Latest Massachusetts News

Airline starts new New York-to-Boston seaplane flights

Aug. 03, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Travelers between New York and Boston tired of the time-consuming hassles of crowded airports and commercial flights now have a more convenient, albeit pricey, alternative. Tailwind Air on Tuesday started direct nonstop seaplane service between Manhattan...

Question would stop short of declaring gig workers employees

Aug. 03, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some gig workers and a coalition of app-based businesses including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are pushing a proposed ballot question in Massachusetts they say would grant new benefits for workers while stopping short of declaring them employees. ...

Gov. Baker signs bill creating state hate crimes task force

Aug. 03, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Tuesday creating a state hate crimes task force. The task force is charged with advising state leaders on issues relating to hate crime, including its prevalence, ways to prevent it, and how to best...

Massachusetts cop fired over improper use of database

Aug. 03, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer has been fired after his chief determined the officer violated state law by looking up women on a criminal justice database without valid justification. Brennan Polidoro was fired this spring after...

Woman pleads guilty to pandemic-related unemployment fraud

Aug. 03, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to using stolen identities to fraudulently obtain more than $250,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits, federal prosecutors said. Lilly Nguyen, 24, of Stoneham, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in...

Massachusetts public worker pension fund has its best year

Aug. 03, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public employee pension fund on Tuesday reported a net investment return of nearly 30% for the recently ended fiscal year, the best return in the fund's 35-year history. The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board in a...

Former school superintendent alleges anti-gay discrimination

Aug. 03, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

HULL, Mass. (AP) — The former superintendent of Hull public schools alleges in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against because he is gay and his firing has made it impossible for him to land a new job in education. Michael Devine alleges breach of contract,...

New 'slow zone' to protect rare whales off Massachusetts

Aug. 03, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government has announced a new voluntary speed restriction zone to try to protect rare whales off the Massachusetts coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the new “slow zone” is located southeast of...

NTSB: Green Line train that hit 2nd train was going 30 mph

Aug. 02, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Green Line train that struck a second train on Friday was traveling at 30 miles per hour, while the train that was struck was traveling at about 10 mph, according to a preliminary review of data by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB...

9 Massachusetts counties now subject to CDC masking guidance

Aug. 02, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated mask guidance now applies to nine Massachusetts counties, according to data released Monday. That is up from five counties last week. The guidance issued last week recommends...