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Two-sport standout Tom Yewcic dies at age 88

Oct. 24, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Tom Yewcic, a multisport standout who played one game at catcher for the Detroit Tigers before spending several years as a punter with the Boston Patriots, has died. He was 88. An obituary posted on the website of Keefe Funeral Home in Massachusetts said Yewcic died Tuesday. Yewcic...

A woman, right, has a meal, inside a restaurant's outdoor tent Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, in Kew Gardens in the Queens borough of New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing restrictions slightly in some coronavirus hot spots in New York City, but adding them in areas along the Pennsylvania border as the state recorded more than 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time since mid-May. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Latest: Mexico's Chihuahua border state back in lockdown

Oct. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill up. The Chihuahua state government declared the return to the “red” level of alert Friday, which closes...

Berklee appoints first woman to lead music college

Oct. 23, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history, officials at the Boston school announced this week. Muhl, a composer and conductor, previously led music and arts schools at the University of...

Schools leader quits after appearing to mock Asian names

Oct. 22, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The chairperson of the Boston school board resigned Thursday after appearing to mock Asian names during a virtual meeting. Michael Loconto made the comments during a long meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to drop admissions tests for the city’s elite exam schools for one...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters demonstrate as a Salt Lake City police vehicle burns, in Salt Lake City. Investigators studied video footage to find Jackson Stuart Tamowski Patton, 26, who is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. The Department of Justice is using aggressive tactics against those it has charged in the civil unrest over racism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP finds most arrested in protests aren't leftist radicals

Oct. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tells a different story. Very few of those charged appear to be...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates smiles after he was presented with the annual NCAA Inspiration Award at his home in Beverly, Mass. Dozens of items of sports memorabilia collected by Peter Frates, whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge, are being auctioned to help people still fighting the disease. Proceeds from the online auction that started Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will benefit the Pete Frates Family Foundation, which assists ALS patients and their families with the cost of home health care, his father, John Frates, told The Salem News. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Items collected by ice bucket challenge inspiration for sale

Oct. 20, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of items of sports memorabilia collected by Peter Frates, whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge, are being auctioned to help people still fighting the disease. Proceeds from the online auction that started Tuesday will benefit...

Karen Russell waits in line for early voting to open at Fenway Park, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A Fenway first: Ballpark becomes voting venue amid pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bostonians who lined up at the nation’s oldest ballpark on Saturday were far more focused on the ballot box than the batter’s box. Hundreds of people cast their votes at Fenway Park, which city officials are using as an alternative to indoor venues during the pandemic. Voter Rob...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) works against Colorado Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov (16) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston. The Avalanche acquired Brandon Saad in a multiplayer trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Colorado sent Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to Chicago for Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert. The Blackhawks also will retain $1 million of Saad’s $6 million salary for next season. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Bruins' Pastrnak, Marchand could miss start of next season

Oct. 13, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins could be without two-thirds of their top line when the next NHL season starts after the team said Tuesday that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each underwent surgery last month. Pastrnak isn’t expected to be fully recovered and able to play until mid-February after an operation to repair...

Boston mayor: Video of ICE stop of Black man 'disturbing'

Oct. 9, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said a video that shows a Black jogger being questioned by immigration agents is “disturbing” and “unacceptable.” Bena Apreala told reporters he was jogging in the city's West Roxbury neighborhood on Tuesday when three men stopped him,...