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Rainy weather leads to large mushroom haul

Oct. 22, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dugie Russell opened the back end of his hatchback to reveal a trove of treasures, but it wasn't what you might expect. Inside were enormous mushrooms, two of which weighed about 30 pounds each. Russell tottered a bit before he could get a good hold on them — one in each arm...

Man thanks church for serving as his sanctuary

Oct. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Lucio Perez, a Guatemalan national who took sanctuary in an Amherst church last year amid announcements of the federal government's crackdown on immigrants without proper documentation, said Saturday that he was doing well despite the circumstances. Standing before a crowd of hundreds...

Strangers help homeless veteran in need

Oct. 22, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — At 2 a.m. on a chilly May morning, Norman Franks sat slumped in a chair in a TV lounge at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, fighting for snatches of sleep under the glare of ceiling lights, he said. A Navy veteran of the late 1970s, Franks had led a troubled life. His...

Boston suburbs deal with booming rat populations

Oct. 22, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Suburban Boston communities are dealing with a surge in rat infestations. The Boston Globe reports that towns like Belmont and Peabody have focused efforts on eradicating growing rat populations. The Waltham City Council recently approved $15,000 to manage rodent issues after reports of...

World Series Bark Park: Porcello's pup romps around Fenway

Oct. 22, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fresh from his World Series workout, Rick Porcello was far from dog tired. So the Red Sox pitcher took his new puppy for a romp at a popular park — Fenway Park . Porcello watched in amusement as 4-month-old Bronco the German shepherd explored the yard Sunday. The pup sniffed outside...

Police: pedestrian dies in crash involving vehicle

Oct. 22, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a pedestrian has died in a crash involving a vehicle in Seabrook. WMUR-TV reports 51-year-old Andrew Dobson, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday night. Police were called around 8 p.m. to Ocean Boulevard at the...

Mountain bike bank robber sentenced to prison

Oct. 22, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A serial bank robber who used a mountain bike to make his getaway after robbing three Massachusetts banks has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. John Soule was sentenced Friday to three and a half years and ordered to pay more than $58,000 in restitution for robbing banks in...

Kershaw works out in shorts on chilly night at Fenway

Oct. 22, 2018 6:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an early look at Fenway Park, working out in shorts in the bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's World Series opener. The Dodgers arrived in Boston on Sunday, a day after winning the NL pennant. Kershaw tossed a perfect ninth inning in a 5-1 Game 7 victory at...

Federal opioid funds target those recovering from addiction

Oct. 22, 2018 5:45 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Stipends to attend job training programs and subsidies for cellphones, subway cards and work clothes. These are some of the things Massachusetts has invested in using federal money to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. Unlike other states, Massachusetts used the lion's share of its...

Cora has put players 1st during Red Sox run to World Series

Oct. 22, 2018 3:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first. It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and as bench coach...