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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Massachusetts at 9:30 p.m.

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BOSTON — A Massachusetts chemist accused of deliberately faking test results on drug samples in criminal cases has been indicted on 27 charges, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said. Annie Dookhan, 35, of Franklin, was indicted by a grand jury on 17 counts of obstruction of justice, eight counts of tampering with evidence, perjury and pretending to hold a college degree. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie.


BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing pressure on state lawmakers to pass a bill he said would place further restrictions on access to guns in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Patrick's bill, which he initially filed several years ago, would restrict licensed gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month. The bill would also clamp down on so-called "straw purchasers" who buy guns legally and then resell them to convicted felons and others barred from owning guns. By Steve LeBlanc.


BOSTON — A Boston man has been convicted of killing four people, including a 2-year-old boy in his mother's arms, during a drug-related robbery that shocked the city two years ago. It was the second trial for Dwayne Moore, who shook his head as the verdict was read in Suffolk Superior Court. His first trial in March ended with a hung jury, and a second suspect was acquitted.


NEW YORK — Two former hedge fund managers were convicted Monday of insider trading charges, including allegations that one of them had made as much as $50 million on a tip about Dell earnings. Todd Newman of Needham, Mass., and Anthony Chiasson of Manhattan were convicted in federal court in Manhattan after a five-week trial that included testimony from two analysts for the men. The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations. By Larry Neumeister.


BOSTON — Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter for Facebook's troubled public stock offering, has agreed to pay $5 million to Massachusetts' securities regulators after they accused it of disclosing a revenue shortfall only to certain analysts and not the general public.



PASADENA, Calif. — A pair of NASA spacecraft crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole on Monday, bringing a deliberate end to a mission that peered into the lunar interior. Afterward, NASA said it had dedicated the final resting spot in honor of mission team member, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space who died earlier this year. By design, the impact site was far away from the Apollo landings and other historical sites. Mission chief scientist Maria Zuber of the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology approached Ride's family about a month ago about naming the impact site. By Science Writer Alicia Chang.

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— KERRY-PATRICK — Gov. Deval Patrick says he's begun speaking to potential candidates about temporarily filling Sen. John Kerry's seat if President Obama taps Kerry to serve as secretary of state.

— MBTA GENERAL MANAGER — The MBTA's new general manager is spending her first day on the job.

— GAS PRICES-MASS — The average price of gasoline has fallen again in Massachusetts, but still remains higher than the national average.

— DRUG ARRESTS — More than 30 people are under arrest and others are being sought after a police crackdown on drug dealing in the town of Ware.

— GLOUCESTER FATAL — A Gloucester woman faces several charges after a fatal weekend crash in the city.

— ELECTORAL COLLEGE-MASSACHUSETTS — President Barack Obama's re-election is about to become official.

— COLLEGE STUDENT-THREAT — A student at Holy Cross College in Worcester has been charged with making an online threat against a movie theater in Massachusetts.

— FATAL HEAD-ON CRASH — Authorities are trying to learn more about a third car that may have been involved in a fatal head-on crash in Westminster.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-SECURITY-MASSACHUSETTS — Some Massachusetts schools are enhancing security, while others are reviewing their safety procedures.



FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots nearly matched the biggest comeback in NFL regular-season history. Instead, they lost 41-34 to the San Francisco 49ers, ending their seven-game winning streak and dealing a big blow to their chances for a playoff bye. By Howard Ulman.