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Archaeologists dig hilltop over Plymouth Rock one last time

Jun. 10, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Archaeologists are giving a grassy hilltop overlooking iconic Plymouth Rock one last look before a historical park is built to commemorate the Pilgrims and the Indigenous people who once called it home. Braving sweltering heat, a team of about 20 graduate...

NASA releases stunning new pic of Milky Way's 'downtown'

May. 28, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has released a stunning new picture of our galaxy’s violent, super-energized “downtown.” It's a composite of 370 observations over the past two decades by the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, depicting billions of stars and...

Display set up to explain influence of historic Black church

May. 15, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A new outdoor display at the site of a historic Black church in Massachusetts highlights the contributions of African Americans to the Berkshires. The eight-panel kiosk in Great Barrington is a collaboration between Clinton Church...

RFK Children's Action Corps to honor 4 for their advocacy

May. 09, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) — The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps is honoring four people who are advocates for the nation’s most vulnerable youth. During the virtual event scheduled for Tuesday, former Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of the late...

Baker: Feds should match vaccine distribution to demand

Apr. 22, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he’s pressing federal officials to reconsider how they distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to take into consideration the relative demand for the vaccine in individual states. The distribution of vaccine shots is currently...

Baker: J&J pause not significantly slowing vaccine effort

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is forging ahead with plans to vaccinate as many residents as possible, despite placing a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the advice of federal authorities, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The vast majority of...

FEMA helps bring massive expansion to Hynes vaccination site

Mar. 26, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a partnership Friday that will boost the number of coronavirus vaccine doses available at the Hynes Convention Center mass vaccination site sevenfold. Starting March 31, the federal agency...