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Regulators set to award states 1st commercial pot license

Jun. 21, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State marijuana regulators are likely to award the first business license under the state's recreational marijuana law, but it won't mean the opening of any pot shops. The Cannabis Control Commission has scheduled a vote for later Thursday on awarding a Tier 3 cultivation license to Sira...

Water balloon slingshots top list of unsafe summer toys

Jun. 21, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based consumer watchdog group has warned of the dangers to children of water balloon slingshots, lawn darts and other summer toys. Those playthings top a list of 10 questionable toys issued Thursday by World Against Toys Causing Harm, better known by its acronym, W.A.T.C.H. Others...

Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned

Jun. 21, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of three men charged in connection with a robbery at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was away at the Super Bowl has been held on $100,000 bail. The Sun Chronicle reports that 26-year-old Shane Denn, wearing a Patriots T-shirt, pleaded not guilty...

Massachusetts home getting struck by mystery arrows

Jun. 21, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple wants to know who's shooting hunting arrows at their house. Accurzio and Loretta Schlafani, both in their 70s, say three arrows with razor tips have struck on or near their Worcester home since Friday. The first arrow remains stuck in their garage roof because...

Body of missing child found in western Massachusetts river

Jun. 21, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

RUSSELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a child reported missing has been recovered in a Massachusetts river. State police say the child's body was found in the Westfield River in Russell at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The child had been reported missing from a home in town several hours earlier....

Boston's energy chief to leave for a new job

Jun. 21, 2018 1:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's chief of energy and the environment has announced he is leaving City Hall. The Boston Globe reports city officials confirmed Wednesday that Austin Blackmon is leaving for a job in the private sector near the San Francisco Bay area. He will be working on product development and growth...

Mayor: Stop feeding wild animals, or face a fine

Jun. 21, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor has proposed fines of up to $300 for people who feed wildlife as part of an effort to keep bears, coyotes and other animals from the area. The Republican reports West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt introduced the ordinance last week, saying there has...

Jurors in Mafia boss trial to start 3rd day of deliberations

Jun. 21, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors are heading back to federal court for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former New England Mafia boss charged with killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago. Jurors in the Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme case left the Boston courthouse Wednesday without...

Police identify man fatally shot in Massachusetts

Jun. 20, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 33-year-old Massachusetts man who was fatally shot in an incident in which two other men suffered gunshot wounds. Lowell police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office say Sarom Yut, of Lowell, was killed shortly after 4 p.m. Monday outside a home in...

Lawmakers approve family leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage

Jun. 20, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on the November ballot. The House passed the measure on a 126-25 vote. The Senate followed, approving the...