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.

[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.

[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.

LAWRENCE — In addition to 13-year-old Chloe Ricard of Amesbury, prosecutors now believe Carlos Rivera may have sexually assaulted and provided drugs to “more than a dozen potential victims,” according to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.

NEWBURYPORT — Now entering the final weeks of his cross-country walk in support of the nation’s veterans, William Shuttleworth reflected Tuesday on the new friends and perspectives his adventure has awarded him.

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.

[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.

[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.

LAWRENCE — In addition to 13-year-old Chloe Ricard of Amesbury, prosecutors now believe Carlos Rivera may have sexually assaulted and provided drugs to “more than a dozen potential victims,” according to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.

NEWBURYPORT — Now entering the final weeks of his cross-country walk in support of the nation’s veterans, William Shuttleworth reflected Tuesday on the new friends and perspectives his adventure has awarded him.

[Coverage Developing] MBTA officials are planning a significant expansion of weekend shutdowns through December, aiming to accelerate planned maintenance and infrastructure improvements in the wake of derailments and service problems.

NEWBURYPORT – After four days paddling through scenic landscapes, sudden rainstorms, challenging rapids and invisible sewage released into the waters around them, a cluster of kayakers landed at Plum Island Point on Saturday, marking the end of a 117-mile trek to shine a light on the Merrima…

BOSTON — A group of four freshman Democratic lawmakers, backed by more than a dozen others, issued a statement Thursday to "demand" that Congress ban assault weapons and implement universal background checks for firearm purchases across the United States.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker wants to explore adding new lanes to highways in Massachusetts and charging motorists to use them as part of a wider response to congestion.

[Story Developing] The near-omnipresent congestion on Massachusetts roadways has worsened to the point where access to employment is becoming strained and the state may struggle to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets, according to the results of a long-awaited Baker administration study.

The Baker administration will release its highly-anticipated congestion study on Thursday a year after Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the analysis of traffic throughout Massachusetts.

BOSTON — Lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to create a commission to study how to improve the health of the Merrimack River by reducing sewage discharges.

Changes in the environment, including warming waters, are prompting the U.S. government to add eight populations of fish to its federal overfished list, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday.

BOSTON — University of Massachusetts trustees on Friday approved a 2.5 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students, as members of the board cautioned of "clouds on the horizon" in enrollment and revenue trends.

BOSTON – Bolstered by new poll numbers that show strong support, a coalition of auto repair and parts shops is preparing to take the first step toward putting a question on the 2020 ballot that would require car manufacturers to make digital repair information easily accessible.

The long-sought measure to expand and modernize lobster processing regulations in Massachusetts is now law, as of Gov. Charlie Baker's signature on Wednesday.

[Coverage Developing] Massachusetts gets an annual budget Wednesday that's one month late and Beacon Hill officials are at risk of missing another deadline that could bring harness racing and simulcast wagering to a halt on Thursday.

HAMPTON, N.H. — A Newburyport doctor who acted as a whistleblower about substandard care at New Hampshire's veterans medical center died Tuesday night in a single-car crash on Interstate 95.

A day after a tornado touched down in Harwich and South Yarmouth, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday plans to meet with emergency personnel and local officials on Cape Cod to discuss storm damage.

LAWRENCE — While Carlos Rivera, charged in the death of a 13-year-old Amesbury girl, remains held without bail, a criminal investigation involving him continues and could reveal more victims and additional charges, according to court papers. 

BOSTON — Lawmakers abruptly recessed an oversight hearing on failures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles after the Baker administration witnesses the committee hoped to hear from did not show up.

As it continues to build out the nation's first statewide cannabis social equity program, the Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday selected six organizations to provide technical and financial assistance to prospective business owners from communities disproportionately harmed by past dr…

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016, more than a week after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defense says contains information that supports the actor's claims of innocence.

The Board of Higher Education plans a series of early August hearings on proposed regulations involving the identification and monitoring of private colleges and universities at risk of closure.

[Developing] The MBTA’s Blue Line is partially shut down Wednesday morning as the transit agency deals with a power issue near Government Center.

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SALEM — The new interim leader of Salem High School is coming in with a very non-interim objective: something to prove.

[Story Developing] In the first eight days that Encore Boston Harbor was open, gamblers wagered more than $93.5 million on the slot machines alone at the Everett casino and the Wynn Resorts operation counted $16.79 million in total revenue, or more than $2 million a day.

LAWRENCE — A church on Haverhill Street is being offered as a sanctuary center for undocumented immigrants as the city, state and nation prepare for deportation raids by the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement, or ICE agency, on Sunday.

LAWRENCE — An Amesbury man suspected of a mid-June killing was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on a murder charge, although no new information on the case was revealed in open court.

BOSTON – Both branches of the Legislature have scheduled rare Friday sessions as lawmakers continue their wait for the now 11-day late, $42.7 billion state budget.

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Newtown Square, PA - Gerard R. Jr., "Gary", age 73, on Aug. 15, 2019, of Newtown Square, Pa., formerly of Beverly Farms, Mass. Survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Elizabeth; his daughters Allison DeNapoli Schill (Vaughn) and Alanna DeNapoli Morris (Judson); his grandchildren Connor, Ro…