James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Possessions to Be Auctioned by US Marshals

Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- James "Whitey" Bulger’s personal possessions will be auctioned by the U.S. Marshals Service this summer in Boston to help compensate the victims of his crimes, authorities said Monday.

The auction will also contain items belonging to Catherine Greig, Bulger’s longtime companion who is currently serving an eight-year sentence for her 2012 conviction of identity fraud and harboring Bulger while he was on the lam. She pleaded guilty in February in connection with her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury, which was related to an investigation into whether others assisted her and Bulger when they were fugitives.

In 2013, Bulger received two consecutive life sentences for running a criminal enterprise that was responsible for murdering 11 people.

The auction is set to take place June 24 to 26 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, which agreed to host the event, authorities said.

"Our goal is to maximize the proceeds of the auction to compensate the victims of Bulger’s brutal crimes," U.S. Marshal John Gibbons said in a statement.

Bulger and Greig were arrested in 2011 after an anonymous tip brought authorities to their Santa Monica apartment -- after years of evading law enforcement.

Bulger was also ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution.

"Although the proceeds we obtain will never be enough to make up for the harm the victims and their families have suffered, it is our hope that this process and the restitution we will be able to distribute as a result of the auction will give some relief to the victims and families in this case," U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement.

The auction will include items seized from the couple’s Santa Monica, California apartment, and other possessions in the government’s custody. It will be open to the public and the items will be available simultaneously through an online auction, according to the Department of Justice.

The list of specific auction items was not immediately available.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

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However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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