SALEM — Three homes abutting Gallows Hill Park will get new yards from the Environmental Protection Agency this fall after previously discovered arsenic contamination at the park was found crossing over onto residential land.

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PEABODY — For the year-plus it has been open, Habitat for Humanity-North Shore's resale store — which sells used furniture, building supplies and other goods — has been hobbled like a chair with one leg shorter than the others.

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BEVERLY — Situated high on Brimbal Hill, the 6 million gallon Beverly water tower is nearing the end of its construction phase. 

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PEABODY — A former Peabody neurologist charged with fondling a patient 2 1/2 years ago says the state cannot re-try him on an indecent assault and battery charge because it would amount to double jeopardy. 

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Featuring a sleek white leather silhouette and iconic swoosh, the Nike Air Force 1 sneaker continues to revolutionize today’s shoe culture. But one teenager sees these legendary kicks as a fresh canvas for painting.

SALEM — Four development teams have been tapped to draw up their visions for the Superior Court and County Commissioner buildings on Federal Street, with early ideas for the properties ranging from housing and hotels to museums.

BOSTON — Native Americans weren’t counted as part of the U.S. Census until the late 1800s, and remain one of the hardest-to-count populations in the nation.

SALISBURY — Five people were rescued just after noon on Saturday after the boat they were in capsized after colliding with another boat at the mouth of the Merrimack River, an area known for treacherous currents that is difficult to navigate at times.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Donald Trump took a trip down memory lane as he spoke to thousands of supporters at Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester Thursday night.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Chants of “Trump it up” and “Build that wall” rang through the Queen City intermittently, as thousands of attendees wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats readied to attend President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manch…

SALEM — Should in-law apartments once free of in-laws be required to be affordable? That question dominated part two of a hearing held by the City Council Thursday night.

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SALEM — In his position as claims director for the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, David Dowd gets the call when a school district or municipality is sued. 

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PEABODY — The company trying to redevelop the former J.B. Thomas Hospital wants to get their message out about their proposal to tear down the vacant hospital and turn it into condos.

SALEM — State regulators have removed the warning status that had been placed on the the Salem State University School of Nursing last year for low test scores and other deficiencies.

SALEM — A Lynn man who was spotted driving around Salem at 3 a.m. despite having a restriction on his license that requires him to be off the road by 2 a.m. is now being held without bail on a dozen gun and drug charges. 

MANCHESTER — White Beach is open to swimming again after it finally passed its third bacteria test in two weeks, the town Board of Health announced Thursday afternoon. 

[Story Developing] The Registry of Motor Vehicles has suspended the licenses of more than 800 more drivers in its ongoing review of potential missed violations, officials said in an eight-page interim report released Thursday.

ROWLEY — Overnight road work will begin tonight on Route 1 north and southbound, from the Topsfield/Ipswich town line to the Rowley/Newbury town line.

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PEABODY — It could be the middle of September before an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags comes before the Peabody City Council. But the Big Y on Lowell Street wasn't waiting for this or a proposed statewide bag ban to get rid of those flimsy plastic shopping bags at the chec…

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BOSTON — Shoppers will get a reprieve from the state's sales tax this weekend, with the annual two-day tax holiday giving them a break on some purchases less than $2,500.

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DANVERS — The Twin Oaks Rehab and Nursing Home was declared "substandard" in June after state inspectors found dozens of problems ranging from poor treatment of residents to deteriorating building conditions.

[Story Developing] Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Wednesday announced plans to combine their two organizations into a new company that will serve nearly 2.4 million members in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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SALEM — Officials are considering shutting down the Charter Street Burial Ground for part or all of October as $600,000 in preservation work gears up for sometime after Halloween. 

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[Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. The original story did not accurately describe the impacts of a 2014 law on the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Fund. The law increased the maximum contract assistance the trust can receive from the state for debt service…

BOSTON — State leaders and immigration advocates are criticizing new federal rules that will require immigrants to show they won't be a burden on taxpayers, saying the regulations will hurt families seeking health care, housing and other public programs.

NEWBURYPORT – A Beverly man accused of having a handgun without a license was sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to the charge Tuesday in Newburyport District Court.

BOSTON (AP) — The parent company of Massachusetts-based supermarket chain Stop & Shop says an 11-day strike in April that affected 240 stores in three states, including in Gloucester, cost $345 million in net sales.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street.

BOSTON — A crew from Station Gloucester took part in the Coast Guard's rescue of two boaters Sunday approximately 30 miles off the coast of Maine after they were reported overdue.

NASHUA, N.H. — A 71-year-old Peabody man has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a relative’s in-home caregiver, according to New Hampshire police.

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BEVERLY – The city has received four offers to buy the former Briscoe Middle School and transform the historic building into a place for people to live, work and play.

PEABODY — A couple from Maine are facing marijuana charges after state troopers, responding to a minor two-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Peabody Friday afternoon, discovered more than 13 pounds of marijuana, 700 vape cartridges and 40 bags of cannabis edibles in the couple's SUV. 

A Saugus man was allegedly three times over the legal limit for alcohol when he drove south in the northbound lanes of Route 1 in Lynnfield, near the Peabody line, on Sunday evening and then crashed into an elderly couple's car, leaving the couple seriously injured, according to police.

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