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Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died

Sep. 25, 2020 11:15 AM EDT
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died.

Researchers find racial disparities across court system

Sep. 9, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Black and Latino defendants in Massachusetts are more likely than white defendants to be locked up for drug and weapons offenses and get longer sentences than white people sent to prison for similar crimes, researchers at Harvard Law School said in a report released Wednesday. In a yearslong...

This Sept. 1, 2020 photo shows Jake Auchincloss, who is running in the Massachusetts 4th District race, campaigns  Foxboro, Mass., near the John J. Ahern Middle School on Primary Day.  Auchincloss has won a packed primary to become the Democratic nominee to fill the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts. The Newton city councilor edged out six fellow Democrats in a race for the 4th Congressional District. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP)

Marine wins Democratic primary for Kennedy's US House seat

Sep. 4, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

Jake Auchincloss, a city councilor in suburban Boston and a former Marine, won a packed primary to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Massachusetts. Auchincloss edged out six other Democratic candidates in the crowded field for the open...

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Watertown, Mass., after conceding defeat to incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era

Sep. 2, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy famously compared his 1,000-day presidency to “Camelot,” a popular Broadway musical about the legend of King Arthur — crafting a wistful shorthand for the Kennedy tenure, and by extension the...

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Watertown, Mass., after conceding defeat to incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Markey defeats Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ Senate primary

Sep. 2, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Tuesday’s hard-fought Democratic primary, harnessing support from progressive leaders to overcome a challenge from a younger rival who is a member of America’s most famous political family. It was the...

FILE - In this pair of June 1, 2020, file photos, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, left, and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., right, wait for the start of a debate in Springfield, Mass. Kennedy is a candidate and Markey is the incumbent in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary election for Senate. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)

Kennedy's legacy hovering over Senate race in Massachusetts

Aug. 27, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Perhaps inevitably, the long political shadow of the Kennedy family is hovering over an increasingly acrimonious contest between U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy lll, who's hoping to oust the incumbent in next week’s Democratic primary in Massachusetts. At first,...

COVID-19 cluster traced to Rhode Island bachelorette party

Aug. 26, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts has been traced to a bachelorette party in Rhode Island late last month, health officials in both states said. Nineteen guests who attended the late July gathering at an undisclosed location were sickened, authorities said. Seventeen were from...

Pro-Trump graffiti removed from South Boston street

Aug. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has removed graffiti that promoted President Donald Trump’s re-election from a South Boston street, according to state police. State Police spokesman David Procopio said that “Trump 2020” was painted in large...

Sen. Edward Markey, left, and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, both D-Mass., take part in the final debate before the Democratic primary, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Needham, Mass. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Pelosi endorses Kennedy over Markey in US Senate primary

Aug. 20, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Thursday in his bid to oust Sen. Edward Markey in the Massachusetts Democratic primary, backing a young challenger against a veteran lawmaker with whom she's served in Congress since 1987. By embracing Kennedy,...

A customer at Answer is Fitness gym, who asked that his name not be used, works out on a piece of exercise equipment, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the gym, in Canton, Mass. 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)

Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting

Jul. 31, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

A house party attended by restaurant workers in a picturesque beach town in Massachusetts has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. On the western side of the state, a Springfield hospital is dealing with an outbreak of at least 40 cases traced to a hospital staffer who recently returned from an...