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War hero McRaven tells MIT grads they're the 'real heroes'

May. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told members of MIT's graduating class Friday that they are the “real heroes” who will save the world from pandemics, war, climate change, poverty and racism. McRaven, who delivered his address online...

Residents wearing protective masks, due to the coronavirus outbreak, wait in line for boxes of donated food for those in need in Chelsea, Mass., Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Experts: Widespread testing at nursing homes not enough

May. 29, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Almost every nursing home in Massachusetts has tested virtually every resident and staff member for the coronavirus, according to state data, but experts warn that continued vigilance is necessary to prevent new outbreaks. The testing has been completed at 350 out of 360 nursing homes in the...

Strip club sued by Electra, others, prepared to go to trial

May. 29, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Massachusetts strip club that's been sued by Carmen Electra and several other models and actresses for allegedly using their images in advertising and other promotional materials without permission says he's prepared to go to trial. “I do think this plaintiff is just...

Police: COVID-19-positive woman walks way from nursing home

May. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

HAMPDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police have filed an elder abuse complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health after a nursing home resident with dementia who had tested positive for COVID-19 apparently climbed out a window and wandered off facility grounds. The woman was taken to the hospital after...

A young visitor to the Franklin Park Zoo wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while walking near a male ostrich named

COVID-19-related deaths top 6,600; jobless claims still high

May. 28, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported. The number of individuals in Massachusetts diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 closed in on 95,000 with 675 new cases...

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, the elite men break from the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. The 2020 Boston Marathon, which was rescheduled to run on Sept. 14th, was canceled Thursday May 28, 2020 for the first time in its 124-year history due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

May. 28, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic. The race, which...

Emily DiPalma Aho looks over photographs and memorabilia of her father, Emilio DiPalma, a World War II veteran, at her home in Jaffrey, N.H., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Emilio, who as a 19-year-old U.S. Army infantryman stood guard at the Nuremberg Nazi war crimes trials, died last month at the age of 93 after contracting the coronavirus at Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lives Lost: Veteran guarded Nazis during war crimes trial

May. 28, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

Emilio DiPalma was, as he liked to say, just a kid from western Massachusetts when he found himself in a front-row seat to history as a courtroom guard in Nuremberg, Germany, during the first and most famous trial of Nazi war criminals in 1945. The 19-year-old had fought Germans on the front lines in World War...

'Feisty' 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

May. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — “Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother. That quality shone through earlier this month when the Massachusetts woman's beloved centenarian grandmother, Jennie Stejna, came back from the brink of death to survive a bout with COVID-19, the disease...

Boston Marathon canceled; race had been postponed from April to Sept. 14 because of coronavirus pandemic

May. 28, 2020 2:41 PM EDT
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon canceled; race had been postponed from April to Sept. 14 because of coronavirus pandemic.
FILE- In this April 16, 2018, file photo, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron smiles during a newsroom celebration after newspaper won two pulitzer prizes. Baron delivered the Harvard University commencement address virtually over a video feed to graduates on Thursday, May 28, 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WaPo editor to Harvard grads: Truth matter of 'life & death'

May. 28, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post's top editor told Harvard University graduates Thursday that facts and truth have become “matters of life and death,” yet he warned that some leaders continue to “undermine the very idea of objective fact, all in pursuit of political...