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May 11, 2014

Protest over Nigerian kidnappings attracts 2,000

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied outside the State House in Boston in a growing international outrage over the failure of Nigeria’s government to rescue 276 girls kidnapped by Islamic extremists.

The girls were seized from a school on April 15 by Boko Haram, which seeks to impose Islamic law in the west African nation. That is despite the fact that Nigeria’s population of 170 million is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.

Yesterday’s “Bring Back Our Girls” rally in Boston attracted about 2,000 people. It was organized by the local Nigerian community.

American, British and French military and security experts are in Nigeria to help in efforts to rescue the girls after the Nigerian military failed to free them from the terrorist network.

American Idol’ finalist gets royal treatment

MONT VERNON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man who’s one of top three contestants on “American Idol” received a big homecoming in the Granite State yesterday.

Alex Preston of Mont Vernon was honored at a Town Hall ceremony attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

A parade yesterday afternoon in Durham was followed by a concert at the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire, where Preston was a student.

State to mark eradication of beetle from Boston

BOSTON — State and federal officials are gathering in Boston to celebrate the eradication of the destructive Asian longhorned beetle in the city.

State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and elected officials to discuss the success tomorrow at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.

Boston joins only five other areas declared free of the invasive insect.

A small beetle infestation was discovered on the grounds of Faulkner Hospital in July 2010.

The invasive species was first detected in Massachusetts in 2008.

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