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A couple wear a protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak as they walk on the shore of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Unemployment rate soars past 15%; COVID-19 cases near 91,000

May. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate soared to 15.1% in April — up from about 2.8% in March — as the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus shuttered wide swaths of the economy, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

May. 22, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Brady's Super Bowl journeys to be part of 2021 ESPN series

May. 21, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

Tom Brady's journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released next year. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady's perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl...

Patriots sign last remaining draft pick, 2nd-rounder Dugger

May. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots on Wednesday signed second-round draft pick Kyle Dugger, a defensive back and punt returner from Lenoir-Rhyne. He was the last member of the team's 2020 draft class who had been unsigned. Dugger, 24, had 237 tackles, 10 interceptions and six forced fumbles...

Gretchen DeBartolo takes an order for a family of five at The South Congregational Church Food Pantry, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Pittsfield, Mass. Additionally, the pantry operates a kitchen that serves up to 100 people per meal to go. All the food distribution is carefully packed and transferred without contact. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

COVID-19 deaths top 6,000; Baker touts new work protocols

May. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Massachusetts has surged past 6,000 as the state’s economy begins to reopen. There were 128 new COVID-19-related deaths reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 6,066 since the start of the pandemic. Massachusetts has recorded...

Patriots sign former Virginia Tech TE Dalton Keene

May. 15, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

The Patriots have signed tight end Dalton Keene, leaving only one member of their 2020 draft class unsigned. Keene, a third-round pick out of Virginia Tech, appeared in 39 games during three seasons with the Hokies, totaling 59 receptions for 748 yards and eight touchdowns. He represents the Patriots' latest...

New Patriots WR Lee eager for fresh start after injuries

May. 13, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For wide receiver Marqise Lee, signing with the Patriots this offseason wasn’t about New England’s championship history. It was about going to a place that would give him the best chance to prove he can still play football. The 39th overall pick in the 2014 draft by...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, left, runs from New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) on the way for a touchdown after a reception during an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Dorsett has never set foot in Seattle or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Not as a player in either of his previous NFL stops. Not in college. Not just for a random trip. He hasn’t even seen in person the the place he'll practice after signing with the Seattle Seahawks whenever the facility becomes available to use. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Dorsett hoping decision to move to Seahawks will pay off

May. 12, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Phillip Dorsett has never set foot in Seattle or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Not as a player in either of his previous NFL stops. Not in college. Not even for a random trip. Needless to say, he hasn’t personally seen the place where he will eventually practice after...

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, a New England Patriots Super Bowl LI ring, created after the 38-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, is seen at the Super Bowl Rings exhibit in Indianapolis. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has donated his Super Bowl LI championship ring to an auction that raises money to provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; Baker outlines reopening plan

May. 11, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts death toll from COVID-19 surged past 5,000 on Monday even as the state began mapping out plans to gradually restart the state’s economy. Massachusetts reported another 129 confirmed COVID-19-related death, bringing to 5,108 the total number of deaths recorded in the...

Seymour named to Patriots team Hall of Fame by fans

May. 11, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Fans have made former defensive lineman Richard Seymour the newest member of the New England Patriots team Hall of Fame, the team announced Monday. Seymour, the team's first-round draft choice in 2001, spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Patriots and...