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BOSTON | An ex-convict was ordered held without bail Tuesday as a prosecutor described how he allegedly fatally shot four people, including a 2-year-old boy and his mother, during a drug robbery in Boston.

In a courtroom packed with friends and relatives of the victims, not guilty pleas were entered for Dwayne Moore, 33, on charges of murder, armed robbery and home invasion.

Moore, who prosecutors said was released from prison earlier this year after serving a 10 to 15-year sentence for manslaughter, did not appear in the courtroom. He stood behind a door that was slightly open so he could hear the charges, but he was not visible to most people in the courtroom.

Moore’s court-appointed attorney, John Amabile, said his client “vehemently denies” any involvement in the slayings.


Sea lion killing halted at dam

PORTLAND | A federal appeals court has halted the killing of sea lions who make fast food of endangered salmon and steelhead at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that federal agencies haven’t adequately explained how they reached inconsistent conclusions about the issue.

The court questioned how the agencies can say hungry sea lions are a threat to fish survival, but not target human fishing that takes many more salmon and steelhead.

In the past decade, growing numbers of sea lions have found easy pickings among fish waiting to head upriver at Bonneville Dam.

In 2008, the federal government allowed the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to kill the hungriest of the sea lions. So far, two dozen have been captured and given lethal injections.


Lesbian’s return to Air Force appealed

SEATTLE | Lawyers for a lesbian flight nurse discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy say she can rejoin the Air Force even as the government appeals a judge’s ruling that gave her her job back.

The Justice Department on Tuesday appealed a federal judge’s order that found Maj. Margaret Witt’s discharge was unconstitutional because it advanced no legitimate military goals.

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