Latest Massachusetts News

The Latest: China's Sinovac to build vaccine plant in Chile

Aug. 04, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean authorities and the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac announced plans to build a filling and packaging plant for Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccines in Chile. Vaccines from the Chinese plant, which will come into operation in Santiago in the...

Massachusetts man pleads guilty in co-worker's death

Aug. 04, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts construction worker pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and will serve an 18-month sentence for the punch that killed his friend and co-worker last year. Robert Clarke and Elliott Fama came to Maine in October last year for a...

Gov. Baker: All long-term care workers must be vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday that his administration will begin mandating that staff working in long-term care facilities receive COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help protect some of the state's most vulnerable residents against the disease. ...

Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket face dire climate change impact

Aug. 04, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The famous islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts are facing serious impacts from rising sea levels and more powerful coastal storms driven by climate change, a new environmental report released Wednesday warns. The “State of the...

Obama curtails 60th birthday bash after delta variant surge

Aug. 04, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The party for the nation's 44th president will go on, but only for family and close friends. Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend at his Martha's Vineyard home off the Massachusetts coast due to the...

Police: Driver in hit-and-run fatality was on drugs

Aug. 04, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A 59-year-old woman has died after being being struck by a driver under the influence of drugs who then left the scene, authorities said. Lisa Rocha, of Taunton, was struck at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Main and Cedar streets, police and the...

Former top housing official convicted in fraud scheme

Aug. 04, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester’s former top housing official has been convicted by a federal jury of conspiring with a developer to steal federal funds earmarked for an affordable housing project. Jacklyn Sutcivni, who served as the former city manager's chief of...

Airline starts new New York-to-Boston seaplane flights

Aug. 03, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Travelers between New York and Boston tired of the time-consuming hassles of crowded airports and commercial flights now have a more convenient, albeit pricey, alternative. Tailwind Air on Tuesday started direct nonstop seaplane service between Manhattan...

Question would stop short of declaring gig workers employees

Aug. 03, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some gig workers and a coalition of app-based businesses including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are pushing a proposed ballot question in Massachusetts they say would grant new benefits for workers while stopping short of declaring them employees. ...

Gov. Baker signs bill creating state hate crimes task force

Aug. 03, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Tuesday creating a state hate crimes task force. The task force is charged with advising state leaders on issues relating to hate crime, including its prevalence, ways to prevent it, and how to best...