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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with threatening to kill police officers and their families in retaliation for the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York. Twenty-eight-year-old… Read more

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 WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Middlesex County grand jury has indicted a 28-year-old man in connection with the killings of two brothers in Lowell. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said on Friday that Dara Poum of Chelsea was indicted on… Read more

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 FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Michael Brown has been restored by his supporters, after it was apparently hit by a car. Social media reports about damage to the memorial started early Friday. Supporters were out before dawn… Read more

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter’s Square. Vatican spokesman the Rev…. Read more

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photo courtesy WHDH HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Police say someone stole a baby Jesus statue from a Nativity scene on Christmas morning and replaced it with a real pig’s head. Authorities say the statue was taken from in front of Sacred Hearts… Read more

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AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Disaster-response officials say more than 60,000 people have been evacuated… Read more

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Charles DiRosa, photo Chicopee Police Dep. EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A retired East Windsor police officer is being investigated in connection with allegations he asked “law enforcement friends” to kill a Chicopee, Massachusetts, man accused… Read more

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By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists are urging federal regulators to go further to protect fish habitat in New England waters as the regulators finalize a long-anticipated management plan. The New England… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — The streetlights on some state roadways are going green. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation says it plans to replace about one-third of its streetlight fixtures around the state with more efficient… Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congressman says a new law proposed in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing will help strengthen intelligence-sharing among federal, state and local law agencies. U.S. Rep. William Keating says the… Read more

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(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Columbia Pictures) NEW YORK (AP) — One man who went to the movies on Christmas Day in New York to see “The Interview” says he liked the film — but even more than that, Derek Carpel (kahr-PEHL’) says he liked the… Read more

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By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning says he plans to return to the Denver Broncos in 2015 for his 18th NFL season. Manning was asked during his weekly news conference Wednesday if there was a set… Read more

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AP Photo/Brennan Linsley HONOLULU (AP) — A rare blizzard that dusted two island mountaintops gave tourists and residents in Hawaii a white Christmas. The blizzard has eased, but strong winds are blowing the snow around on two Big Island… Read more

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photo MGN-Online HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital on Christmas Day after experiencing shortness of breath two days ago. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday that the 90-year-old Bush… Read more

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is focusing his attention on all those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out the refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine. On a day that brings… Read more