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Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

BOSTON (AP) - Wynn and Mohegan Sun have responded to a series of terms and conditions state gambling regulators seek to impose should either casino plan win the Boston-area casino license.

Mohegan Sun, in a letter released Monday, said it has secured $100 million more in equity for its proposed casino at the Suffolk Downs horse racing track in Revere, as the commission requested.

But it declined to market the Revere casino in Connecticut, where its flagship casino is located. Instead, Mohegan Sun proposes expanding those efforts to Maine and to honor any gambling promotions from its other casino properties at the Revere resort.

Wynn, meanwhile, rebuffed the panel's request to re-design its soaring glass hotel tower. It did, however, submit a revised plan to pay for area traffic improvements, especially in nearby Sullivan Square.


GOP candidate calls for electronic balloting

BOSTON (AP) - Republican candidate for state secretary David D'Arcangelo is pledging to bring electronic balloting to Massachusetts and make public records more readily available if elected.

D'Arcangelo is challenging longtime incumbent state Secretary William Galvin.

D'Arcangelo held a press conference outside the Massachusetts Statehouse Monday next to a life-size cardboard cutout of Galvin. He said the Democrat is behind the times and the office should embrace new technologies.

D'Arcangelo said secure computer terminals could be set up at polling locations and even overseas to allow service members to vote without having to mail back paper ballots.

Galvin said he's proud that Massachusetts has paper ballots that voters fill out themselves and place directly into ballot boxes.

He said many states that adopted electronic balloting have since abandoned the technology.

The election is Nov. 4.


Democratic Quincy mayor backing GOP's Baker

BOSTON (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has won the backing of the Democratic mayor of Quincy.

Tom Koch, who supported Steve Grossman in the Democratic primary, plans to formally announce his endorsement of Baker Tuesday at the Quincy Center for Innovation.

Koch said Baker understands the challenges and opportunities facing Quincy and other Massachusetts cities.

Reaching out to moderate Democrats and independent voters is critical if Baker hopes to prevail over Democratic Martha Coakley and three other candidates for the state's top office.

Coakley is planning to visit Lawrence on Tuesday to join with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and union members at an early education center.

A little more than 35 percent of voters are registered as Democrats while fewer than 11 percent are registered Republicans.

The election is Nov. 4.


Bombing suspect's lawyers: Didn't pose as FBI

BOSTON (AP) - Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are denying as "false" and "preposterous" an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia.

Prosecutors said the allegation came from the Russian government, which expelled the investigators. It was included in a court filing Friday opposing a defense request to delay Tsarnaev's Nov. 3 trial.

The defense attorneys responded Monday that "at no time have members of the defense team misrepresented themselves or lied about their work." They said that by repeating "reckless allegations" prosecutors are making it more difficult for them to prepare for a fair trial.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 others. He could face the death penalty.


Lawyer: Mom in dead infants case in prison unit

BOSTON (AP) - The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her squalid, vermin-infested home says his client is in a prison treatment unit for women who could pose a danger to themselves.

Erika Murray has pleaded not guilty to several charges including fetal death concealment and permitting substantial injury to a child.

Investigators are awaiting the results of testing on the remains by the state's medical examiner.

Four other children, ages 6 months to 13 years, were removed from Murray's Blackstone home by the state's child welfare agency about two weeks before a police search revealed the remains of the infants.

Murray's court-appointed lawyer, Keith Halpern, said Monday he was skeptical of whether forensic testing of the remains could conclusively determine whether the babies were stillborn.


Suspect in 2 Boston rapes pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A Dedham man charged with raping two women a decade ago has pleaded not guilty and been ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Dwayne McNair had once been set free because DNA testing could not differentiate him from his twin brother. He was arraigned Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.

He is charged with eight counts of aggravated rape and two counts of armed robbery for assaults on two women just days apart in September 2004.

McNair had been scheduled for trial earlier this year, but those proceedings and the indictments were withdrawn.

He was re-indicted earlier this month after expensive, cutting-edge DNA testing identified him as a suspect and ruled out his twin.

