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News outlets challenge Maryland online ad law

Aug. 17, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — News outlets filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a Maryland law meant to fight foreign meddling in online political advertising because they say it creates unfair burdens on media sites that publish such ads. The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and several newspapers,...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 17, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ VERMONT The Times Argus Aug. 16 We have our candidates for the upcoming gubernatorial race. The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and incumbent Phil Scott, a Republican, should prove to be an interesting and historic matchup. Hallquist is the first transgender...

Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Aug. 16, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse...

Ski resort owner to fix child labor violations, pay penalty

Aug. 16, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A company that runs ski resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts has agreed to resolve child labor law violations and pay a penalty of over $21,500, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Investigators with the department's Wage and Hour Division say the resorts are...

Alzheimer's advocates hail law aimed at raising awareness

Aug. 15, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Alzheimer's advocates in Massachusetts are hailing a new law that aims to raise awareness about the disease while also increasing efforts to train caregivers about recognizing and treating dementia more effectively. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Wednesday more than...

The 411 on 529s

Aug. 15, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

It's back-to-school time and let's face it — education can be expensive. The College Board reports that the average cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board at a public four-year college in the U.S. was $20,770 last year. And that's just a starting point — out-of-state tuition, private...

Public official slams beer company founder for Trump comment

Aug. 14, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor is lambasting the founder of a famous beer company for praising President Donald Trump at a recent dinner. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said Sunday on Twitter that he will "never drink Sam Adams beer again," following comments from The Boston Beer Company co-founder...

Massachusetts governor touts bill aimed at opioid addiction

Aug. 14, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at helping curb the state's opioid addiction crisis. The Republican said Tuesday the new law builds on an earlier law by holding providers more accountable for the painkiller prescriptions they write and by taking stronger steps to...

EU steps up action against Poland over supreme court law

Aug. 14, 2018 7:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is increasing pressure on Poland over what it sees as flaws in the country's Supreme Court law, and has given Warsaw a month to act before facing possible court action. Tuesday's move centers on Polish legislation that forces the early retirement of over a third of the...

Beijing appeals to US for fairness under investment law

Aug. 14, 2018 2:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington on Tuesday not to misuse security concerns to hamper business activity after President Donald Trump signed a law that expands the jurisdiction of an investment review panel. The law signed Monday by Trump expands the authority of a government security panel to...