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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, Inyoung You leaves Suffolk Superior Court in Boston after pleading not guilty to involuntary manslaughter of Alexander Urtula, who took his own life on the day of his Boston College graduation in May. The manslaughter case against the former Boston College student accused of encouraging her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, to take his own life will head toward trial, prosecutors said Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Case against woman charged in boyfriend's suicide to proceed

Jan. 15, 2021 4:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The manslaughter case against a former Boston College student accused of encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life will head toward trial, prosecutors said Friday. A court this week partially denied the defense's motion to dismiss, finding that Inyoung You’s words could have...

EPA finds toxic chemicals leached into common pesticide

Jan. 15, 2021 1:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Toxins leached from packaging into a pesticide commonly used on mosquitoes, the Environmental Protection Agency has found, but the risks to human health are unclear. Testing by the EPA found the pesticide, Anvil 10+10, contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively...

This artist's rendering provided by MASS Design Group illustrates a proposed monument entitled

Where MLK and Coretta met and studied, a memorial will rise

Jan. 15, 2021 8:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A major memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King is moving forward in Boston, where they met and studied in the 1950s. King Boston, the privately funded organization coordinating the estimated $9.5 million project, said this week that fabrication of a roughly...

MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

Jan. 14, 2021 3:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also collecting U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research. Gang Chen, 56, was arrested by federal agents at his home in Cambridge on charges including...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) talks to Jaylen Brown (7), Robert Williams III (44) and Brad Wanamaker, right rear, on the floor during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference final against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Walker taking his time as Celtics look to resume play

Jan. 14, 2021 3:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — For now the season debut of Celtics point guard Kemba Walker remains in a holding pattern. The Celtics haven’t played a game in nearly a week thanks to the recent rash of coronavirus cases that continues to cause postponements across the league. Walker would love to provide the team...

DeGray III lifts UMass past Rhode Island 80-78 in OT

Jan. 13, 2021 10:22 PM EST

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — R onnie DeGray III scored a career-high 21 points and Tre Mitchell made the go-ahead free throws with 33 seconds left in overtime as UMass beat Rhode Island 80-78 on Wednesday night. D.J. Johnson put the Rmas up 78-77 with a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. Mitchell was fouled on the...

Construction workers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus exit an elevator in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the annual Lunar New Year festival, as the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic originally broke out in Wuhan a year ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases surging in northeast China

Jan. 13, 2021 9:27 PM EST

BEIJING — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast, and has reported its first death attributed to COVID-19 in months. Officials said Thursday that Heilongjiang province in the region traditionally known as Manchuria recorded 43 new virus cases, most of them centered on the...

Tenants' rights advocate Danielle Willams demonstrates outside the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Boston. The protest was part of a national day of action calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend the eviction moratorium initiated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Housing advocates call on Biden to extend eviction ban

Jan. 13, 2021 4:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Housing advocates around the country staked out courthouses and held rallies Wednesday, calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend and strengthen the current federal ban on evictions. President Donald Trump’s directive, implemented in September by the U.S. Centers for...

Rep. Pressley: Husband positive for COVID-19 after lockdown

Jan. 13, 2021 3:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said Wednesday that her husband has tested positive for COVID-19 following last week's lockdown at the Capitol. The Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement that Conan Harris received a positive test Tuesday evening. Pressley said she received a negative test...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is administered to personal support worker Anita Quidangen by registered nurse Hiwot Arfaso at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 9:39 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. An attorney at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty legal firm says Levin died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the...