Latest Massachusetts News

Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves

Jun. 19, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuit college in 1838 have teamed up to digitize the information and make it available to people researching family...

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and...

New owners revive a newspaper as industry fights to survive

Jun. 19, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

Names of Boston homicide victims made public

Jun. 19, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police have released the names of two men killed in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood earlier this week. The victims of Monday night's shooting were identified as 32-year-old Christian Green, of New Bedford, and 34-year-old Jose Martinez, of Boston. Officers responding to reports...

New study to examine feeding habits of Cape Cod great whites

Jun. 19, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers on Cape Cod are launching a new study focused on the hunting and feeding habits of the region's great white sharks following last year's two attacks on humans, including the state's first fatal one in more than 80 years. The hope is that the work, which starts in the coming days,...

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and...

Dominican officials arrest 11th suspect in David Ortiz case

Jun. 18, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Merán. The official, who agreed to disclose the...

Chiropractor pleads guilty to tax evasion charges

Jun. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts chiropractor has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges. Federal authorities say Richard Rogers, who ran his business out of his Northborough home, pleaded guilty to evading his taxes from 2012 through 2016 by concealing his income from the Internal Revenue...

AP source: Celtics' Horford to be unrestricted free agent

Jun. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been...

9-month-old Massachusetts boy bitten by snake in kitchen

Jun. 18, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman whose 9-month-old son was bitten by a 5-foot long snake that slithered into the family's kitchen says the boy was completely unfazed by the ordeal, until his parents panicked. Jenna Lees-Rolfe tells The Boston Globe she was preparing breakfast at her Medford home...