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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Scarce supplies of medical equipment are leading to growing competition within the U.S. and among nations, in what one French politician called a “worldwide treasure hunt.”

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With 37 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Gloucester and one virus-related death in Rockport, some residents are calling for the closure of bridges to Cape Ann.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, sidelining an independent watchdog who played a pivotal role in his impeachment even as his White House struggled with the deepening coronavirus pandemic.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I'm c…

PEABODY — With much of the North Shore economy shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and with many people's rent still due April 1, the city's Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to temporarily put the brakes on eviction enforcement in the city.

SALEM — The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ordered judges to consider the risks of jail inmates contracting coronavirus in making their bail decisions, and in allowing lawyers to re-argue bail in low-level drug cases and non-violent offenses. 

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BOSTON — The state is ramping up efforts to track down people who may be at risk for contracting COVID-19 because they came into contact with an infected person.

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BOSTON — Restaurants will be allowed to sell take-out beer and wine, residents won't have municipal services shutoff for not being able to pay bills, and communities will be allowed to postpone their Town Meeting under a relief package signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in response to the COVID-19…

SALEM — A week after family members of people with developmental disabilities raised alarms about a lack of coordinated planning for potential coronavirus outbreaks in group homes and other state facilities, one person has died and nearly four dozen others have tested positive. 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a break from the front lines, nurse practitioner Gabe Westhemier tucked into a plate of duck confit, the work of one of the city's celebrity chefs. ("It was wonderful.")

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SWAMPSCOTT — Philanthropist and businessman Robert Israel "Bob" Lappin, whose Lappin Foundation's Youth to Israel Adventure sent generations of Jewish teens to Israel, died Friday morning at age 98.

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BOSTON -- Restaurants will be allowed to sell take-out beer and wine, residents won't have municipal services shutoff for not being able to pay bills, and communities will be allowed to postpone town meetings under a relief package approved late Thursday by lawmakers in response to the COVID…

SALEM — A contentious development project on Highland Avenue has trimmed down in size, but a virtual public hearing on the project's changes attracted limited public participation Thursday night.

SALEM — An Appeals Court panel has again found that it was wrong for a Salem Superior Court judge to dismiss a request by prosecutors to keep a repeat sex offender in custody simply because two experts in the case — who offered disparate opinions as to the man's dangerousness — worked in the…

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BOSTON — Thousands more Massachusetts workers joined the unemployment ranks in the past week, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shut down wide swaths of the economy.

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DANVERS — Two Saturdays ago, Winchester Hospital reached out to Jane Schweizer, program director of North Shore Community College's Respiratory Care Program, to see if the college could lend the hospital its mechanical ventilators that are normally used by respiratory therapist students.

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SALEM — The former head of North Shore Elder Services is appealing to Gov. Charlie Baker to stop the state's plan to transfer nursing home residents to create temporary COVID-19 treatment centers.

ROWLEY — Police arrested a Wenham woman after what they described as a "low-speed pursuit" Thursday when she got into her car and drove around a cruiser at a house where police were investigating a report of a disturbance.

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BEVERLY — In a time when you're not supposed to leave your home, a few local families have found a way to help out by going no further than their front steps.

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BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots private team plane is expected to return to Boston from China on Thursday carrying more than 1 million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus.

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pushed higher Thursday after a surge in oil prices helped resuscitate beaten-down energy stocks. The gains helped overshadow another report showing the coronavirus outbreak is forcing a record-breaking number of Americans into the unemployment queue.

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With direct cash aid to many Americans and expanded unemployment benefits set to start flowing as soon as next week, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation said Wednesday that they are already planning the next round of federal relief.

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BOSTON — Thousands more Massachusetts workers joined the unemployment ranks in the past week, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shut down wide swaths of the economy.

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SALEM — Massachusetts courts will now remain closed through May 4 except for emergency matters that cannot be handled remotely, court officials announced Wednesday.

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SALEM — In what could be an indication of where the state's highest court is heading on a lawsuit seeking release of potentially thousands of inmates due to the coronavirus pandemic, a convicted sex offender with underlying health issues was granted a new hearing Wednesday on his motion to d…

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The novel coronavirus is forcing a transformation of how hospitals operate, as they try to respond to growing numbers of patients and heightened safety concerns in the midst of a global pandemic.

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BEVERLY — It started with a conversation with her brother, an operating room nurse who, due to the number of elective surgeries that were being postponed, was temporarily being moved to a regular floor at the hospital where he works. 

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BOSTON — Marijuana advocates are asking the state to reopen recreational pot shops, arguing that prolonged closures will decimate the new industry and are unfair.

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BOSTON – Pressure is growing on Gov. Charlie Baker to shut down non-emergency construction statewide to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to maintain ties to the staffers they're letting go so they can more quickly rehire them once the viral outbreak has passed.

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BOSTON — A veteran who lived at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home has died after becoming infected with the coronavirus, and at least one more resident and at least two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, state officials said Wednesday morning.

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BOSTON — The state's highest court heard from nine lawyers Tuesday during a marathon 4-hour-plus hearing on the question of what to do with more than 16,000 inmates in Massachusetts jails and prisons during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The merger between defense contractor Raytheon and aircraft electronics manufacturer United Technologies Corp. is set to take place Friday. 

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Beverly - Lawrence (Larry) Weinberg, of Beverly, died peacefully in his sleep the evening of April 1st from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was the son of the late Sam and Eve Weinberg and was married for just under 62 years to Christa E. (Teubner) Weinberg. Born in Everett, MA, Lar…