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Coast Guard looking for owner of unmanned boat

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it's looking for the owner of an unmanned sailboat that washed ashore on Martha's Vineyard.

Watchstanders in southern New England got a call around 10 p.m. Friday from local law enforcement about an unmarked 13-foot Hobie Cat "Wave" model that had washed ashore with its sail up and rudder down. Authorities said it had lines hanging and dirty footprints on deck.

Boat and air crews searched the area for people in the water, but found no one. Local police also went door to door in search of the owner.

An aircrew searched again Saturday morning. The search area spans waters from the Vineyard to Naushon Island.

The Coast Guard says it's important for boat owners to document their vessels and make them easily identifiable.


US Rep. Joe Kennedy on trip to Central America

BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is spending the weekend in Central America.

The Massachusetts Democrat is joining a bipartisan congressional delegation led by Congressman James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma.

Kennedy and six other members of Congress are planning to travel to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Kennedy said it's critical to work with the nation's partners in Central America to address violence, drugs and human trafficking to help stem the humanitarian crisis that is driving thousands from the region to cross the border.

He said he hopes to gain a better understanding of the circumstances in the three countries that have left families feeling like they have no choice but to make the perilous journey north.

Kennedy is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Letters written by JFK, RFK to be auctioned

BOSTON (AP) - Two collections of World War II era letters written by John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy are being made public for the first time and are set to be auctioned.

The Boston Globe reports the letters from John Kennedy were to the family of Harold Marney, who was killed in 1943 when the PT-109 boat Kennedy had commanded was destroyed by the Japanese. Kennedy sent condolences to Marney's parents, calling his death a great loss.

The letters Robert Kennedy wrote between 1941 and 1945 were to Peter MacLellan, whom he had befriended at what is now the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island.

RR Auction said it authenticated the letters. The auction is Sept. 18.

A spokeswoman for the JFK Library said it wasn't aware of the auction.


College move-in weekend to feature inspections

BOSTON (AP) - Labor Day weekend is a big weekend for college students to move in to off-campus housing in Boston's neighborhoods. It will also be a weekend of city inspections.

Workers from several city departments will conduct targeted housing inspections, trash inspections and information drops in student-heavy neighborhoods throughout the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Mayor Martin Walsh said inspectors will focus on problem properties and improperly stored trash.

The city has also started a social media campaign called #Boston101 to highlight services available to students throughout the year.

The Inspectional Services Department will have up to 50 inspectors canvassing the Allston, Brighton, Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods.


Leatherback turtle rescued from lines off Cape Cod

BOSTON (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard crew and a Provincetown-based marine research center have freed a leatherback turtle that became entangled in lines near a buoy off of Cape Cod.

Watchstanders in Boston got a call from the fishing boat Laura C, which saw the turtle in distress Friday near a buoy in Quicks Hole Pass.

A Coast Guard crew from Station Woods Hole and a member of the Center for Coastal Studies responded. The turtle was freed from the lines and released.

Officials said the key to the rescue was a combination of the Coast Guard's ability to respond quickly and the center's specialized knowledge of marine animals.

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