty of killing his then-wife and two children in North Carolina in 1970.
MacDonald had suggested the 1983 book to McGinniss but sued in 1987. He alleged McGinniss had tricked him by pretending to believe in his innocence. He received an out-of-court settlement of $325,000.
MacDonald is in federal prison in Cumberland, Md. His current wife, Kathryn MacDonald, said Tuesday this isn't a time for "negativity." She says the couple wishes McGinniss peace.
McGinniss died Monday in Worcester (WUS'-tur), Mass., of complications from prostate cancer. He was 71.
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