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Massachusetts OKs funds to offset Planned Parenthood losses

Apr. 4, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts, led by a Republican governor, has become the first state to approve money to offset the potential loss of federal funding to women's reproductive health organizations since the Trump administration adopted a new rule in February meant to bar federally funded family planning...

NCAA can't keep tournament games away from legal gambling

Mar. 19, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, either. The NCAA had a longtime ban on bringing...

Thousands turn out for St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston

Mar. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of revelers crowded the streets of Boston for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, many wearing green and waving Irish flags as they watched Revolutionary War re-enactors and bagpipe brigades march by. Politicians figured heavily in Sunday's parade, including Republican Gov. Charlie...

Bill to boost Massachusetts lobster processing moves ahead

Mar. 12, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A proposal that could clear the way for more lobster processing in Massachusetts has made it through the state Senate. Republican Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester wants to reform Massachusetts processing laws so wholesale dealers can process unfrozen lobsters, import unfrozen shell-on lobster...

OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company

Mar. 4, 2019 2:00 PM EST

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts' attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. In its most expansive response to date, Connecticut-based Purdue argued in a motion...

Gov. Baker rejects supervised drug injection site proposal

Feb. 27, 2019 6:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker brushed aside on Wednesday a proposal for Massachusetts to allow supervised injection sites for drug users. The Republican told reporters the proposal is illegal under federal law and he wants to focus on legal actions the state is taking to curb overdose deaths. Baker...

Officials call for regulations after Robert Kraft charges

Feb. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey renewed her call on Tuesday for passage of legislation that would tighten state laws around the licensing and regulation of massage therapy and bodyworks in Massachusetts, in the aftermath of allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paid for sex...