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Boy, 7, killed in pit bull attack

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Authorities are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was apparently attacked and killed by two pit bulls in Lowell, officials said.

Carr: Baker, O’Donnell undeserving of Gold Star attention

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Gov. Charlie Baker loves words that start with the letter “d,” and not just the one that he should have already embraced, which is “Democrat.”

Speros: Cancer fight inspired QB, 2016 Pats

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Tom Brady spotted the universe four weeks off, 25 points in the Super Bowl, and his mom’s fight against breast cancer last season.

Fitzgerald: Goodell’s flag flap a new low

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It required no guts, no moxie, no courage whatsoever for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to add his own gratuitous kick to Tom Brady and the high-flying Patriots a year ago, ordering the all-world quarterback to sit out a quarter of the…

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FBI couldn't access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

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PHILADELPHIA — The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology…

Top Massachusetts high court justice to give annual address

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BOSTON — The chief justice of Massachusetts' highest court will update attorneys and judges this week on issues in the courts and the criminal justice system.

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Malta: Newspapers, citizens take up slain reporter's message

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VALLETTA, Malta — Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honor an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia's reporting stayed…

The Latest: Turnout figures render Italy region's vote valid

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MILAN — The Latest on autonomy referendums in Italy's two richest regions, Lombardy and Veneto (all times local):; 8:35 p.m. A ballot initiative that seeks popular backing in Italy's Veneto region to grab power from Rome has attracted a…

Slovenia's president wins most votes, but faces runoff

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia's President Borut Pahor, a former model and veteran politician known for his use of social media, won the most votes in a presidential election Sunday, but will face a runoff against an ambitious challenger.

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Cops: Wrong-way crash on I-95 injures 2

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A South Carolina woman driving the wrong way on I-95 in Reading early this morning while thought to be under the influence of alcohol left a New Hampshire man with serious injuries, according to state police.

Cub Scout kicked out after asking lawmaker about gun control

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DENVER — A Cub Scout was kicked out of his den after he questioned a Colorado state lawmaker about her position on gun control and previous comments she made about African-Americans' health and eating fried chicken.

Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across…

Gunman arrested after taking hostages at UK bowling alley

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LONDON — A gunman who reportedly held two employees at a bowling alley hostage was arrested Sunday night after armed police moved in. He was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Typhoon brings heavy rain to western Japan, approaches Tokyo

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TOKYO — A powerful typhoon was heading toward Japan's main islands early Monday, already bringing heavy rain to western Japan and slightly injuring at least five people.

The Latest: Hostage situation at English shopping mall ends

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LONDON — The Latest on police activity at a central England shopping center: (all times local):; 7:35 p.m. Officials say the hostage incident at a bowling alley in England has ended with the arrest of a gunman who was treated at the scene…

France: 8 charged in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

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PARIS — Eight people suspected of belonging to a French far-right extremist group have been given preliminary terror charges for allegedly plotting attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants.

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Jordan's king endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

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AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's king on Sunday endorsed a fledgling Palestinian reconciliation agreement that is meant to end a decade-old political and ideological split between rivals Hamas and Fatah.

Bernie Sanders to rally with candidates in Somerville, Cambridge

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BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is planning to rally with candidates running for city council, school board and the board of aldermen in Somerville and Cambridge.

Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

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DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to…

The Latest: Japan ruling bloc retains two-thirds majority

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TOKYO — The Latest on Japan's parliamentary election (all times local):; 2:20 a.m. Japan's public television NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in the 465-member lower house in Sunday's…

Young father killed after he was struck by a rock allegedly thrown from Michigan overpass

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A man was just minutes from home after a 2 hour commute from his construction job when he was struck and killed by a rock allegedly thrown by teenagers from a Michigan overpass.

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How wounds suffered in search for Bergdahl changed 3 lives

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RALEIGH, N.C. — One soldier who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl uses a wheelchair now, unable to speak because of a head wound. Another still can't fully use his right hand. Still another searcher saw a leg wound from enemy fire end…

Spain: Taking control of Catalonia means big power transfer

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BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to use to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region.

The Latest: UK bowling alley patrons let go, 2 workers held

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LONDON — The Latest on police activity at a central England shopping center: (all times local):; 5:55 p.m. An executive for a bowling alley company says a gunman is holding two staff members hostage at a chain location in central England.

Air Force: No plans to recall retired pilots to fix shortage

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WASHINGTON — The Air Force says it doesn't plan on using new flexibility under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to address a pilot shortage by recalling retired pilots.

Georgia town to honor graves of more than 1,100 blacks

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Discriminated against in life, they were forgotten by their community in death, buried in unmarked graves in the back of the Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia.

Palestinian festival drops film over director's Israel trips

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian film festival on Sunday canceled the screening of a movie by a Lebanese-French director following pressure by activists who opposed his previous work in Israel.

2 bowling alley staff 'taken hostage' in central England

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LONDON — Police in central England warned the public to stay away Sunday from a shopping center where a gunman reportedly took two employees at a bowling alley hostage.

Vegas rebranding shows difficulty of messaging after tragedy

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LAS VEGAS — As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas tourism officials moved quickly to protect their…

38 accuse writer/director James Toback of sexual harassment

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LOS ANGELES — Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing "Bugsy," has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.

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Police warn public away from central England shopping center

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LONDON — Police in central England warned the public to stay away from a shopping center where British media reports said a man with a shotgun has taken hostages at a bowling alley Sunday.

The Latest: Russia accuses US of 'barbaric' bombing of Raqqa

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BEIRUT — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local):; 7 p.m. Russia's Defense Ministry says the Syrian city of Raqqa, formerly the self-declared capital of the Islamic State group, has been devastated as much as Dresden in World War…

6-year-old boy shot his toddler brother in the head

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(PHILADELPHIA) — Police in Philadelphia say a 3-year-old is in critical condition after being shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother.

Weinstein built access to models, some say

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LOS ANGELES — It was the kind of evening Zoe Brock was accustomed to, an intimate dinner party at an Art Deco hotel on a waterfront avenue in Cannes. The Australian model was ushered to an empty seat at a long table on a lush patio…