Latest Massachusetts News

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures. “There is a role in the economy for private equity. You bet...

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate....

Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive success

Nov. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different. The market is smaller. So are the resources...

Lack of offense leaves Brady, Patriots fans concerned

Nov. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Only in New England is a 9-1 record a reason to panic. The defending Super Bowl champions have the best record in the conference — tied for the best in the NFL — with a two-game lead over Buffalo in the AFC East as they try to earn their 11th straight division title....

Massachusetts Senate to debate plastic bag ban at stores

Nov. 18, 2019 4:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is preparing to debate a bill to create a statewide ban on all store carry-out plastic bags. The bill would require retailers to charge at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag. Five cents would go to the city or town for enforcement of the ban. The remainder would...

Victim of weekend shooting in Springfield dies

Nov. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A weekend shooting in Springfield is now a homicide investigation. A spokesman for the Springfield police says a man found shot Sunday afternoon died later in the day. He was identified on Monday as 18-year-old Dhimani Rivera-Therrien. Officers were alerted to the shooting by...

Hundreds crowd funeral for firefighter who saved colleagues

Nov. 18, 2019 3:00 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts fire lieutenant who died after helping two colleagues escape a burning home was dedicated to his family and his profession and took younger firefighters under his wing, speakers at his funeral Mass said Monday. Hundreds of members of the Worcester Fire Department as...

Bill would ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones

Nov. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would bar Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel is inching closer to final approval by state lawmakers. A compromise version of the bill was released Monday. The Massachusetts House and Senate had approved separate versions. The bill would prohibit...

Massachusetts man convicted of killing wife

Nov. 18, 2019 12:25 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The husband of a beloved Massachusetts elementary school teacher has been convicted of killing his wife. Andrew MacCormack was convicted by a jury Monday of first-degree murder. Authorities say the 31-year-old MacCormack stabbed and strangled Vanessa MacCormack in their Revere home in...

Weary Democratic voters balk at new presidential candidates

Nov. 18, 2019 7:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The number of Democrats running for president is growing as the first votes of the primary approach. And voters have a clear message: stop. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick roiled the race last week by launching a surprise bid. New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is likely to...