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Ridership drop speeds repairs; colleges eye reopening plans

May. 27, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A precipitous drop in public transit ridership due to COVID-19 concerns has given the MBTA a chance to accelerate some previously planned upgrades, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference Wednesday. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is finishing a Blue Line subway upgrade...

Man charged in scheme that used Bitcoin to buy personal data

May. 27, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged in a fraud scheme that involved using Bitcoin to buy stolen personal data belonging to people across the country, officials said. Jonathan Nguyen, 23, of Windham, was charged Tuesday in federal court with conspiring to engage in wire fraud, access-device...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

Sheriff's recruit dies during physical training

May. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A recruit with a Massachusetts sheriff's department has died unexpectedly during physical fitness exercises, authorities said Wednesday. Anish Khalifa, 29, of Woburn, died Tuesday while training at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger...

Scallop fishing off New England to face some limitations

May. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to some limitations for about 10 months, federal regulators say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations can't fish for or possess...

Worker charged with smuggling drugs into jail facility

May. 27, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A food service worker at a pre-release center for inmates in the custody of the Essex County sheriff's office has been charged with smuggling what appears to be the opioid fentanyl into the facility, officials said. Pedro Carbonell Jr., 39, of Lawrence, an employee of a private food...

Man released from jail because of virus concerns arrested

May. 27, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man released from jail because of concerns about catching the coronavirus has been arrested on a charge of distributing child pornography, the U.S. attorney's office in New Hampshire said. According to court documents, Russell Graham, 40, of Lowell, Massachusetts, had been in jail...

Vin Norton, of Wellesley, Mass., left, gets his hair cut by barber Cristian Lopez, of Sherborn, Mass., at Barber Walter's barbershop, as they both wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Wellesley. Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to open, Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Field hospital suspends admissions; New COVID-19 cases fall

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In another sign of progress in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Massachsuetts, a field hospital set up inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is suspending the admission of new patients. The field hospital, dubbed “Boston Hope,” was one a handful...

Average price of gas in Massachusetts drops 2 cents

May. 26, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has risen 2 cents in the past week, AAA Northeast reported Tuesday. Self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $1.94 per gallon, which is 2 cents lower than the national average and 84 cents lower than the Bay State price one...

In this April 2020, photo provided by Josh Kantor, the Boston Red Sox organist plays the organ in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Each afternoon since what would have been opening day, Kantor has been live-streaming concerts of ballpark music and other fan requests from his home in an attempt to recreate the community feeling baseball fans might be missing while the sport is shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mary Eaton/Josh Kantor via AP)

Virtual 7th-inning stretch brings ballpark feeling home

May. 26, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It’s 3 o’clock, about the time they'd be getting ready for the seventh-inning stretch at an afternoon Red Sox game. Josh Kantor settles onto the bench of the Yamaha Electone organ in his living room and clicks on his wife's iPhone to begin another show. Each afternoon since what...