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Man arrested in shooting death of teen in Worcester

Nov. 21, 2020 12:10 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old last month, Worcester police said Saturday. Messiah Amankwah, of Worcester, has been charged with murder in connection with the killing of Nawar Jabbar on Oct. 24. He will be arraigned in...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks to reporters before surveying storm damage in the area in Westport, Conn. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19, his administration announced late Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

Nov. 13, 2020 11:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. The Democratic governor’s chief spokesperson, Max Reiss, identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive, in a release posted to Twitter late Friday. An...

Priscilla Flint-Banks holds a photograph of her 87-year-old mother, Ruby Mae Kinney, who died during April of COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Once a coronavirus hot spot, Massachusetts was seen as a model for infection control this summer as coronavirus cases and deaths dwindled. Now, experts are warning the state could be headed for a bleak winter as its cases climb once again and confirmed deaths surpass 10,000. Massachusetts hit 10,015 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 nearly nine months after the state’s initial case was detected. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

State to reopen field hospital; Boston offers business help

Nov. 13, 2020 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is planning to open a field hospital in Worcester to prepare for a possible overflow of COVID-19 patients as the disease continues to surge again in the state. The facility will be located at the DCU Center in Worcester and will include 240 beds. It should be ready to take in...

1 person killed in Douglas house fire

Nov. 11, 2020 10:07 AM EST

DOUGLAS, Mass. (AP) — A man was killed in a three-alarm house fire that broke out late Tuesday in Douglas, state fire officials said. The fire was reported around 10:20 a.m. at 31 Glen Street. Crews from Douglas and other nearby communities responded to the single-family home to fight the fire. State Fire...

Motorcyclist seriously injured after crashing into car

Nov. 9, 2020 2:45 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been seriously injured after his motorcycle collided with a car on Sunday, Worcester police said. The crash happened around 6 p.m. and involved a 2002 Volkswagen Golf and a motorcycle. Police say the 73-year-old driver of the Volkswagen was making...

State urges schools to return to full, in-person teaching

Nov. 6, 2020 3:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials on Friday urged more schools to return to full, in-person instruction, saying that only communities with the highest COVID-19 rates should be using any form of remote learning. Under previous guidance, schools were told to shift between remote learning, in-person...

In this Sept. 1, 2020, photo, Democrat Jake Auchincloss, candidate for the 4th Congressional District in Massachusetts, greets supporters in Needham, Mass. Auchincloss was elected in the Nov. 3 general election, filling the seat held by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who did not seek reelection but mounted an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP)

Auchincloss scores open House seat; Biden wins Massachusetts

Nov. 4, 2020 2:36 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden won Massachusetts, Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey was reelected for another six-year term and Democrat Jake Auchincloss was voted into the state's open U.S. House seat as voting concluded Tuesday. Massachusetts residents faced a lot of choices: They voted to fill the...

Worcester man sentenced to 10 years for fatal 2013 shooting

Nov. 3, 2020 5:36 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for a 2013 shooting in Great Brook Valley. Alexis Grajales-Pagan, 26, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday in Worcester Superior Court for the death of Igor Busanet Jr., 28, with nearly 7 years of time...

Massachusetts university limits students to their dorm rooms

Oct. 30, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Students at a Massachusetts university have been told to shelter in place for a week in response to a cluster of coronavirus cases on campus. The order at Assumption University in Worcester took effect Friday and comes after eight new positive cases among students in the past week, school...

Boston mayor unveils plan to address rise in COVID cases

Oct. 29, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday unveiled a plan to tackle the city's rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases by urging more people to get tested. The “Get The Test Boston” pledge is designed to encourage residents to get a COVID-19 test, and enlists the help of several...