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Northeast governors, eastern Canada premiers meet in Vermont

Aug. 13, 2018 9:22 PM EDT

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Some governors from the northeast U.S. and premiers from eastern Canada on Monday called for the end of the trade war between the U.S. and Canada and a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement as they gathered in Vermont for an annual meeting. Despite the...

Women's group behind rebel memorials quietly battles on

Aug. 10, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — On a glorious, late-spring day, Maya Little strode across the poplar-lined University of North Carolina quadrangle, past protesters and a uniformed officer. She stepped onto the base of the Confederate soldier statue that has stood there since 1913, and splashed it with a mixture...

Massachusetts 1st to repeal long-dormant ban on abortion

Jul. 27, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts on Friday became the first state since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to abolish from its books an abortion ban that predates the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who supports abortion rights, signed a bill...

Baker signs nation's most-overdue state budget

Jul. 26, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts finally has a budget nearly one month into the state's new fiscal year. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the $42 billion spending package into law Thursday, ending the state's status as the only one in the nation without a permanent budget. Baker vetoed nearly $50 million in...

Slain officer, local woman remembered during vigil

Jul. 16, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer who was shot about 10 times with his own service weapon was described by community members on Monday as a loving and compassionate family man who had long aspired to be a police officer. Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna and an innocent bystander, 77-year-old Vera...

The Latest: Police chief speaks about use of force at vigil

Jul. 16, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a Massachusetts police officer (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hundreds of people have gathered at a vigil in Massachusetts for a slain police officer and an innocent bystander who was killed in her own home. Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes spoke Monday...

The Latest: Governor saddened by fatal police shooting

Jul. 15, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a bystander and police officer in Massachusetts following a vehicle crash and foot chase. (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The governor of Massachusetts says he's saddened to learn of the deaths of a local police officer and a bystander who were shot...

Police officer, bystander die from gunshot wounds

Jul. 15, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer and bystander died Sunday from wounds sustained when a suspect allegedly took the officer's gun and fired following a vehicle crash and a foot chase. Weymouth officer Michael Chesna was shot multiple times by his own firearm around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and died...

Massachusetts lawmakers pass family and medical leave bill

Jun. 25, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

Massachusetts legislators have passed a bill that gives all workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a sick family member or a new baby, up to 20 weeks of paid sick leave and 26 weeks for new mothers. The compromise bill needs Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's signature before it can become law. Six...

Governor: Claims against son will get independent review

Jun. 25, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he expects a fair and thorough investigation by federal authorities into an accusation against his adult son of improper conduct involving another passenger on a JetBlue flight last week. "I love my son, but obviously these allegations are serious...