PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY-BOSTON
Mass. marks Pearl Harbor anniversary
BOSTON (AP) - More than 200 people have gathered at a decommissioned U.S. Navy destroyer stationed in Boston to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into World War II.
National Park Service spokesman Sean Hennessey says Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Tabbut participated in Saturday afternoon's service on the USS Cassin Young. The ship is named for a U.S. Navy commander who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the surprise Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.
The 90-year-old Tabbut, of Winthrop, was 18-years-old and working as a U.S. Navy radio operator on Ford Island during the attacked 72 years ago.
Those who attended the Boston ceremony include the commander of the Navy's oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution and Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee.
Boston police officer wounded, suspect dead
BOSTON (AP) - One man is dead and a Boston police officer is nursing a gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire in the city's Dorchester neighborhood.
Boston Police spokeswoman Nicole Grant says the shooting occurred Saturday afternoon. The incident began with officers talking to two people. One man pushed an officer and both suspects began to run, with one of the men opening fire on police.
Grant says a bullet hit an officer in the arm and police returned fire, fatally wounding one of the men fleeing the scene.
Investigators are questioning the surviving suspect. The stricken officer suffered a non-life-threatening injury.
Police did not immediately release the names of the officer or those of the dead suspect and the one being questioned.
The shooting occurred near the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Westville Street.
HIT AND RUN FATAL
Pedestrian killed in suspected hit and run in Vt.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Police say a Vermont man has died in a suspected hit and run in Brattleboro, Vt.
Police say 64-year-old Eugene Narratt of Maynard, Mass., was walking in a city neighborhood Friday evening when he was struck. Authorities say the vehicle reportedly left the scene.
Narratt was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he later died of his injuries.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE-NEW ENGLAND
Mass., Conn., RI senators want more jobless help
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are among 32 lawmakers who sent a joint letter to Senate leaders, urging Congress to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.
About 1.3 million Americans will lose benefits if lawmakers don't act. Millions more will not secure benefits if they exhaust their initial 26 weeks of unemployment insurance.
The senators say in their letter that unemployment insurance has provided more than $255 billion in direct support to those who lost their jobs since July 2008, at the height of the current economic recession.
The senators say an Economic Policy Institute analysis shows expiration of the joblessness benefit will cost the economy 310 jobs and slow growth by 0.2 over next year.
Mass. congressional hopefuls making final pitches
BOSTON (AP) - Voters in the 5th Congressional District are heading to the polls this week to decide the latest in a string of special elections in Massachusetts.
The race pits Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose against Republican Frank Addivinola, a Boston attorney. Both won their respective party primaries in October.
The two have staked out very different positions in the low-profile contest.
The victor will fill the seat vacated by Edward Markey, who resigned after winning a special election to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat. Kerry had stepped down to become secretary of state.
Two other candidates are on the ballot - Wellesley resident James Aulenti and Arlington resident James Hall.
Massachusetts currently has an all-Democratic congressional delegation.
The winner of Tuesday's election will face re-election next year.
Republican Fisher enters Mass. race for governor
SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) - A Shrewsbury business owner says he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in Massachusetts.
Mark Fisher, who has never sought elective office, announced his candidacy in a recent press release.
Charles Baker, the former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the 2010 GOP nominee for governor, is running again for the office.
Fisher said his first priority as governor would be to remove all tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
On his website, Fisher describes himself as a member of the tea party and a political outsider.
He reported a campaign account balance of just under $45,000 in a recent filing with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Car crashes into Cambridge building, kills driver
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Waltham man is dead after his vehicle left the road, went through a fence and crashed into a building in Cambridge, trapping the seriously injured driver.
State police say in a statement released Saturday that investigators are trying to figure out why the car crashed into a house on Concord Turnpike Friday night.
Authorities say 40-year-old Theodore Ohene-Addo, of Waltham, was seriously injured and was trapped in the heavily-damaged car. He was alone in the vehicle and was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, where physicians later pronounced him dead.
State police investigators are looking into circumstances and facts of the crash.
State police say Cambridge officers notified them of the crash at 11:10 p.m. Friday. Rescue workers left the scene by 2:30 a.m.
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