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ARGYLE TOWNSHIP — A summer camp’s van pulling a trailer loaded with canoes overturned on a highway yesterday, killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring 12 other persons, authorities said. Two persons were in critical condition.

The boy died at the scene, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The van from Camp Serene Springs in Bethel, N.Y., was carrying 11 campers and two counselors for a trip to Maine so campers could canoe the Penobscot River and hike Mount Katahdin. The campers were all boys ages 14 to 18.

The van overturned at least once on Interstate 95 and came to a rest upright about 7 a.m., Mr. McCausland said.

State troopers were investigating the crash.

MASSACHUSETTS

Ex-professor of MIT on trial in shooting

CAMBRIDGE — A former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology went on trial yesterday in a case that hinges on whether he shot himself and attempted to frame his son in a long-running family feud.

The case of John J. Donovan, who taught business at MIT for three decades until leaving in 1997 to found a consulting firm, has attracted attention because of his connection to the prestigious science university and his prominence as an authority on business and technology.

Mr. Donovan was sitting in his car outside his consulting firm in December 2005 when he called police to say someone had shot him. He had one bullet wound in his abdomen, which hit no organs and which doctors described as “superficial,” prosecutors said.

Mr. Donovan, now 65, said his assailants were two masked men. But Massachusetts authorities say the business consultant shot himself with a plan to pin the crime on his son, with whom he had been locked in a long-running dispute over real estate.

Mr. Donovan was charged with filing a false police report. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $500.

MONTANA

Fire evacuees get brief visits to homes

HELENA — Residents evacuated from the vicinity of a large southwestern Montana wildfire were briefly allowed to return yesterday to check on their homes and gather belongings, as firefighters braced for worsening weather.

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