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Officials investigate death of fin whale

Aug. 21, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) — Officials in Massachusetts are investigating the death of a fin whale that washed up on a beach. The New England Aquarium says the 55-foot-long whale was floating in Cape Cod Bay Sunday before it washed ashore on Duxbury Beach Monday morning. Aquarium spokeswoman Diana Brown McCloy...

Day at the beach turns to panic, tragedy; married couple die

Aug. 21, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — One moment, Matt Tomaszewski was enjoying a sunny day at the beach with his family. The next, he was running to the ocean with his paddleboard to try to save the lives of six swimmers caught in a rip current. He was among numerous good Samaritans and others who sprang into action...

Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

Aug. 20, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park. Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning right after Porcello was struck, Corey Kluber tied...

Judge weighs suit challenging arrests of married immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the class action...

Ex-Senate president's spouse admits making crank phone calls

Aug. 20, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has pleaded guilty to placing harassing phone calls to a treatment facility where he was a patient. The Middlesex district attorney's office says Bryon Hefner was sentenced Monday to one year of probation....

DOT to look for a solution after exit closure snarls traffic

Aug. 20, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says it's looking for a solution after the closure of a well-traveled highway exit caused traffic jams for Rhode Island and Massachusetts commuters heading into Providence. The DOT closed the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on...

AAA says gas prices are down a penny in Massachusetts

Aug. 20, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gasoline prices are down in Massachusetts. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.82 per gallon, which is one cent lower than last week. That price is one cent lower than the national average and 58 cents per gallon...

Man charged with biting golfer's finger off in course brawl

Aug. 20, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man charged with biting off another man's finger during a brawl at a Massachusetts golf course was part of a group complaining about another group's slow play. Derek Harkins was released on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including assault...

Massachusetts man hikes Appalachian Trail over 226 day hikes

Aug. 20, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — Paul Truesdale once came across a mother bear and three cubs while on a hike with his longtime friend, Frank Palazzi. "They were just sitting there, munching on vegetation, wandering back and forth," Truesdale said. "I think the mother saw us and she started walking towards us and...

Dog owners seek long leash on new state law

Aug. 20, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) — New state regulations haven't stopped canines visiting the East Sandwich Game Farm during the dog days of summer from swimming or playing off leash. Whether dogs' owners will eventually have to conform to new leashing regulations adopted by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and...