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Governor: State is in 'relatively good shape'...Convictions from civil rights era tossed...Fugitive caught



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BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts says the state has come out of this week's blizzard "in relatively good shape." Boston is accustomed to big snowstorms -- and with plenty of warning that the blizzard was coming, officials mobilized thousands of snowplows. And the National Guard was called in to ensure a speedy recovery. Although forecasters are apologizing for predicting blizzard conditions that didn't materialize in New York and Philadelphia, they're being praised on the streets of Boston for anticipating what was coming.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has tossed out the convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement. Judge Mark Hayes today made the ruling for the men known as the Friendship 9. Fifty-four-years ago, eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and protesting at the store. They opted for a month of hard labor in a chain gang rather than allow bail money to be posted for them by civil rights groups.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says the agency never installed surveillance cameras to photograph vehicle license plates near gun shows. The idea was proposed in an internal DEA email as part of an effort to investigate gun-trafficking crimes. The agency's administrator says the plan was only a suggestion, never authorized by her agency and never put into action.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter wanted by federal authorities for more than two years has been arrested in Florida. The U.S. Marshals Service in Columbus, Ohio, says the agency tracked down Tommy Thompson at a hotel in Palm Beach County. He made history in 1988 when he found what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history, the sunken SS Central America. A civil warrant was issued in 2012 after he failed to show up for a court hearing involving investors who say they were duped by him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general is promising a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress. Loretta Lynch is appearing before a Senate panel that will consider her nomination to be the nation's first female black attorney general. Republicans say the current attorney general, Eric Holder, has been too willing to follow President Barack Obama's political agenda.

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