Harvard fined for animal mistreatment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it has fined Harvard Medical School $24,000 for repeated animal welfare violations at its research facilities that resulted in the deaths of four monkeys since 2011.

The USDA fine cited Harvard for 11 incidents in 2011 and 2012. In one case in February 2011, a laboratory worker overdosed a monkey with anesthetic, causing it to die of liver failure. In two other cases, monkeys died after being deprived of water and in another case a monkey died after a chain attached to a toy in its cage wrapped around its neck, strangling him.

All four deaths occurred at a lab in Southborough, which the school plans to close for financial reasons. Harvard has a smaller research center with primates in Boston, which will stay open.

— Reuters

Man accused of starting Clover Fire

A former firefighter has been arrested and accused of intentionally setting a Northern California blaze that killed a 56-year-old man and destroyed dozens of homes in early September, authorities said Wednesday.

Zane Peterson, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of murder and arson in connection with the so-called Clover Fire, Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The Clover Fire started in remote Shasta County on Sept. 9, blackened 8,000 acres, burned as many as 60 homes and took the life of Brian Henry. Some 130 nonresidential structures were claimed by the fire.

— Reuters

Mega Millions winner identified in Georgia

A Georgia woman who bought just one ticket and used family birthdays and lucky No. 7 to choose her numbers was one of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-­largest in U.S. history.

Lottery officials identified the winner as Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain. The other winning ticket was sold in San Jose.

— Associated Press