Latest Massachusetts News

Patriots sign 1st-rounder RB Sony Michel; OL Jelks retires

Jul. 23, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel. New England selected Michel 31st overall, eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn. Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the...

Boston's top cop announces retirement, new job at college

Jul. 23, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has announced that he is retiring after nearly four decades with the department to take a job as director of public safety at Boston College. Evans made the announcement Monday at a city hall news conference with Mayor Marty Walsh. At the same news...

'Dukes of Hazzard' star pleads guilty in touching case

Jul. 23, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A former star of "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching two women in the cast of a musical in Massachusetts in which he starred. Prosecutors say 66-year-old Tom Wopat was sentenced Friday to a year of probation after pleading guilty to...

US town commemorates 100th anniversary of WWI enemy attack

Jul. 22, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — The 100th anniversary of the only enemy attack on American soil during World War I was commemorated with a wartime song at an event attended by descendants of a captain from a local lifesaving station. A German U-156 submarine shelled a tugboat near Orleans, in Cape Cod, on July 21,...

Michael Thorbjornsen rallies to win US Junior Amateur

Jul. 21, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Michael Thorbjornsen rallied to win the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating fellow 16-year-old Akshay Bhatia 1 up in the 36-hole on Baltusrol Golf Club's Upper Course. "I feel like this is probably the biggest junior event you can win and I somehow managed to win it,"...

Mom, daughter to spend night in Lizzie Borden killing room

Jul. 21, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A mother and a daughter with a love of the macabre have won an online auction to spend a night in the Massachusetts bedroom where Lizzie Borden is thought to have killed her stepmother with an ax. Sara Love, of Bath, New York, tells The Herald-News she paid $425 for a night in the...

Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999

Jul. 20, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999. The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas. Both duck...

Celtics' Smart 'ecstatic' to have summer in limbo over

Jul. 20, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — There was a moment during the past month in which Marcus Smart wasn't sure where he'd be playing basketball this upcoming season. A day after signing a four-year deal to remain in the only NBA jersey he's ever played in, Smart said he's focused on doing what he can to help the Celtics win...

Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Jul. 20, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data. Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March that data...

Police officer killed in the line of duty is laid to rest

Jul. 20, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

HANOVER, Mass. (AP) — A police officer killed while investigating a car crash was remembered by his brother-in-law as a family man, a fervent New England Patriots fan and a hero. Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna was laid to rest during a funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart in Hanover, where he...