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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez looks back as he sits next to his attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)

Hernandez trial expected to take 6 to 10 weeks

The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday at what is likely to be the former NFL star’s final hearing before trial begins next month.

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers invoke McVeigh

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are again drawing parallels between the media coverage of their client’s case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in an effort to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts.

FILE - In this July 12, 2007 file photo, a piping plover runs along a beach in the Quonochontaug Conservation Area in Westerly, R.I. (AP Photo/File, Steven Senne)

Officials working to protect plovers from vehicles

Piping plovers and off-road vehicles don’t mix well, but federal officials are working with the town of Orleans to improve beach access to drivers while protecting vulnerable plover chicks.

(Photo Credit: Charlestown Police Department)

Charlestown police investigate two weekend crashes

According to police, a red pickup truck somehow lost control and struck a broken down vehicle. Hours later, a second accident happened when the driver lost control of a car and struck a utility pole.

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Last minute shopping at Warwick Mall

The final weekend before Christmas, shoppers at the Warwick Mall used their final nuggets of free time to put lines through shrinking shopping lists.

New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray (35) celebrates with teammate James Develin (46) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Patriots beat Jets to clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after the Patriots intercepted Geno Smith, and New England clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

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Man dies in Pawtucket house fire

The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s office confirms one person has died after a fire Sunday afternoon in Pawtucket.

(Photo courtesy: David G. Curran / SatelliteNewsService.com)

Sagamore Bridge closed after crash

A bridge to Cape Cod has been temporarily shut down after tractor-trailer struck construction scaffolding on the span.

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URI gets grants for technology purchases

The University of Rhode Island has been awarded three grants totaling more than $400,000 to buy state-of-the-art technology to support teaching and research.