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Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

Parade goers draped in American flags walk down the street before a Fourth of July parade begins Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Bristol, R.I. The town, which lays claim to the nation's oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, held a vehicle-only scaled down version of its annual parade Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A Fourth with less fizzle during pandemic in New England

Jul. 4, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Fourth of July had many of the traditional trappings in New England despite the coronavirus pandemic: Cheap lobsters, warm weather and barbecues. But absent were large crowds and most public fireworks displays on Saturday. The pandemic contributed to a low-key Independence Day. The Boston Pops canceled its...

Natural gas company to pay state $56M for explosions

Jul. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 that killed one person, injured almost two dozen and damaged more than 100 buildings has agreed to pay the state $56 million, state Attorney General Maura Healey said. The money from the deal with Columbia Gas...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

The Latest: USL's Indy Eleven to return with limited fans

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United Soccer League’s Indy Eleven will return to action next Saturday with limited fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. League officials announced a 263-game schedule that will be played over a 13-week span, leading to a...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, at podium, speaks about Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan during a media availability at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. In most of the state, Phase 3 will begin on Monday. In Boston, the Phase 3 reopening will begin a full week later, on July 13. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Gyms, museums, casinos to reopen; 51 new deaths reported

Jul. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms, casinos, museums, movie theaters and guided tours are some of the businesses and cultural activities that can begin welcoming back customers and visitors in Massachusetts as the state launches Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Monday. In order to open, the facilities will have to meet...

A worker carries a shovel in front of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Tuesday, June 23, 3030. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of July 2020 with a whole new look after a $22 million renovation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

After renovation, Hoops Hall ready to show off its new look

Jul. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Workers wearing black masks and white gloves move through the corridors of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, pushing a cart loaded with high-top sneakers from some of the sport’s biggest stars. The gloves are to protect the collection; the masks are to protect...

Chris Sherman, second from left, operations manager of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, opens a large window to kiosks as it reopens to the public, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Boston. The market, which includes several buildings of retail outlets and restaurants and lined with cobblestone walkways, was closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston's Faneuil Hall reopening; 28 more COVID-19 deaths

Jul. 1, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of Boston's most popular tourist destinations, reopened to the public Wednesday with a pair of special performances by the facility's favorite street musicians. The market, which includes several buildings of retail outlets and restaurants and lined with...

Salvation Army worker Brenda Gonzalez, of Saugus, Mass., left, distributes food to an unidentified man while others impacted by the coronavirus wait in line at a Salvation Army center, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

No new COVID-19 deaths reported; Travel rules eased for some

Jun. 30, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in months, Massachusetts reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic fell from 8,095 to 8,054. Public health officials said the drop in the number of deaths was due to...

Water drops from a fountain as a woman wearing a mask out of concern for coronavirus walks in the rain, Monday, June 29, 2020, in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Voting bill on the move; 35 COVID-19-related deaths reported

Jun. 29, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A committee made up of members of the Massachusetts House and Senate has agreed on a final compromise bill aimed at safeguarding elections during the coronavirus pandemic. Backers said Monday the bill's goal is to expand voter access and safety during the remaining 2020 elections, including...