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BOSTON — State energy regulators have fined three Massachusetts utilities nearly $25 million for their responses to two major storms in 2011.

The penalties were announced Tuesday by the Department of Public Utilities after a yearlong investigation.

Some customers were without power for a week after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and a surprise October snowstorm.

By far the biggest penalty was assessed against National Grid, fined $18.7 million. Department of Public Utilities Chairwoman Ann Berwick said regulators found “systematic and fundamental failures” in how the company planned for and responded to the storms.


Man gets 10-year sentence in suicide-bomber plot

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 10 years in prison for plotting to attend a Somali training camp with dreams of becoming a suicide bomber for al Qaeda and another terrorist group, al-Shabab.

Shaker Masri, 29, was sentenced two years after his arrest, which relied heavily on an FBI informant. He pleaded guilty in July to trying to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization. He declined to make a statement in court Tuesday and showed little emotion as U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman announced the sentence.


Trayvon Martin shooter to stay on 24-hour monitor

SANFORD — George Zimmerman must remain under 24-hour GPS monitoring while awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and must stay in the county despite the defense’s concerns about his safety, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The defense presented a lengthy bond modification argument to Judge Debra Nelson that included Mr. Zimmerman’s probation officer testifying that the former neighborhood watch volunteer was complying with all terms of his release on a $1 million bond.

After a rebuttal by the prosecutors, Judge Nelson, without explanation, denied the request for modification of the bond terms.

Mr. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon, 17, after an altercation in Sanford in February. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

From wire dispatches and staff reports