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December 6, 2012

Massachusetts News Briefs

Mass. man accused of sex abuse of 13 children

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor says a 49-year-old convicted sex offender has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused 13 young children in the care of his wife's child care business and videotaped the acts.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone called the case the worst he has seen. Leone said Thursday the alleged victims of John Burbine ranged from 8 days to 3½ years old, and many were assaulted while Burbine was caring for them in their homes. He said Burbine has been in custody since late September as authorities investigated. He faces more than 100 criminal counts.

Leone said Burbine's wife was unaware of the alleged abuse. She is charged with reckless child endangerment and operating an unlicensed child care business.

John Burbine's lawyer said his client will plead not guilty at his Dec. 12 arraignment.

No verdict in Cahill corruption trial after 3 days

BOSTON (AP) — The jury in the corruption trial of former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill has finished its third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

The Suffolk Superior Court jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon. Jurors left the courthouse at about 4 p.m. Thursday and are expected to resume deliberations Friday morning.

Cahill is charged with violating state ethics laws by orchestrating a scheme to air $1.5 million taxpayer-funded lottery ads to try to promote his failing 2010 independent gubernatorial campaign.

Cahill spent two days on the witness stand, testifying that he ran the ads to defend the lottery against Republican attack ads.

Cahill and his former campaign manager, Scott Campbell, face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Mayor cool to regional Mass. casino meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield's mayor is throwing cold water on a request by Holyoke's mayor for a regional meeting to discuss casino development.

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