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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity, ended his 2020 campaign Wednesday after his late bid …

Massachusetts waitress surprised with $2,000 tip on $12 bill

A man surprised a Massachusetts waitress with a $2,000 tip.

Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Couple return for a 2nd dunk at Dunkin’, this time with vows

A Massachusetts couple were married at the same Dunkin’ Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago

Evacuation slide falls from jet, lands in yard; no one hurt

Authorities say no one was hurt when an evacuation slide fell from a jetliner into the yard of a suburban Boston home.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on vape, tobacco flavors

Massachusetts has become the first state with a permanent ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

The governor of Massachusetts on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …