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Experts have identified the remains of a soldier from Massachusetts who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the the Philippines during World War II. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday that Army Pfc. Arthur L. Pierce, of Malden, was accounted for in July through mitochondrial DNA analysis as well as anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence. The 26-year-old Pierce was captured in 1942, endured the Bataan Death March, and died in the Cabanatuan camp. Pierce will be buried in Augusta, Maine, at a future date.

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A 27-year-old man who authorities suspect was involved in the killings of a Massachusetts couple has been arrested in Florida. Authorities say Christopher Keeley of Weymouth, Mass. was arrested Friday night in Miami Beach. Prosecutors say Carl Mattson and Vicki Mattson, both 70, were found dead in their Marshfield home on Nov. 29 by police responding to a request for a well-being check. They appeared to have been stabbed and beaten. Autopsy results are pending. Authorities say the suspect and the couple knew each other but have not disclosed a motive in the killings.

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An American service member who survived the notorious Bataan Death March during World War II but later died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp has finally been accounted for. Military officials announced Friday that the remains of Army Air Forces Pvt. Joseph E. Lescaut, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, were identified in August using mitochondrial DNA analysis as well as dental and anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Lescaut was reported captured in the Philippines in 1942. After the 65-mile forced march, he died in July 1942. Lescaut will now be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

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Rhode Island has become the latest state to allow recreational marijuana sales. Customers started lining up to buy recreational marijuana in the state early Thursday morning, a little more than six months after Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation permitting such sales to people 21 and older. Five stores are currently allowed to sell recreational cannabis products, but the state could eventually have dozens more. They are in Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth and Warwick. All five stores had already been selling medical marijuana. The co-owner of Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket said the store opened earlier than normal on Thursday and business has been brisk.


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