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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is steadily pushing major public health and environmental rollbacks toward enactment, rejecting appeals that it slow its deregulatory drive while Americans grapple with the pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump agencies steadily push rollbacks as pandemic rages

Mar. 24, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is rejecting appeals to slow its deregulatory drive while Americans grapple with the coronavirus, pushing major public health and environmental rollbacks closer to enactment in recent days despite the pandemic. As Americans stockpiled food and medicine and...

A Department of Public Works worker places a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school, in Walpole, Mass., Friday, March 20, 2020, out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts confirms its 1st coronavirus death

Mar. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts confirmed its first death from the coronavirus on Friday, while the state's attorney general filed an order banning price gouging. Here's a look at developments in Massachusetts. DEATH The state Department of Public Health said Friday a man in his 80s from Suffolk County is the...

Contractor agrees to pay $120K in explosion cleanup costs

Mar. 18, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A contractor in Massachusetts that was hired to demolish a shed that exploded and released hazardous fumes in 2017 has agreed to reimburse the state $120,000 toward cleanup costs, according to the attorney general's office. The explosion and fire at a Shrewsbury home caused workers and a...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Juul Labs co-founder and Chief Product Officer James Monsees testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a hearing on the youth nicotine epidemic. Vaping giant Juul Labs has donated thousands of dollars to court state attorneys general. But the lobbying strategy may be backfiring. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

Juul Labs sought to court AGs as teen vaping surged

Mar. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a blunt warning about the dangers of youth vaping: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced late last month that his state had joined 38 others to investigate whether Juul Labs, the nation’s largest electronic cigarette company, promoted and sold its nicotine-heavy...

Record number of open meeting complaints resolved in 2019

Feb. 9, 2020 12:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general's office resolved a record number of complaints about violations to the state's open meeting law last year. The law requires that most meetings of public bodies — such as boards of selectmen and school committees — be held in public....