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May 26, 2013

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---- — Judge denies Bulger’s bid for name of informant

BOSTON — A federal judge in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has denied a request by his lawyers to order prosecutors to name a confidential informant they hope can help undermine the credibility of two key government witnesses.

Bulger’s lawyers wanted U.S. District Judge Denise Casper to order prosecutors to turn over the name of the informant mentioned in an FBI report from 2000. They say the informant gave information about former Bulger associates Kevin Weeks and John Martorano that could contradict their testimony at trial.

In an order filed Friday, Casper denied the request, saying the informant is not the only person able to bolster or weaken the testimony of the government witnesses.

But Casper ordered prosecutors to turn over documents about any follow-up investigation on the informants allegations.

ME: Mom, son were chopped to death

BELMONT, N.H. — Authorities say a man and a woman whose bodies were discovered in a central New Hampshire home were those of a 39-year-old man and his mother, who were chopped to death.

The victims were identified as 59-year-old Priscilla Carter and her son, Timothy. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

Authorities say police responded to the Carter’s single-family home in Belmont on Friday and found the two bodies inside. Autopsies were performed Saturday.

The medical examiner’s office determined Priscilla Carter’s cause of death was multiple chop wounds and blunt force injuries, while Timothy Carter’s cause of death was multiple chop wounds. The office did not say what kind of weapon was used.

The killings remain under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Belmont is a small city of 7,000 residents about 25 miles north of Concord.

Rescuers look for pilot in deadly Angel Flight

EPHRATAH, N.Y. — Divers searched a large pond while investigators combed nearby woods Saturday for any sign of the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers.

The plane’s passengers were found dead Friday night near where the small plane crashed in Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany, Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said. The bulk of the plane was found submerged in a pond, he said.

Angel Flight is a nonprofit group that arranges free air transportation for sick patients from volunteer pilots. Larry Camerlin, president and founder of Angel Flight Northeast, said the organization was “tremendously saddened” by news of the crash.

The twin-engine Piper PA 34 had departed from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., and was headed to Rome, N.Y., before it crashed just after 5 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

Officials haven’t yet identified the passengers or pilot.

Cardinal O’Malley to ordain 5 priests

BOSTON — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has welcomed five new priests during an ordination ceremony attended by about 1,200 people.

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Saturday ordained the five men to priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

— Associated Press

O’Malley says the priesthood is a gift from God and he prays the new priests “inspire the current generation of young men” to consider the priesthood.

The new priests are John Augustine Cassani of Weymouth; Thomas Keith Macdonald of Westford; Jacques Antoine McGuffie of Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Gerald Alfred Souza of Plymouth; and Christopher William Wallace of Methuen.

The ordination ceremony was carried live on the Catholic TV Network.