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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lieutenant Colonel Morris Fontenot Jr. Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was flying the plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed Wednesday in western Virginia.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A man charged with starting a fire that destroyed Beverly two homes under construction and damaged a third so severely that it had to be torn down has been held on $250,000 cash bail. The Salem News reports prosecutors had originally sought to hold 19-year-old Zachary Pavia without bail until trial as a danger, but this week opted to seek high cash bail instead.

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the IRS. Federal prosecutors tell The Sun they ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages.

BOSTON (AP) - The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project. The historic warship the U.S.S. Constitution left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston this morning. It set and struck three topsails and then fired a 21-gun salute off Castle Island in South Boston.

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