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Massachusetts ban on sale of flavored tobacco to take effect

May. 31, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, is set to take effect on Monday. Massachusetts became the first state to approve such a ban when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill in November. The law applies to the sale of all flavored...

A counter-demonstrator holds up makeshift body bags while separated by police from a protest calling for the repeal of all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters' quarantine

May. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

A look at the coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday. MASSACHUSETTS City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston’s Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

Residents wearing protective masks, due to the coronavirus outbreak, wait in line for boxes of donated food for those in need in Chelsea, Mass., Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Restaurants prep for diners: Teams can begin practice soon

May. 29, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s professional sports teams will soon be able to begin practicing again and diners could also begin enjoying outdoor eating at local restaurants, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker said he plans to announce an executive order on Monday that will give more details about...

A young visitor to the Franklin Park Zoo wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while walking near a male ostrich named

COVID-19-related deaths top 6,600; jobless claims still high

May. 28, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported. The number of individuals in Massachusetts diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 closed in on 95,000 with 675 new cases...

Sales associate Alex Guralnik, of Newton, Mass., right, hands a bag containing recreational cannabis product to a customer outside New England Treatment Access medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Brookline, Mass. Sales of recreational cannabis products to the public was allowed to open Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could...

Dog Groomer Karen Gulla, of Norwood, Mass., hands only left, gives a haircut to

COVID-19 deaths top 6,500: Drop in ridership speeds repairs

May. 27, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — COVID-19-related deaths at long-term care facilities in Massachusetts topped 4,000 on Wednesday, highlighting the terrible toll the virus has taken on the elderly and vulnerable. The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 27, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Move to yellow a beginning, not an end Reading Eagle May 26 It’s unquestionably good news that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to relax restrictions next week in the counties still classified as red under his process for...

Vin Norton, of Wellesley, Mass., left, gets his hair cut by barber Cristian Lopez, of Sherborn, Mass., at Barber Walter's barbershop, as they both wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Wellesley. Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to open, Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Field hospital suspends admissions; New COVID-19 cases fall

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In another sign of progress in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Massachsuetts, a field hospital set up inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is suspending the admission of new patients. The field hospital, dubbed “Boston Hope,” was one a handful...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...