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BOSTON — While companies and governments around the world race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19, a survey designed by a group at Tufts University found that just 57% of Americans said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available today.

BOSTON — A major multi-year transportation borrowing bill and a bill allowing restaurants to sell cocktails to go emerged in the Senate on Friday, teeing up two high-profile legislative proposals as lawmakers race to wrap up priorities before the July 31 end of formal sessions.

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SALEM — It will now cost three times as much to be caught using fireworks illegally in Salem, but leaders want to do more to fight the recent spike in use.

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SWAMPSCOTT — When Northeast Arc posted about the need for "smile masks," Jaren Landen of Swampscott thought this would be a job for her daughter, Ava.

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SALEM — Rumson's Rum has been distilling alcohol at its Florence Street facility for years. It's just that now, it's alcohol that goes on your hands — you don't want to drink this stuff.

PEABODY — The Summer Eats program at Haven from Hunger got a helping hand Thursday morning from U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who stopped by to help pack up meals that will be distributed to local schoolchildren.

SALEM — Another zoning measure aimed at addressing the housing crisis in Salem was defeated by the City Council Thursday night despite having a seven-to-four majority in favor. 

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MARBLEHEAD — Police have released images and video of a man they are calling a person of interest in their investigation into vandalism of a Black Lives Matter banner outside the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. 

NEWBURYPORT — A local man has been issued a summons to appear in Newburyport District Court for damaging lawn signs supportive of President Donald Trump over the holiday weekend.

MIDDLETON — Visiting hours for the Middleton Jail will resume next week, with some significant limitations. 

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BOXFORD — Masconomet Regional High School celebrated its 280 graduates on June 5 in what has become a sign of the new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic — a virtual award ceremony.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus.

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The positive COVID-19 test rate in long-term care facilities remains above the state average, and a public health official said Wednesday that the gap is closing.

SALEM — City councilors spent more than two hours hammering out concessions to save a tool that would make affordable housing a requirement for most development projects going forward, passing it narrowly Wednesday night.

BOSTON — A man with ties to the North Shore is facing child sex trafficking charges after allegedly inviting several teenage Laotian boys to live with him, then telling them they could cover their rent by performing sexual acts on him, federal prosecutors say.

SWAMPSCOTT — With costs expected to mount up to get rid of residents' trash, the town plans to provide them with one 35-gallon wheeled trash cart later this month and charge extra for overthrow bags in a modified pay-as-you-throw program.

PEABODY — Like other venues on the North Shore, Peabody's Black Box Theater had to shut in mid-March in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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[Coverage Developing] New testing sites will be opened and mobile testing vans will be deployed in eight cities across Massachusetts where positive test rates for COVID-19 are elevated and testing volume has declined since late April, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors.

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BEVERLY — The city is now planning to enlist the Massachusetts Legislature in its long effort to get a restaurant on the waterfront.

BOSTON — The Essex County Sheriff's Department has received a $4 million federal grant that will allow it to provide job training to up to 550 inmates and assist them with finding jobs. 

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BEVERLY -- For more than 100 days, Hal Simmons lay in a hospital bed, his life in danger from COVID-19 and his family and friends unable to visit. On Tuesday, a day after Simmons returned to his Lyman Street home, those same people made sure his days of being alone were over. 

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PEABODY — At a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally at Emerson Park on June 13, Peabody High student Ariana Duran, 17, and others spoke about the sting of being a student of color at the high school and the need for the community's help to make a change.

WASHINGTON  — The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April.

At the family child care center she runs out of her Dorchester home, Dottie Williams has started asking parents to send teddy bears along with their kids.

IPSWICH — Police have released the name of the boater who was severely injured in an accident Sunday off Ipswich. 

BEVERLY — City officials are denouncing residents who held an unauthorized "Horribles" parade in Beverly Farms on July 4 featuring signs that officials called "racist" and "sexist."

With Massachusetts starting the third phase of its economic reopening, the head of the state's largest teachers union on Sunday said the return to school in the fall should be approached in a phased-in way, with time for teachers to prepare for new health and safety protocols, as well as to …

DANVERS — Local nonprofit agencies that have continued to provide services on the front lines of the pandemic over the past four months are receiving another infusion of cash by way of the Essex County Community Foundation.

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