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'State of emergency' declared for north east US states

A 'state of emergency' has been declared by the Governor of Massachusetts - which is expected to be hit by a "crippling" and potentially "historic" blizzard within the next few hours.

State of Emergency declared for north east US states Credit: Reuters
Some have begun stockpiling essentials like water. Credit: Reuters

A state-wide travel ban has been imposed from midnight tonight and all state-run transport services will be cancelled. Some 500 National Guard troops have been called up to deal with the expected consequences of the blizzard. It is the same situation in many counties across New York - where state employees are being sent home.

Massachusetts bans 'upskirt' photos

The governor of Massachusetts moved to update the state's voyeurism laws yesterday.

The move came just two days after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took mobile phone photos up the skirts of female subway passengers in Boston was not violating the law as written.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, bans so-called "upskirting" by making it illegal to photograph or videotape the "sexual or other intimate parts" of women or children in public. The law also applies to male victims.


British paedophile will be deported at end of sentence

Paedophile Geoffrey Portway will be deported from the US to Britain at the end of his jail sentence, which will be between 18 and 27 years.

Portway, who was born in Spain, possessed more than 20,000 images and videos of children being abused.

In recovered online discussions, he described his home-made dungeon as a place he intended to keep kidnapped children, sexually abuse them, murder them and then eat them.

Paedophiles planned to feed dead children to alligators

Briton Geoffrey Portway conspired online with fellow paedophile Michael Arnett to kidnap and abuse children known to them.

In one internet exchange about how to get rid of evidence, they agreed on feeding a child victim's remains to alligators.

A child-sized coffin was found in Geoffrey Portway's dungeon

Portway repeatedly solicited Arnett to kidnap a child for him, with the intent that Portway would ultimately rape, kill and eat the child in his home-made dungeon.

Arnett, from Kansas, was jailed for 30 years in May.

Briton who plotted to eat US children jailed for 27 years

Geoffrey Portway was known by the online moniker 'Fat Longpig'. Credit: Reuters

A Briton living in the United States who plotted to kidnap, rape, kill and eat children has been jailed for nearly 27 years.

Geoffrey Portway was sentenced to 26 years and eight months after US authorities found a dungeon, homemade child-sized coffin, butchering kit and torture tools in his home.

Portway, 40, of Worcester, Massachusetts, chatted online with other paedophiles and solicited their help in kidnapping a child with the intent of raping, killing and eating them.

MIT campus in lockdown after fatal shooting of officer

The famous technology university is separated from Boston by the Charles River. Credit: Google Maps

Massachusetts Institute of Technology police investigating the fatal shooting of one of their officers have issued a campus-wide emergency alert.

Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge police said they were assisting in the investigation.

The shots "were reported near Building 32 ... which is currently surrounded by responding agencies," MIT said in an emergency statement.

"Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation," the university said on its website. "Police are sweeping the campus at this time, please continue to stay indoors and remain inside until further notice."

The shooting comes days after neighbouring Boston was rocked by a double bombing at the city's marathon.

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