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Ceiling of historic church collapses in Massachusetts

May. 25, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

IPSWICH, Mass. (AP) — The interior ceiling of a historic Massachusetts church has collapsed, causing damage but no injuries. WFXT-TV reports that the collapse at the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Ipswich happened about 4 p.m. Friday when the ceiling above the sanctuary fell in. No one was in the...

Hanley Ramirez designated for assignment by Red Sox

May. 25, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez has been designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who are responsible for the $15.25 million remaining on his contract but avoided him triggering a $22 million salary for 2019. Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star second baseman Dustin...

Ex-chief justice will review arrest of black Harvard student

May. 25, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A retired Massachusetts chief justice has been asked by Cambridge officials to help review whether police used excessive force in arresting a black Harvard University student. Video of last month's incident showed several officers trying to subdue 21-year-old Selorm Ohene after...

Marine who died in WWII buried in Massachusetts

May. 25, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A decorated U.S. Marine killed during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II has finally been laid to rest in his home state of Massachusetts. Masslive.com reports a memorial service for Pfc. Francis E. Drake Jr. was held Friday at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield. His...

Senate approves $41.5B state budget for upcoming fiscal year

May. 25, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After weighing hundreds of proposed amendments, the Senate approved a $41.5 billion state budget Friday, setting the stage for negotiations with the House on a final spending plan for the July 1 fiscal year. Senators added $75.5 million in spending during the three days of debate, much of it...

At Harvard, Clinton warns of threats to American democracy

May. 25, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton implored a crowd at Harvard University on Friday to stand up for "the truth, facts and reason" as attacks on the rule of law, free press and elections threaten to undermine American democracy. The former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state, U.S....

Judge quits after suspension for sexual acts at courthouse

May. 25, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his courthouse chambers announced his resignation Friday, one day after being suspended indefinitely by the state's highest court. Judge Thomas Estes said in a letter submitted to the chief justice of the state's...

Editorials from around New England

May. 25, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ MASSACHUSETTS The Standard-Times May 22 A group of hardy advocates who traveled to the State House last week aren't waiting for the happy moment when Alzheimer's Disease might finally be cured. Friends and family members of people who have suffered from the illness that...

Employers turn to Puerto Rico for seasonal staff

May. 25, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Tourism businesses on Cape Cod are looking to Puerto Rico to fill summer jobs. The Boston Globe reports that employers are turning to Puerto Rico because of a shortage of workers locally and a cap on foreign-worker visas. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans don't need visas to work on the...

Man sentenced to prison for rape of 5-year-old

May. 25, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the now 12-year-old victim said Steven Hyland, of Otis, will no longer "be able to victimize any more innocent children" during his sentencing...