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Annie Dookhan, 35, of Franklin, was indicted by a grand jury on 17 counts of obstruction of justice, eight counts of tampering with evidence, perjury and pretending to hold a college degree.

“We allege that Annie Dookhan tampered with drug evidence and fabricated test results on multiple occasions,” Ms. Coakley said. “Her alleged actions have sent ripple effects throughout the criminal justice system.”

Ms. Dookhan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Her alleged misconduct led state police to shut down a state lab used by police departments to test drugs in criminal cases.

Since the lab was closed in August, judges have released about 200 defendants from prison and put their cases on hold while their attorneys challenge their convictions. Many more cases could be affected because authorities have said Ms. Dookhan tested more than 60,000 samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at the lab.

IOWA

115-year-old woman dies, was world’s oldest person

DES MOINES | A 115-year-old Iowa woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world’s oldest person, her family said Monday.

Dina Manfredini, who lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, died Monday morning, according to her granddaughter Lori Logli. Ms. Logli would not elaborate on her grandmother’s cause of death, but she said Ms. Manfredini had been suffering from a fever.

Guinness World Records confirmed Ms. Manfredini inherited the title of world’s oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Besse Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

NEW YORK

Woman gets life in prison in family killings

WHITE PLAINS | A woman from Florida, convicted of orchestrating the fatal beatings of her millionaire husband and his elderly mother, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

Narcy Novack, 56, of Fort Lauderdale was not in the federal courtroom to hear the sentence. She waived her right to appear, just as she did when the verdict was delivered in June.

Her brother and co-defendant, Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn, was also sentenced to life in prison.

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