McNair's attorney says he has questions about the new tests' reliability and acceptability.

Another man who pleaded guilty to the rapes implicated McNair as a co-conspirator.


Ebola patient in Nebraska bored in isolation room

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola say that as he improves, he's getting bored in his isolation room.

Debbie Sacra says the Nebraska Medical Center brought in a chess board, books and a Nerf basketball hoop to help entertain her husband, Dr. Rick Sacra.

The 51-year-old has been hospitalized since Sept. 5 as he recovers from the deadly disease he contracted while working at a hospital in Liberia.

Debbie Sacra said Monday her husband is becoming mentally sharper every day but still tires easily.

Another American aid worker is being treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, and two other doctors were treated for Ebola there previously.

More than 2,200 deaths have reported during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


State police cruiser struck, driver charged

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been charged with operating under the influence after state police say he crashed into a cruiser in Worcester.

Authorities say a trooper was working a paid detail, and was inside his cruiser on Monday night when it was struck from behind.

The trooper did not appear to suffer any serious injuries, but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. His name was not immediately released.

State police say the cruiser was stationary in the left lane when it was hit. It sustained heavy damage.

They've charged 25-year-old Zachary Dion.

The Fitchburg man will be arraigned at Worcester District Court.


Brothers plead guilty in stolen cooking oil case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two Cranston brothers have pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell 200,000 gallons of cooking oil stolen from restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The U.S. attorney said Monday 78-year-old Andrew Jeremiah and his 72-year-old brother Bruce pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully transport stolen goods. They own Jeremiah Motors Corp. and Removal Services and Green Energy in Central Falls.

Prosecutors say co-defendant Anthony Simone Sr. in 2011 and 2012 regularly visited businesses where cooking oil could be found and pumped it, overnight, into a truck registered to Jeremiah Motors. It was taken to the Jeremiahs' Central Falls facility.

The brothers sold it to a New Hampshire company specializing in processing it for use in animal feed and biofuel.

Simone is being sentenced in the case in October.


Chafee sees state as future leader in wind energy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Lincoln Chafee says Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm.

Rhode Island officials had hoped Cape Wind would use New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island's Quonset Point for the staging and construction of a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, bringing jobs and economic activity to both states. Cape Wind announced Friday it had signed a lease agreement with Massachusetts.

A spokesman says the company is keeping its lease option at Quonset in case it needs to use both ports.

Chafee says Rhode Island will become a leader in the industry as projects for Rhode Island energy developer Deepwater Wind move forward.


Court: Tesla Motors can sell directly to buyers

BOSTON (AP) - The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.

The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from abuses by car manufacturers.

The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled Monday that the association and two dealers - Herb Connolly Chevrolet and Fisker Norwood - didn't have legal standing to bring the case.

The court said Natick has since given Tesla a license to operate a sales office at the Natick Mall.


Gov. Patrick heading to London for trade mission

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is spending the day zipping around London as part of his latest trade mission.

Patrick's crowded Tuesday schedule includes meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

He's also planning to participate in a financial services round table, discuss partnership opportunities between Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, and make an announcement about to community college partnerships.

Patrick will also meet with London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The governor spent part of the weekend in Denmark, including a tour of the Lilligrund Wind Farm off the coast with business leaders in the offshore wind industry.

After visiting London, Patrick's European tour continues in France with stops in Paris and Lyon.

It's his fourth major trade mission this year.

The trip wraps up on Friday.


Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tour

NEW YORK (AP) - New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.

He announced Monday he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December. They will be his first series of shows in the U.S. since 1976. His conversion to Islam followed, putting his music career on hold for a quarter century. He's also releasing a blues album on Oct. 27 produced by Rick Rubin, titled "Tell 'Em I'm Gone."

Stevens is using that stage name along with Yusuf, the name he took when he converted. The performer of 1970s-era hits "Wild World," ''Morning Has Broken" and "Peace Train" slowly broke back into secular music during the past decade, and has performed his old songs in concerts outside the U.S.

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