Latest Massachusetts News

Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program

Jan. 19, 2019 1:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal. Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about $20,000...

Irving scores 38 points, Celtics beat Grizzlies 122-116

Jan. 18, 2019 10:58 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving's 20-point third quarter wasn't quite enough for the Boston Celtics to put away the Memphis Grizzlies. The star guard scored eight more in the fourth, finishing with 38 points and 11 assists while leading the Celtics to a 122-116 victory Friday night. "He was able to pick his...

Underdog Patriots face top seed KC. Yes, you read that right

Jan. 18, 2019 8:22 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It may have been hard to hear him over the noise of the New England fans celebrating an eighth straight trip to the AFC title game, but Tom Brady is feeling disrespected. That's right: The three-time NFL MVP and five-time Super Bowl champion told a national TV audience after...

Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Police: Man hurt in ATV crash dies from injuries

Jan. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash last week has died. Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh says the man died Wednesday from injuries sustained during the crash. Masslive.com reports the man has not been publicly identified. The crash...

Man who rear-ended taxi, killing passenger, gets prison time

Jan. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Michael Spinale was sentenced Thursday after...

Man on Massachusetts most wanted list caught in Miami

Jan. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man on the Massachusetts State Police's most wanted list for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping a woman in March has been captured. State police say 50-year-old Kevin Hamel was caught Friday morning in Miami by the U.S. Marshals after State Trooper Thiago Miranda determined his...

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Jan. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case asserted that family...

Teacher pleads not guilty to assault and battery charges

Jan. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts middle school teacher has been charged with assault and battery on a minor. The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that Brian Clemmey, a teacher at Parker Middle School in Taunton, pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on the condition that he have no contact with...

Ex-lawmaker Lyons elected chairman of state GOP

Jan. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former state Rep. Jim Lyons has been elected chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. The state party in statement Thursday says the former lawmaker from Andover won the election by a 47-30 margin over Brent Andersen, the party's treasurer. He succeeds Kirsten Hughes. Lyons served four...