- - Thursday, May 24, 2012


KITTERY — Officials are venting smoke and noxious fumes from a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard so they can get inside to assess what a fire did to it.

Firefighters from the shipyard and coastal departments in Maine and New Hampshire spent Wednesday night and early Thursday fighting the fire on the USS Miami. Seven firefighters and crew members were hurt but not badly.

Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Group 2, on Thursday called the firefighters heroes. He said officials are hoping to assess the damage later in the day.

Adm. Breckenridge said the firefighters isolated the flames so they would not spread to nuclear propulsion spaces. He said there is nuclear fuel on the sub, but the reactor has been shut down for two months.


Mom of man shot in dorm sues Harvard

CAMBRIDGE — The mother of a Massachusetts man fatally shot inside a Harvard University dormitory during a drug-related robbery has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Ivy League school.

Denise Cosby says in her suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court that Harvard negligently allowed the mastermind of the killing of her son, Justin Cosby, to operate a “criminal enterprise” in Kirkland Hall that resulted in the May 2009 killing.

Her lawyers tell the Boston Globe that Mrs. Cosby believes her son would be alive today if the school had followed its own policies.

The 21-year-old Cosby was shot by one of three men during a drug robbery. None of them was a Harvard student, but the shooter was dating a student.

A Harvard spokesman said the university isn’t accountable.


Hospital settles lawsuit over fetuses in jars

SANDUSKY — An Ohio hospital has reached a proposed settlement of about $1 million with women who say an employee stuffed miscarried or stillborn fetuses into jars for years instead of medically disposing of them.

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