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BOSTON — Massachusetts residents would be able to change the sex listed on their birth certificate to a nonbinary X under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate.

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BOSTON — Lawmakers want to shake up the state agency that oversees veterans affairs in Massachusetts in response to a COVID-19 outbreak last year at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home where nearly 80 residents died.

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BOSTON — Rising seas and damaging storms fueled by climate change threaten coastal communities, and lawmakers are seeking protections to harden the shoreline.

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NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire man is to be arraigned Sept. 30 in Newburyport District Court after local police say he stole almost $3,500 worth of cosmetics from two stores within an hour.

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NEWBURYPORT — With six weeks until the general election Nov. 2, City Councilor at large Charlie Tontar and School Committee member Sean Reardon are ramping up their campaigns in a race to become the city’s next mayor.

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SALISBURY — Phase 2 of the town’s Partridge Brook Park project received a big head start after the town was awarded a $400,000 state grant Wednesday.

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NEWBURYPORT — The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s board of directors approved Nate Allard as the chamber’s new president on Friday after he served as interim president since July.

While federal and state officials eagerly pursue a rapid and significant deployment of offshore wind turbines to generate cleaner power along the East Coast, scientists and advocates on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool designed to give developers, regulators and the public a better sens…

BOSTON — Lawmakers heard pitches on Tuesday to carve out a slice of federal relief money to expand mental health and substance abuse programs, support regional food pantries and health boards, and cover other post-pandemic needs.

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters.

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UNITED NATIONS — Racism, climate change and worsening divisions among nations and cultures topped the agenda Wednesday as leaders from China to Costa Rica, from Finland to Turkey to the United Nations itself outlined reasons why the world isn’t working as it should — and what must be done qu…

Peanuts, get your peanuts! On this day in 1916, The Daily News reported that Andrew Mazonni, a well-known peanut seller at the foot of State Street, would once again be at his place of business. He had been recently confined to his home due to illness.

BOSTON — School districts would be banned from “lunch shaming” students whose parents don’t put enough money in their online meal accounts under a proposal up for a vote in the state Senate on Thursday.

NEWBURYPORT — One of the city’s few registered Level 3 sex offenders is back behind bars after pleading guilty to domestic violence-related charges on Wednesday in Newburyport District Court.

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The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots.

BOSTON — Members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education signed off Tuesday on salary increases for Commissioner Jeff Riley, setting him up to receive pay bumps both retroactively and going forward.

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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.

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Elena Francis, 12, of Amesbury participates in a special karate workshop led recently by grand master Robert LaMattina at The Dojo in Salisbury.

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NEWBURYPORT — City Councilor at large Charlie Tontar and School Committee member Sean Reardon will face off in the city’s mayoral race in November following the preliminary election Tuesday.

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NEWBURYPORT — With input from more than 1,000 people on surveys and in public meetings, the architectural design firm hired to revamp Market Landing Park rolled out a plan last week that would carve a shared use path through the waterfront site, provide more views to the water, and add sculp…

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NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Arts Collective, which formed amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to ensure the future of theater and arts in the community long into the future, is officially launching as a group in October with a series of Halloween-esque events.

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NEWBURYPORT — On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the leaders of the Institution for Savings rode in the Tour de Force, a four-day annual cycling event from Boston to New York to honor police, firefighters and other first responders who died in the terrorist attacks.

NEWBURYPORT — A local man who police say was fondling himself while watching women unload groceries in the Market Basket plaza in February suffered a legal setback Tuesday when a judge denied his motion to toss alleged statements he made to police shortly before his arrest.

AMESBURY — The public will soon have a chance to voice their opinion on whether the Amesbury High School Indian mascot stays or goes.

NEWBURY — A Byfield man out on bail after being charged with rape in October was arrested Sunday night by police at his home after allegedly violating a condition of his release.

Wanted on this day in 1883 were the people who took a ladder from the corner of State and Middle streets three weeks earlier. They could return it to 82 Market Square or have it sent to the city marshal. Per the newspaper, the culprits are well-known, but if returned “mum is the word.”

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ROWLEY — Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday was one of two special recognition award recipients honored by the Essex National Heritage Commission during its annual fall meeting at the Barn at Bradstreet Farm.

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UNITED NATIONS — President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and insisted the…

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NORTH PORT, Fla. — Gabby Petito was killed by another person, a coroner concluded while also confirming that the human remains found recently at a Wyoming national park were those of the 22-year-old woman who disappeared months after she set out on a cross-country road trip with her boyfrien…

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NEWBURY — Plans for a new residential development at 105 High Road passed a key milestone when the Planning Board voted unanimously last week to close a public hearing it opened more than a year ago.

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The MBTA will take steps to fire the Green Line operator who investigators say accelerated a trolley to three times the speed limit before crashing into another train from behind, officials announced Tuesday.

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BOSTON — A former Massachusetts mayor, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses that wanted to operate in his city.

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DEL RIO, Texas — Options narrowed Tuesday for thousands of Haitian migrants straddling the Mexico-Texas border as the U.S. government ramped up expulsion flights to Haiti, and Mexico began flying and busing some away from the border.

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WASHINGTON — The House rushed headlong Tuesday into a vote on legislation to fund the government, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, forcing a showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of a fiscal crisis.

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SALISBURY — The McCormack Strong team will be walking in the Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 26.

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Home prices in the red-hot housing market exceeded $500,000 for the fifth straight month in August, but buyers aren’t scooping up the properties as fast as they did during the previous two years as single-family home sales declined for the second straight month, The Warren Group reported on …

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SALISBURY — Crowds turned out under sunny skies to enjoy almost two dozen Salisbury Day events over the weekend, from the music of a swing band to competition among antique fire pumpers.

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NEWBURYPORT — There are seven candidates vying for three School Committee seats in the preliminary election today, Sept. 21. 

GEORGETOWN — Local police and school officials are investigating a racially charged “physical altercation” that broke out Friday near the end of a Georgetown High School football game against Roxbury Prep Charter School.

NEWBURYPORT — At least nine signs were stolen and more were reported damaged over the weekend at The Cottages at Port Place, a nearly complete development of 38 single-family homes at the site of the former Evergreen Valley Golf Course on Boyd Drive.

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AMESBURY — The city’s communications director has a lot to do these days, but she has taken on a bit more in her spare time by keeping a used bookstore above her garage.

BOSTON — Parents worried about rising COVID-19 infections are raising concerns that schools aren’t offering remote learning options for unvaccinated students and those with weakened immune systems.

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