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Train conductor who lost part of finger sues rail operator

Oct. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A conductor on a Massachusetts commuter rail train is suing the company that runs the system, alleging that a malfunctioning door amputated part of his right ring finger. Allen Chin, of Quincy, is suing Keolis Commuter Services LLC for $220,000,...

Hopkinton board votes to lift school high mask requirement

Oct. 22, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Hopkinton High School has become the first school in Massachusetts to make face coverings optional after reaching the state-set 80% coronavirus vaccination threshold. The Hopkinton School Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday night to give vaccinated...

Ex-Boston Grand Prix CFO pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges

Oct. 22, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former chief financial officer of the organization that tried to bring an IndyCar race to Boston has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges connected to the race and other business interests, and for improperly receiving almost $700,000 in pandemic relief...

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Oct. 22, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For several years, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools had toyed with replacing some of its 1,000 diesel buses with cleaner electric vehicles. But school leaders said the change would be too costly. Then 12-year-old student Holly Thorpe showed up at a...

Jones, Wilson growing up fast heading into Pats-Jets rematch

Oct. 21, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones and Zach Wilson have learned quickly this season just how difficult it is to win as rookie quarterbacks in the NFL. With Jones under center the Patriots have yet to post a victory at home, losing three of their four games at Gillette...

Red Sox rely on Eovaldi in Game 6 with ALCS on the line

Oct. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi wants the ball, the pressure, the chance to extend Boston's season — all of it. “I love it,” he said Thursday, a day before he was scheduled to face Houston in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series, which the Astros lead three games to...

Northeastern investigates act of antisemitic vandalism

Oct. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern University is investigating an act of antisemitic vandalism that the school's president calls "despicable." President Joseph Aoun in a message to the campus community posted on the school's website said a Jewish religious symbol known as a...

FBI offering up to $20K for info on suspect in 1981 killing

Oct. 21, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities are offering a reward of up to $20,000 to anyone who can help track down a 78-year-old man suspected of killing his girlfriend in Massachusetts 40 years ago. The FBI on Thursday announced the reward for information regarding the whereabouts of...

Art professor gets up to 12 years for attack on colleague

Oct. 21, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A college art professor who pleaded guilty to using a rock, a fire poker and garden shears in a four-hour attack on a colleague that left the victim with permanent injuries has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison. Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, a...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. Police said the...