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Newly affirmed, tribe looks at casino plans with fresh eyes

Jan. 09, 2022 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — As he begins his first full year in office, the new head of a Massachusetts tribe says he intends to take a cautious approach to gambling while turning attention to social challenges and other economic opportunities for its members. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman...

Massachusetts carjacking killer of 2 dies in prison hospital

Dec. 23, 2021 17:13 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A drifter convicted of killing two Massachusetts men in carjackings in 2001 and sentenced to death has died, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The bureau said Gary Lee Sampson, 62, died Tuesday at the medical center for federal prisoners in...

Rare Steller’s sea eagle spotted a long way from home

Dec. 21, 2021 16:09 PM EST

TAUNTON RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A long way from its home in Asia, a rare Steller's sea eagle was spotted by 200 bird watchers around Taunton River, Massachusetts on Monday. The eagle is reportedly the same one that went off course a year ago and has been spotted in Alaska and Canada by...

Police: 4th man charged in connection with killing in Maine

Dec. 03, 2021 14:29 PM EST

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A fourth man was arrested Friday in connection with the killing of a teenager from New York in eastern Maine, police said. Jorge Pagan-Sanchez, 41, of Taunton, Massachusetts, was charged with felony murder, joining three others who were previously...

Massachusetts man faces unemployment, mortgage fraud charges

Oct. 20, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man was charged with illegally obtaining unemployment benefits meant for people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, and claiming that the assets of a nonprofit he worked for were his own in a mortgage application, federal prosecutors said....