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Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

Nov. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles...

Shuttered mall could be used as a site for jury trials

Nov. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A shuttered Massachusetts mall is being considered as a site to hold jury trials when they resume early next year, officials say. The state Trial Court's Chief Justice Paula Carey in a letter to Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough is a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 27, 2020 4:06 PM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Thanksgiving amid coronavirus: Far from perfect, but we’re here Hartford Courant Nov. 26 There’s a prayer central to Judaism called the Shehecheyanu that seems particularly on point this year....

Fall River woman charged with sexually exploiting children

Nov. 27, 2020 8:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing charges of exploiting children in order to produce child pornography, federal prosecutors say. Nichole Cyr, 25, of Fall River, was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this week on two counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to the U.S....

RI allocates $100M for businesses closed during 2-week pause

Nov. 26, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Developments on the coronavirus pandemic in New England: RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo announced $100 million to help Rhode Island businesses, and some workers, that the state has told to close for a two-week period because of the coronavirus. Raimondo said Wednesday that every resident who receives...

MCAS testing to continue, but some changes possible

Nov. 25, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials are considering ways to change the way the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test is administered this winter in response to the coronavirus pandemic. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday...

Massachusetts man pleads guilty in Boston-area robberies

Nov. 25, 2020 4:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty in connection to more than a dozen robberies in the Greater Boston area, according to prosecutors. Luis Cintron, 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to 14 counts of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery on Tuesday. In addition, Cintron...

Susannah Remillard, middle, speaks to one of her sixth-grade students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in East Harwich, Mass. In a growing number of U.S. schools, students are now learning a more complex Thanksgiving story that involves conflict, injustice and a new focus on the native people who lived in New England for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth

Nov. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for...

The pre-kindergarten group from the Boys and Girls Club visit through the window with members of the supportive daycare program at the Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

MBTA launches free mask program to Boston-area commuters

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is doing its part to control the spread of COVID-19 by handing out free face coverings at several subway stations and trolley stops. The service that launched Monday is backed by athletic footwear company New Balance, which donated 100,000 masks...

Massachusetts alleges gym chain illegally charged fees

Nov. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Sports Clubs gym chain continued to charge membership fees even after closing its facilities in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, then failed to refund those fees when requested in violation of state consumer protection laws, the Massachusetts attorney general's office...