NOAA Fisheries on Wednesday said it was disappointed the Maine Lobstermen’s Association pulled its support from the federal plan to implement stronger protections for right whales, but did not specifically address the lobster association’s criticisms of the science used to develop the plan.

SALEM — Salem City Councilor Lisa Peterson’s surprise announcement on Monday that she is running for Congress — and not for re-election to her Ward 3 seat — has left a lot of observers wondering.

BOSTON — A day after Waltham-based Raytheon and the aerospace company United Technologies Corporation announced plans for a blockbuster merger, Gov. Charlie Baker said he does not yet know where in Massachusetts the new company will be located.

NORTH ANDOVER — The sheep weren’t the only ones losing layers to keep cool at the 47th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival Sunday, as children and parents stripped off their jackets and tied them around their waists as the sun finally made an appearance.

WENHAM — Gordon College is cutting eight majors and eliminating 36 jobs as part of a major restructuring designed to ensure its future.

BOSTON — Nearly 200 high-ranking state employees could be forced to file financial disclosures dating back years because of a computer system “glitch.”

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BOSTON — Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will soon announce he won’t launch a 2020 presidential campaign, according to sources familiar with his plans. They did not say why he decided against a run.

Salem State University and North Shore Community College signed agreements Friday morning for a Seamless Pathways Partnership that will bring students at both schools even closer together than before.

Communities in the Merrimack Valley are getting a cut of the $40 million the Baker-Polito administration is providing in additional funding for road construction and transportation improvement projects this year.

Columbia Gas announced Tuesday morning that the company has completed the gas pipeline replacement portion of the restoration effort in the wake of last month's natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley.

BOSTON — A backlog of untested rape kits has many states scrambling to process the DNA evidence to help track down sexual predators whose crimes may have gone unpunished.

BOSTON — Jay Gonzalez’s quest for the Massachusetts governorship moved a step closer Tuesday after he edged out Bob Massie in the Democratic primary.

HAVERHILL — Ever since the state reopened the historic Rocks Village Bridge in 2013 after major repairs, a number of tall trucks have come in contact with sections of overhead steel pieces of the bridge.

HAVERHILL — When Haverhill resident and Seabrook Police Officer John Giarrusso got the call on his police radio, he raced his cruiser to Seabrook Beach, where swimmers were being rescued from a rip current that claimed the lives of a Methuen couple.

GLOUCESTER — Filmmaker David Wittkower knew he had to do something or his commercial fishing documentary “Dead in the Water” might indeed be dead in the water.

BOSTON – With a raft of advocates and lawmakers huddled around the desk in his ceremonial office, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed a law to allow family members to petition the courts to suspend gun ownership rights of someone they believe to be a danger.

Child rapist Wayne Chapman — the longtime suspect in the disappearance of a Lawrence boy — has been indicted for new crimes allegedly committed earlier this month in state prison. 

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker gave voice Monday to a potential “grand bargain” addressing issues raised by ballot questions, but leaders of the House and Senate said reducing the sales tax, the topic of one question, is not in the cards this year.

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

BOSTON – Though there was little in the way of legislative action on Beacon Hill during public school vacation week, the Senate on Thursday set the table for a busy session next week.

BOSTON – Staffing at the state's alcohol regulating agency has failed to keep up with the proliferation of new drinking establishments over the past several years, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers on Tuesday, asking them for increased funding.

BOSTON – State corrections officials plan to pick up the tab for guarding an Essex County prisoner awaiting trial whose round-the-clock security detail is costing taxpayers more than $430,000 a year.

A report this week detailing widespread abuse of sick time in the Essex County Sheriff’s Department that lasted six years and cost taxpayers nearly $1.1 million drew a no comment Wednesday from a spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey, who declined to say whether Healey would open a c…

BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on the Senate to investigate allegations that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg's husband sexually assaulted and harassed several men, including some with business on Beacon Hill.

PEABODY — The state's highest court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Peabody man who shot his girlfriend to death after she asked him to move out in 2014. 

BOSTON — Lawmakers in Massachusetts are moving to ban the bump stock attachments used to make semi-automatic rifles fire more quickly, like those found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter.

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Bob Fabri keeps two photographs taped to the inside of the doors of his car. One is of his grandson, Daniel Amor, who died of a heroin overdose in 2015. The other is of his wife, Lucille, who died away a few months later from a septic infection. Fabri kisses the photos every morning when he …

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SALEM — If the food trucks this past weekend weren’t enough of an indicator, then perhaps the hulking cruise ship pulling into Salem Harbor Monday morning was as clear an indicator as any that Halloween has begun in Salem.

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Editor’s note: In 2016, there were 1,990 confirmed deaths from opioids in Massachusetts. Those victims leave friends and family members behind.

GLOUCESTER — A national push led by a group of Cape Ann women designed to throw out the 2016 presidential election returns has once again been tossed aside by the U.S. Supreme Court.

SALEM — Salem State University is canceling all classes for an hour Thursday to discuss an incident of racist graffiti found at a campus baseball field with students.

BOSTON — The massive cybersecurity scandal at Equifax is fueling demands on Beacon Hill for beefed up consumer protections, with lawmakers fast-tracking proposals aimed at safeguarding financial data.

BOSTON — With tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending expected to flow into Massachusetts next year ahead of ballot questions ranging from a “millionaires tax” to a $15-per-hour minimum wage, activists want to limit contributions from out-of-state donors.

NEWBURYPORT — Residents rallied for mayoral candidate and Ward 3 City Councilor Robert Cronin on Thursday, expressing their hope for change in the fast-approaching municipal election.

NEWBURYPORT — The Planning Board reached a consensus on the city’s master plan, a comprehensive document that has been in the works since 2014.

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Newburyport - John Matthew McVey, 90, of Newburyport, formerly of North Andover, died early Saturday Morning at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Jean C. (Milner) McVey. Born in Andover, November 2, 1928, he was one of three sons of the late Edwar…