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BOSTON (AP) — A woman with a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag was stopped at a security checkpoint at Logan International Airport in Boston on the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Maine’s top environmental protection official suspended the license for the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project, putting the project that’s a critical part of the Baker administration’s energy and climate policy on ice unless and until a court rules in its favor.

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BOSTON — Schools are struggling to meet the state’s requirements to ease COVID-19 mask requirements, which require at least 80% of students and staff to be vaccinated to lift the restrictions.

BOSTON — Parents are struggling to find reliable and affordable child care as many providers face challenges staying afloat amid the ongoing economic fallout of the pandemic and worker shortages.

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State regulators failed to perform some of their required oversight of Uber and Lyft during a nearly two-year period, raising questions about whether all drivers who transported Massachusetts passengers in that span were eligible to do so, according to new audit findings.

Renewing her case to overhaul the state’s hate crimes statute, Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday argued that existing law allows for effectively “no difference” in punishment between a racist assault and a punch thrown among feuding bar-hoppers.

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A new state fund outlined in a bill before the Legislature would help facilitate improvements to underutilized commercial or industrial buildings in economically distressed areas, a measure that supporters say would help spur job creation, business, and maintain historic structures.

Terence Cudney has been cultivating a passion for politics since he saw the second tower go down in his eighth-grade history classroom in Colorado on Sept. 11, 2001. 

SALEM — A Manchester, New Hampshire man who police say thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl online last summer is facing up to a decade in state prison following his indictment last month.

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Monday to divest $65 million in city investments from companies that profit off fossil fuels, sending a message as state officials get ready to debate how it invests its pension fund and hopefully, she said, setting an example for cities around…

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Pitching a legislative committee on a bill that would provide a framework for individuals with disabilities and elders to make their own decisions with the aid of people they trust, advocates described the planned arrangement as a process not that different from the way lawmakers would work …

BOSTON — Good government groups are urging lawmakers to authorize same-day voter registration and other updates to the state’s election laws, pointing to a new poll showing strong public support for the measures.

BOSTON — Lawmakers recessed for a long winter break last week after failing to reach an agreement on a plan to spend billions of dollars in pandemic relief, drawing criticism from Gov. Charlie Baker and others.

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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who bought more than $150,000 worth of commuter rail passes using stolen credit card information, and then sold the passes at below face value, has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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BOSTON — The state is getting more federal dollars to target fentanyl trafficking in the region as the number of opioid-related overdoses continues to increase.

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BOSTON (AP) — A businessman who was operating a luxury powerboat that crashed in Boston Harbor last summer, leaving one passenger dead and five others injured, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and multiple assault and battery charges.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose again in October, ticking up one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.3% even as employers reported adding 25,000 jobs last month.

Sales of both single-family homes and condominiums plummeted on a year-over-year basis in October as sky-high prices and limited inventory continue to hold back prospective buyers, but real estate market analysts did not sound overly alarmed Friday.

After years of touting a multi-state compact to reduce transportation sector carbon emissions as "critical" to achieving environmental goals in Massachusetts, the Baker administration on Thursday effectively scrapped its participation and declared the program "no longer the best solution."

The Senate has still not shown interest in considering sports betting, but the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday backed a study of sports wagering legalization and pressed for it to be put on the research team’s front burner as the agency prepares for the possibility of assuming ov…

Moving quickly to fulfill a campaign promise, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on Thursday described her proposal to expand a fare-free bus pilot as a way to “reshape what’s possible” and set a new tone for policymakers as they consider the role of public transit.

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BOSTON — The Baker administration cleared the way Thursday for all adults in Massachusetts to receive a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine as cold weather threatens to bring a wave of new infections.

The last decade of advancements in clean energy technology and its adoption here and around the country has proved that 100% renewable energy is a realistic goal for Massachusetts, activists said Wednesday, if the will is there among the state’s political leaders and if resistance to some cl…

A special commission investigating ways to eliminate structural racism in the Massachusetts probation system held its 11th and final public meeting Wednesday as it works toward an end-of-year deadline to produce recommendations.

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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts State Police trooper who earlier this year helped a woman deliver a baby on the side of a highway was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges, the department said.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A U.S. appeals court has reinstated a ban on lobster harvesting in hundreds of miles of productive fishing waters off the Maine coast to try to protect rare whales.

BOSTON — The price for natural gas and home heating oil is soaring amid supply chain issues and rising inflation, putting a squeeze on energy consumers as winter approaches.

BOSTON — Massachusetts is among a handful of states that bans silencers, also called sound suppressors. Some people, however, say gun owners are finding a way around the restrictions with legally purchased kits often assembled with household items.

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WOODSTOCK, N.H. — Fighting sagging poll ratings, President Joe Biden set out Tuesday on a national tour to persuade everyday Americans of the benefits of his big, just-signed infrastructure plan. First stop: New Hampshire, a state that gave him no love in last year’s presidential primaries.

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PITTSFIELD (AP) — The reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the 1974 slaying of an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has been increased to $15,000, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $2 million to a high-ranking Boston police detective who said in a lawsuit against the department and her former supervisor that she was the victim of gender discrimination.

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A group of progressive activists, including several former House lawmakers, argue in a new report that running Democrats against incumbents who have not shown independence from the speaker of the House may be the best way to make the Legislature more inclusive.

BOSTON — Billions of dollars in federal money is headed to Massachusetts under a $1 trillion infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden on Monday.

BOSTON — Tens of thousands of property owners in Massachusetts could be hit with higher flood insurance premiums under a new federal rating system that anticipates increased flooding and storms fueled by climate change.

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BOSTON — Local health agents were on the front lines of the state’s battle against COVID-19 – testing residents, enforcing virus restrictions and setting up vaccination clinics.

NEWBURYPORT — The number of reported positive infections from COVID-19 in Amesbury and Georgetown rose by more than 60 in each community in the past two weeks, a steep increase that showed the impact of the coronavirus is continuing.

BOSTON -- State public health officials are making a major push to convince skeptical parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 with pediatric doses now available for younger age groups.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts residents would be eligible for annual mental health wellness exams — akin to annual physical exams — at no cost under a sweeping mental health bill set to be debated by the state Senate next week.

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BOSTON — The state Senate approved a plan on Wednesday to spend more than $3.82 billion in federal pandemic relief funding and surplus money to provide bonus checks to front-line workers and make investments in health care, housing, workforce development and protecting the environment.

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After wading through hours of debate and considering hundreds of amendments, the Senate late Wednesday night unanimously approved a $3.82 billion package to steer special federal relief funds and surplus state budget revenues into virtually every corner of the state.

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BOSTON — The scourge of opioid addiction continues to affect Massachusetts with the latest data showing a rise in heroin and fentanyl-related overdose deaths.

Doris Bunte was the first to do a lot of things, like being a Black woman elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. Though she died earlier this year, a group of Black women who said they follow in her footsteps as representatives want for Bunte to claim another first – being the first Black…

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LYNN (AP) — A white Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to assault and civil rights charges and been sentenced to probation for driving her car toward three Black women and their five children outside a cookie shop and yelling racial slurs at them, prosecutors said.

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The first Monday of each March would be set aside under legislation considered Wednesday as COVID-19 Remembrance Day in Massachusetts to honor those who have died of the disease, everyone who is battling the coronavirus or its long-term effects, and the essential workers on the front lines o…

BOSTON — Local governments could receive a windfall of federal funding to fix aging outfalls that spew sewage into the Merrimack River and other waterways.

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BOSTON (AP) — Three Boston police officers were shot and a suspect shot and killed Tuesday during a standoff in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood, police said.

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