The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating what the bankruptcy trustee calls a fraud, one with “many of the characteristics of a Ponzi scheme,” which ensnared the MBTA retirement fund and also three Louisiana public pension funds.
The US economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously believed.
Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target’s security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its site and call centers.
Globe Santa has been making Christmas merrier since 1956, and for more than half its history, Eddie Doyle has been part of the effort.
The battle of the bands pits ‘‘Roadrunner,’’ an ode to the joys of driving on Route 128 late at night by the Modern Lovers, against Aerosmith’s ballad ‘‘Dream On’’ as the official state rock song of Massachusetts.
The aquarium was presented with the rare pup from Alaska, where it was found motherless, underweight, and dehydrated, the aquarium said.
Five more Vermont colleges will start offering early college programs to high school students starting next year. Vermont Technical College has been offering its Vermont Academy of Science and Technology program for 25 years. Starting next fall, eligible high school seniors can also attend college while finishing high school tuition-free at Burlington College, Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, and Lyndon State College.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge on Thursday ordered a mental competency evaluation for a Guantanamo prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 attacks who has repeatedly disrupted pretrial proceedings in recent days, freezing preparations for a trial that has already been plagued by delays.The request for an evaluation by government doctors of Ramzi Binalshibh came at the request of prosecutors, and over the objections of his defense team, who say a psychiatrist previously determined the defendant does not suffer from a psychiatric disorder.Binalshibh has been ejected from a pretrial hearing four times this week as he refused orders from the judge to stop trying to address the court.
KHARTOUM, Sudan — One of two Sudanese Guantanamo detainees who arrived home Thursday after release from the U.S.-run facility in Cuba said his jailers had ‘‘systematically tortured’’ him, with punishment ‘‘doubled’’ for those who attempted hunger strikes.Ibrahim Idris made his remarks in a news conference in Khartoum, hours after arriving in a U.S. military plane along with Noor Othman Mohammed.Mohammed pleaded guilty in February 2011 to terrorism offenses in a plea deal that spared him the possibility of a life sentence. He was sentenced to 14 years, and all but 34 months were suspended.Idris is mentally ill and has spent much of his 11 years at Guantanamo in psychiatric treatment. A federal judge ordered his release after the U.S. dropped its opposition in October.
THE HAGUE — All the elements for ridding Syria of its declared stockpile of toxic chemicals are in place but the unprecedented effort could be delayed, an official from the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday after the group’s executive council reviewed the plan.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ 41-nation council asked Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu to report back Jan. 7 on progress in executing the Syrian plan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.According to a detailed timetable agreed upon earlier, the most toxic chemicals in Syria’s weapons program — including precursors for sarin nerve gas — were to have been removed from the country by Dec. 31 and Syria’s entire chemical weapons program should be history by mid-2014.
LOS ANGELES — Longtime Los Angeles school teacher Rose ‘‘Mama G’’ Gilbert has died at age 95, just 10 months after retiring. Mrs. Gilbert died Monday night, the principal’s office at Palisades Charter High School confirmed. The school’s flag was lowered Tuesday. ‘‘As you all know, her generosity and lasting impact on generations of students is truly legendary,’’ said Palisades Charter High School executive director and principal Pam Magee in an e-mail to faculty. Mrs. Gilbert taught at the school from the day it opened in 1961. In her classroom, Mrs. Gilbert shared her passion for poetry and literature with more than five generations of students.
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