The family of the illegal immigrant accused of dragging a Milford man to his death last summer will be questioned by authorities.
BOSTON - The former Middlesex County register of probate has been allowed to keep his $39,000 a year public pension even though he was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from office copy machines.
BOURNE ? Bourne High School is on lockdown right now. There is a heavy police presence right across the street from where the school buses park.
UNDERCOVER - State and local investigators have launched wide-ranging investigations of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, including looking at a private real estate deal that netted two Commission managers a $600,000 profit, FOX Undercover has learned.
BURLINGTON ? An arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher Piantedosi, the man authorities believe is responsible for the stabbing death of a woman right in front of their children.
ROCKPORT - Police dogs have searched a Rockport, Mass., beach where a toddler disappeared, after a citizen's dog reacted to stimuli there.
NEW YORK ? In a story Dec. 5 about legal liability in a deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment, The Associated Press misidentified a lawyer who represented a Staten Island Ferry pilot involved in a 2003 wreck. He is Alan Abramson, not Andrew Abramson.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Prosecutors face tough choices in NYC derailment
Prosecutors face difficult choices in NYC train derailment; drowsy driving not always a crime
By DAVID B. CARUSO
WASHINGTON ? The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents.
In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or at least make them more difficult to defend in lawsuits.
Justices decided to hear an appeal from electronic marketplace Alice Corp., in its attempt to patent its computer-implemented escrow systems, software, and methods. It is being challenged by CLS Bank International.
Nelson Mandela led black South Africans in their struggle to throw off the yoke of white rule and then helped the entire nation heal the wounds of racial division.
But his message of perseverance, respect and forgiveness didn't just heal South Africa. He also inspired people in countries far and wide in their fights against authoritarian rule.
NEW YORK ? Good news was finally good news for the stock market on Friday.
Stocks rose sharply in afternoon trading after a fourth straight month of solid U.S. job gains, the latest encouraging sign for the economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 200 points, or 1.3 percent, at 16,020 as of 1:50 p.m. Eastern time.
The rise snapped a five-day losing streak, with the strengthening job market shifting the focus of investors to growth rather than the fate of the Federal Reserve's huge stimulus program.
WASHINGTON ? The U.S. job market is proving surprisingly resilient.
Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. The robust gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil ? The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup that will take the Americans on a lengthy 9,000-mile trip around Brazil.
Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn Friday into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.