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Kevin Rokos, right, and his one-year-old son Merritt, both of Boston, attend a drive-in movie screening of the film

8 free COVID-19 test sites to open; new deaths reported

Jul. 8, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities to help monitor the spread of the disease in part by also offering tests to asymptomatic individuals, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The eight communities were chosen because they have a higher number of cases...

A passer-by wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, while walking past an American flag displayed in a window, in Boston. The U.S. stock market has been churning over the last month, with big daily moves up and down keeping it roughly in place. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts receives 59K fraudulent unemployment claims

Jul. 7, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received almost 59,000 known fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through June 20 and recovered $158 million in fraudulent claims, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Tuesday. The fraudulent claims, part of a...

Memo signed to approve replacing Bourne and Sagamore bridges

Jul. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The daunting effort to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges connecting Cape Cod to the rest of the state took another step forward Tuesday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation....

Earl Edwards, of Canton, Mass., works out on a piece of exercise equipment, Monday, July 6, 2020, at Answer is Fitness gym, in Canton. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, and museums are among the businesses allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, under the third phase of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's coronavirus economic recovery plan. The rules don't apply to Boston, which is to move into phase three on July 13. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gyms, movie theaters allowed to reopen, but some don't

Jul. 6, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms and movie theaters were among the businesses allowed to reopen in Massachusetts Monday under the third phase of the governor's coronavirus economic recovery plan, but welcoming customers again isn't quite as easy as simply unlocking the doors. David Bramante, the owner of the independent...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

Museums plan reopening; hospitalizations on the decline

Jul. 3, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts museums are announcing reopening plans now that they are allowed to start welcoming visitors again under the third phase of the state's coronavirus economic recovery plan. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem announced in a statement Friday that it will open its doors July 16 and...

Natural gas company to pay state $56M for explosions

Jul. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 that killed one person, injured almost two dozen and damaged more than 100 buildings has agreed to pay the state $56 million, state Attorney General Maura Healey said. The money from the deal with Columbia Gas...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

The Latest: USL's Indy Eleven to return with limited fans

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United Soccer League’s Indy Eleven will return to action next Saturday with limited fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. League officials announced a 263-game schedule that will be played over a 13-week span, leading to a...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, at podium, speaks about Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan during a media availability at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. In most of the state, Phase 3 will begin on Monday. In Boston, the Phase 3 reopening will begin a full week later, on July 13. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Gyms, museums, casinos to reopen; 51 new deaths reported

Jul. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms, casinos, museums, movie theaters and guided tours are some of the businesses and cultural activities that can begin welcoming back customers and visitors in Massachusetts as the state launches Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Monday. In order to open, the facilities will have to meet...

Massachusetts tells fireworks seller to stop ads in state

Jul. 2, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general is demanding that a fireworks retailer with stores in New Hampshire stop targeting its advertising to residents of Massachusetts, where fireworks are illegal. Attorney General Maura Healey in a cease-and-desist letter sent Wednesday to Phantom Fireworks...