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SALEM — The state’s highest court will be asked on Tuesday to release thousands of inmates in state prison and county jails –  possibly including some who were convicted of murder – in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 

DANVERS — The COVID-19 crisis in the commonwealth had the Danvers Board of Selectmen meeting remotely via video conference Monday to delay the date for the Town Election and the Annual Town Meeting for about a month.

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BOSTON – Frustrated by a critical shortage of manpower and equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is soliciting donations of masks, gloves and other protective equipment and putting out a call for volunteers to work on the front lines of the public health crisis.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the taxpayer money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent …

LYNN — Lynn District Court, which serves five North Shore communities, including Marblehead and Swampscott, has been temporarily closed, Trial Court officials said Monday. 

DANVERS — With municipal boards and committees forced to abide by coronavirus precautions, Selectmen Monday will be meeting online remotely for the first time – thanks to authority granted last Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker which relaxed provisions of Open Meeting Law.

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NEW YORK — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hotspots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

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MIDDLETON — This year was supposed to be about the race for the White House and who would be the Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump.

Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

DANVERS — An advocacy group representing families of people with developmental disabilities says state officials have been slow to react to the coronavirus pandemic — putting thousands of developmentally disabled and autistic residents of group homes and other facilities, and their caretaker…

BOSTON -- Nurse practitioners have been temporarily cleared to see patients without a doctor's supervision as the state maneuvers to fill a shortage of medical personnel dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will have another three months to file state income tax returns as the state takes additional steps to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

SALEM – Thursday night’s Council meeting saw several votes — all of them unanimous — and the typical discussion that surrounds agenda items worth more than procedural votes. That included a $250,000 request from Driscoll for as-yet-unrealized COVID-19 expenses.

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SALEM — Congressman Seth Moulton announced an about-face Thursday on his support for a resolution condemning China for its early handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which many said could stoke anti-Asian sentiment.

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SWAMPSCOTT— The Select Board and Board of Health Wednesday night voted for a stay-at-home order for the town to hammer home the message for people to "self-isolate" to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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SALEM — With their practice temporarily closed, Drs. Helyne and Stephen Hamelburg were among dentists from around the state who have donated personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, which have become scarce for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shutdown huge swaths of the nation's economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states including Massachusetts to the brink financially.

QUINCY, Mass. — Grocery stores across the U.S. are installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help keep cashiers and shoppers from infecting one another with the coronavirus.

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BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shutdown huge swaths of the nation's economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states including Massachusetts to the brink financially.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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BOSTON — As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the closure of the state’s public and private schools and non-emergency day care centers for another four weeks.

SALEM— U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, is taking heat from his 6th District Democratic primary challengers and others on social media for cosponsoring a resolution condemning the Chinese government's handling of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SALEM — Gov. Charlie Baker ordered several new measures aimed at protecting grocery store workers and customers from coronavirus on Wednesday, including a ban on reusable bags being brought into stores and suspending local bans on single-use plastic bags.

DUFUR, Ore.  — The social distancing rules repeated like a mantra in America's urban centers, where the coronavirus is spreading exponentially, might seem silly in wide-open places where neighbors live miles apart and “working from home” means another day spent branding calves or driving a t…

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A select portion of the region's daycare centers have been tapped by state authorities to remain open to provide child care for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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