Sunday June 16, 2013

Massachusetts:

Worcester police investigating pair's death

WORCESTER (AP) -- Police say they’re investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies they found in a Worcester home as a case of apparent murder-suicide.

Around 11:35 p.m. Friday, officers discovered both dead of apparent gunshot wounds in a Lamar Avenue home after a woman asked police to check on her friend’s welfare.

Police didn’t identify the victims, saying next-of-kin notifications weren’t finished. But they said the woman, who was 47, and the man, who was 42, had been dating for a while.

Police didn’t say what evidence they seized.

Massachusetts:

Judge orders release of records to Globe

BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered Homeland Security officials to release certain immigration records following a newspaper’s 2012 lawsuit.

The Boston Globe was seeking names of "convicted criminal aliens" who were not deported after completing their sentences because their homelands wouldn’t take them back.

A 2001 Supreme Court decision says people who are set for deportation can’t be detained more than six months when their removal isn’t likely in the near future.

The government argued against the release of thousands of names, saying it would be a privacy invasion.


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The Globe’s editor says in Saturday’s newspaper that the public should know when the government frees criminals who were supposed to be deported.

Massachusetts:

Police: Man in wheelchair killed in hit-and-run

SOMERSET AP) -- Police are looking for a motorist who fled a crash in Somerset that killed a man in a wheelchair.

Authorities say the hit-and-run happened around 11:43 p.m. Friday on Read Street near Southway Drive.

Investigators said at first that the suspect’s vehicle could be a gray Toyota, possibly a Corolla with damage to its right front end.

Later Saturday, they said further investigation led them to focus on finding a Toyota Avalon manufactured between 1997 and 1999.

Authorities identified the deceased as 65-year-old local resident James Moore, who lived about a quarter-mile from the crash scene.

New York:

Bill would expand NY gambling casinos

ALBANY (AP) -- New York’s casino expansion bill being negotiated behind closed doors has a new provision that would expand gambling even if voters reject the proposal to build more casinos.

A copy of the revised bill obtained Saturday by The Associated Press includes a provision that would authorize video slot machine centers in New York City’s outer boroughs and as many as three or four sites upstate. The bill provides for the video slot casinos with up to 5,000 machines.

The bill hasn’t yet been released. It is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.

Cuomo has said that getting public approval for a constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-type casinos would be difficult.