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Pro-Palestine mapping website raises alarm in Jewish groups

Jun. 29, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ Jewish community is on edge after the launch this month of a mysterious pro-Palestine website listing the names and addresses of scores of local institutions — a number of them Jewish — and making calls to “dismantle” and disrupt them. The...

Massachusetts House approves bill to protect abortion access

Jun. 29, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that aims to protect abortion providers and people seeking abortions from actions taken by other states. The action is part of a wider effort by officials to build a firewall to...

6 months' home confinement for ex-USC coach in college scam

Jun. 29, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former University of Southern California soccer coach who took bribes in exchange for helping unqualified kids into the school was sentenced Wednesday to six months in home confinement after cooperating with authorities investigating the college admissions scandal. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Researchers caution beachgoers ahead of white shark season

Jun. 29, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Great white shark researchers on Cape Cod are reminding visitors that warmer weather signals not just the start of the busy tourist season, but also the arrival of the region’s famous predators. July tends to be when great whites appear in earnest as the cape’s...

Gang enforcer involved in violent attacks pleads guilty

Jun. 29, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former enforcer for the Latin Kings street gang who according to prosecutors was involved in several violent attacks and shootings targeting rivals has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and drug charges. Orlando Santiago-Torres, 27, who was an enforcer for the...

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reaches labor deal with workers

Jun. 28, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts ratified their first labor deal Tuesday, becoming the latest prestigious art institution to protect workers with a union contract. The collective bargaining agreement is the first since museum workers voted to join the...

Ex-USC coach, couple avoid prison time in college scandal

Jun. 28, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the sprawling college admissions bribery scheme avoided prison time Tuesday after helping convict others in the case. ...

Feds drop Haitian bribes case after new evidence emerges

Jun. 28, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dropped the case against a retired U.S. Army colonel and another businessperson after new evidence surfaced days before they were set to stand trial for a second time on allegations that they conspired to pay millions of dollars in bribes to Haitian...

Boston avoids state takeover of public school system

Jun. 28, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston leaders and state education officials have reached a last-minute agreement to stave off an “underperforming” designation and a state takeover of the city's troubled public school system. The agreement announced Monday night by Mayor Michelle Wu and...