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Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual misconduct claims

Sep. 20, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Antonio Brown was released by the New England Patriots on Friday after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct — the third team in seven months to tire of the off-field behavior that has overshadowed his accomplishments as one of the NFL's most prolific receivers for...

Facebook suspends thousands of apps but user impact unclear

Sep. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The announcement came the same day that unsealed legal documents in Massachusetts disclosed that Facebook had suspended 69,000 apps. In the...

After social media complaints, Brady makes nice with refs

Sep. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A day after complaining on social media that there were too many penalties in the game he was watching on TV, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tried to make nice with the NFL referees. "I'm very pro-ref," Brady said in the New England locker room on Friday. Brady was tweeting a...

Patriots release receiver Antonio Brown

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots release receiver Antonio Brown.

Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole

Sep. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts woman convicted of urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release. The state Parole Board announced Friday it rejected Michelle Carter's bid for release after serving about half her 15-month jail sentence. Carter appeared before the...

Whitey Bulger's family filing wrongful death claim

Sep. 20, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The family of slain Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year. The Wall Street Journal reports the family is seeking $200 million in damages in the forthcoming claim. They say Bulger was...

Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later,...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

West Virginia, Kansas try to build off wins in Big 12 opener

Sep. 20, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Progress can happen rapidly when a new coaching staff is trying to rebuild a football program. Neal Brown and Les Miles took that notion to the extreme. After watching West Virginia get dominated by Missouri on the road, Brown spent last week on the sideline as his Mountaineers ran...

A Massachusetts tree worker dies after being hit by a limb

Sep. 19, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a tree worker who was hit by a tree limb on the job has died. WPRI reports 28-year-old Taylor Bowen, of Rehoboth, was up in a bucket truck in Swansea on Thursday when he was found unconscious. Swansea police say Bowen was lowered from the bucket and...