GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A college art professor who pleaded guilty to using a rock, a fire poker and garden shears in a four-hour attack on a colleague that left the victim with permanent injuries has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.


BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge denied a request by several employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts for an injunction to block the company from placing them on unpaid leave for violating the system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

BOSTON — New jobless claims in Massachusetts dropped last week as the state’s pandemic-battered labor market continued to rebound.

BOSTON — Tipped workers got a boost several years ago under a plan that will increase their base pay over the next several years, but labor advocates say it’s not enough for those who work in restaurants, bars and other wage-based jobs.


An extraordinarily rare coin with a face value of just pennies when it was minted in mid-17th century New England could sell for the equivalent of about $300,000 when it's put up for auction in London next month.

BOSTON — A legislative panel began deliberations Monday on a proposal to change the 2016 voter-approved law requiring larger enclosures for egg-laying chickens to reduce the size of their coops.


BOSTON (AP) — The owner of an unlicensed marijuana delivery service in Massachusetts that reaped millions of dollars in revenue from 2015 until 2018 was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison, federal prosecutors said.


BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts woman who has spent 30 years in prison since being convicted of killing her boyfriend says her client was convicted based on “racist and sexist stereotypes,” and is asking Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins to support a motion to reduce her s…


BOSTON (AP) — Several employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts say in a lawsuit that they were subjected to discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal law when their requests for medical or religious exemptions from the organization's COVID-19 vaccine mandate wer…


BOSTON — More than 95% of executive branch state employees submitted the necessary paperwork on time to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine mandate, but for the more than 1,500 who did not, it remains unclear when the threatened consequences including suspension and termination will begin.

With Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for executive branch employees in effect Monday, hundreds of correction officers could be in violation of the policy following a decision by a federal court judge to deny their request to block the vaccine order.

A day after the deadline arrived for executive branch employees to get vaccinated under Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate, the head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts said his members have heard nothing but silence from the administration about exemptions or consequences.


BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 1,600 Massachusetts state employees had not proved they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or had sought a vaccine exemption by Sunday's deadline, the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a new state law that focuses on students' access to school meals, with provisions around free breakfast and lunch as well as unpaid meal debt.

BOSTON — Schools will be allowed to ease COVID-19 masking requirements beginning next month if they can prove that at least 80% of students and staff are vaccinated.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard, already the nation's wealthiest university, grew its endowment to more than $53 billion in the latest fiscal year, the Ivy League school reported in its annual financial report released Thursday.

BOSTON — A challenge to Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees goes before a federal judge Thursday, who will hear arguments by lawyers for law enforcement officers hoping to block the new policy from going into effect.

BOSTON — Lawmakers want Massachusetts to join nearly two dozen states taking pictures of traffic violators who run red lights and make illegal turns.

BOSTON — Lawmakers are awaiting release of new political maps this week, which are likely to shake up legislative districts across the state.


STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-based economist won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for pioneering research that showed an increase in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers, challenging commonly held ideas. Two others shared the award …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will try to persuade the Supreme Court this week to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by arguing that a jury had no need to examine evidence that the government itself relied on at an earlier phase of…

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BOSTON (AP) — Two wealthy parents were convicted Friday of buying their kids' way into school as athletic recruits in the first case to go to trial in the college admissions cheating scandal that embroiled prestigious universities across the country.

BOSTON — Two wealthy parents who are the first to stand trial in the college admissions bribery scandal used lies and money to steal coveted spots at prestigious schools their kids couldn’t secure on their own, a prosecutor said Wednesday before jurors decide if the men are guilty.

BOSTON — Drug defendants whose cases have not yet been dismissed because of rampant misconduct at a Boston lab are not entitled to new trials unless they can prove that evidence specific to their cases was tainted, a judge ruled Wednesday.

BOSTON — Manufacturers of electronic gadgets, from smart phones to vacuum cleaners, are keeping repair plans secret and limiting access to replacement parts, advocates say, which drives up costs for consumers and forces many small repair shops out of business.

BOSTON — Hospital margins in Massachusetts slipped last year despite infusions of federal and state COVID-19 relief funds, according to a new report.

BOSTON — A rise of fatal opioid overdoses has revived a push on Beacon Hill for state-sanctioned sites where addicts can shoot drugs under the supervision of health care workers.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson plans to relocate its headquarters from Massachusetts to gun-friendlier Tennessee in a $125 million investment expected to create 750 jobs, officials announced Thursday.


BOSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts has hit a snag as a key U.S. Senate panel deadlocked Thursday over the nomination of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins as the state's top federal prosecutor.

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts homeless shelter stole about $1.5 million in part by secretly renting properties he owned to the shelter at above-market rates, prosecutors said Thursday.


FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A small breeding population of an invasive insect that can damage native trees and crops has been found in Massachusetts for the first time, state agricultural officials said.

BOSTON — Workers will get more time off to care for family members sickened with COVID-19, or to get their vaccination or booster shots, under a proposal awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker’s approval.

Masks will remain required in Massachusetts public schools until at least Nov. 1, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in guidance issued to districts and published Monday.


Activists dressed in hospital gowns will gather on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to use $17 million of about $5.1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds to close the gap that they say prevents seniors from being able to afford needed health care.

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