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Police: Body washed ashore on Revere Beach

Apr. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are investigating the death of a man whose body washed ashore onto Revere Beach. The body was spotted early Tuesday by a resident in a high-rise condo on Revere Beach Boulevard, State Police Spokesman Dave Procopio said in an email. The condition of the...

In this Monday, April 6, 2020 photo, Father Brian Mahoney waits for the next churchgoers confession, held in the parking lot due to the virus outbreak, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chelmsford, Mass. After Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 10 people due to the coronavirus, the parish moved their confessional outdoors with drive-up service. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Virus vials OK after crash; drive-thru confessions heard

Apr. 7, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A car carrying samples to be tested for the coronavirus crashed Tuesday near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border, but liquid found at the scene turned out to be coffee, not the samples themselves, state police said. Responders were initially concerned the samples may have spilled when...

Police seek man seen on video drawing anti-Semitic graffiti

Apr. 7, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Police are seeking a man who drew anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish community center in Massachusetts. Police released surveillance footage Monday showing a man walking up to the Chabad Center of Brookline. The man wrote graffiti on the building in Russian and drew a symbol that...

In this April 2, 2020, frame from a Zoom video, the Rev. Laura Everett in Boston delivers a sermon for Boston’s First Baptist Church. As Everett delivered a previous sermon, a user who had seen the church service advertised entered the video conferencing session and shouted homophobic and racist slurs. Everett said she had tweeted the link to the sermon because she wanted “the doors of the church to be open to every weary soul who is looking for a word of comfort.” (The Rev. Laura E. Everett via AP)

Hackers' new target during pandemic: video conference calls

Apr. 7, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ceri Weber had just begun to defend her dissertation when the chaos began: Echoes and voices interrupted her. Someone parroted her words. Then Britney Spears music came on, and someone told Weber to shut up. Someone threatened to rape her. Hackers had targeted the meeting on the video...

Owner of beloved Cambridge bookstore dead at 73

Apr. 6, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a Massachusetts bookstore frequented by patrons from all over New England died at the age of 73. Kate Mattes, owner of Kate's Mystery Books, died March 26 in Bennington, Vermont, of cardiac arrest, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. Mattes' Cambridge store had 10,000...

Air Force veteran Willie Williams, 63, left, chats with Army veteran Vincent Whittemore outside the Soldiers' Home, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday the federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance at the Chelsea Soldier's Home and the Holyoke Soldiers' Home that have been hard-hit in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Federal officials delivering help to 2 private nursing homes

Apr. 6, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are delivering help to two private nursing homes in Massachusetts. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday at a White House briefing. A spokeswoman for the department said Monday...

DA: Police officer fatally shot suspect in disturbance

Apr. 6, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer shot and killed a suspect Sunday after responding to a neighborhood disturbance, prosecutors said Monday. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. in Milford. He says Philip Castonguay III, a 39-year-old...

Walmart patron sprays cashier with Lysol over pandemic limit

Apr. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are searching for a woman who they say sprayed a Walmart employee in the eyes with Lysol disinfectant. Leicester police said in a Facebook post Monday that the unidentified woman sprayed the worker after being informed there was a limit on the number of cans...

Police: Driver killed in rollover crash

Apr. 6, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A woman has died in a rollover crash in Lawrence, according to Massachusetts State Police. The accident happened at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday on I-495. State police say a 2007 Honda CRV veered off the highway, returned to the travel lanes and rolled over. The driver, Shamara Castillo,...

Mayor's corruption trial delayed as new doc premiering

Apr. 6, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts mayor facing federal investment fraud and extortion charges has been delayed several months. U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said in a tweet Monday that the trial of former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia that had been slated for May has now been...