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Spacey accuser denies deleting texts about alleged groping

The man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016 denied Monday deleting or altering any text messages from the night of the …

Woman whose dead babies were found in home cleared of murder

A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where authorities found the remains of three babies was cleared Thursday of second-degree murder, but was convicted of lesser charges.

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Kevin Spacey appears at court for hearing in groping case

Kevin Spacey made an unusual appearance Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where his attorney asked for a swift trial in the groping case against the actor, saying Spacey is “suffering” …

Someone breaks into home, takes nothing, gives it good scrub

Whoever broke into a Massachusetts man’s home last week didn’t take a thing. They did, however, leave the house spotless.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Conviction upheld for woman who urged boyfriend’s suicide

A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself is responsible for his suicide, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding …

Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the U.S. …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Transgender rights lie in the hands of a Massachusetts’ electorate

Nicole Talbot isn’t quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn’t shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from …

Just in time for Halloween: Home of witch trials victim John Proctor for sale

A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.

‘Greedy’ young mayor stole from investors, feds say

A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 was charged Thursday with using investments in a company he formed as his “own personal ATM” to enjoy casinos and …

Residents allowed to return to homes after gas explosions

Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions were given the green light Sunday to return to their homes.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state’s first shark attack fatality in …

Incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker wins Massachusetts GOP primary

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate seeking a second term in solidly Democratic Massachusetts, fended off a primary challenge Tuesday from conservative minister Scott Lively, a staunch supporter of President …

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to face GOP’s Geoff Diehl

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will face off against Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl as she battles for a second term and gears up for what could be a possible …

UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Washington, five other states and NYC sue U.S. over immigration-related policy

Six states and New York City sued the federal government Wednesday, joining other cities and states who say the government is trying to unlawfully force “sanctuary” communities to engage in …

UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

Recent college grad post signs seeking return of heirloom: ‘My mother will kill me’

A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, “My mother will …

UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

Judge: Assault weapons ban doesn’t violate 2nd Amendment

Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts’ ban on the weapons.

Joy to the weed! Marijuana legalization comes bearing gifts

Voters in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, and some residents of those states will legally stuff stockings with spliffs for the first time …

Country star Shelton comforts mourning Massachusetts school

One of country music’s biggest stars is comforting a Massachusetts school mourning the deaths of three students.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization

The Mukayuhsak Weekuw – or “Children’s House” – is an immersion school launched by the Cape Cod-based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors hosted a harvest celebration with the Pilgrims in …

Massachusetts grabs spotlight by proposing new twist on Medicaid drug coverage

In the absence of new federal policies to tame break-the-bank drug prices, the Massachusetts Medicaid program wants to test a market-driven approach. It wants the power to negotiate discounts for …

Massachusetts State Police head retires amid criticism of altered report

The superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police abruptly announced his retirement on Friday amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to alter a police report for a judge’s daughter to …

Massachusetts 1st to ban bump stocks since Vegas shooting

Massachusetts on Friday became the first state to impose a ban on bump stocks since the deadly shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

N.Y. woman missing since ’75 found alive in Massachusetts

A woman who disappeared from upstate New York after being dropped off for a doctor’s appointment 42 years ago has been found suffering from dementia and living in an assisted-living …

No joke: Political humorist Jimmy Tingle running for office

Though Jimmy Tingle has long made biting political humor a staple of his stand-up routines, he insists his dive into Massachusetts politics is anything but comic relief.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Massachusetts registry lacks info on 1,700 sex offenders

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry has lost track of more than 1,700 convicted sex offenders, according to a state audit released on Wednesday.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Northeast U.S. marinas, coastal dwellers cast wary eye on Jose

Marinas, coastal residents and others in the Northeast are keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Jose as it spins in the Atlantic Ocean, threatening to menace the region by the …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Should states make presidential candidates release taxes?

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering requiring presidential candidates to disclose their personal finances before appearing on the primary ballot.

$758.7 million Powerball winner gets extra police protection

Police are providing extra patrols around the home of a Massachusetts woman who won the $758.7 million Powerball prize.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Massachusetts hospital worker claims record lottery jackpot

A 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history – a $758.7 million Powerball prize – after breaking the news to …

Man denies raping preteen, says she might have raped him

Prosecutors say a 38-year-old Massachusetts man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him …