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This May 7, 2020, file photo, shows a Dunkin' Donuts at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon, Pa. The Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee chain confirmed it's held talks to be taken private by a private equity firm, sending shares rocketing to an all-time high at the opening bell Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings owner buying Dunkin' Brands

Oct. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee is being combined with Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby's sandwiches. Inspire Brands Inc. said Friday that it is acquiring Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. for $11.3 billion, including the Dunkin’ Brands’ debt that Inspire will be taking on. The...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) makes a pass during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)

No. 1 Clemson turns to Uiagalelei with Lawrence sidelined

Oct. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney always planned for talented freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to take over for Trevor Lawrence, just not this weekend against Boston College. That's the situation for the Tigers, however, after Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19. He is out against the Eagles (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic...

Snow falls on the Public Garden, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Octobrrrr? Early snowfall blankets much of northeast US

Oct. 30, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — If you had snow in October on your 2020 bingo card, you're a lucky winner. Several inches fell across much of the northeastern U.S. on Friday, accumulating on lawns, fouling roads and inspiring social media posts with a mock “snowpocalypse” theme. “Bike commuting in a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 30, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Crackdown on COVID violations a sad necessity Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board Oct. 28 The frustration with month after month of COVID-related restrictions is understandable. Everyone is tired of...

Massachusetts university limits students to their dorm rooms

Oct. 30, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Students at a Massachusetts university have been told to shelter in place for a week in response to a cluster of coronavirus cases on campus. The order at Assumption University in Worcester took effect Friday and comes after eight new positive cases among students in the past week, school...

Rhode Island man facing federal sex trafficking charges

Oct. 30, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been accused of moving five women around the Northeast and to Las Vegas for prostitution purposes, often using force or threats against the women, federal prosecutors say. Ronald Hall, 48, of Woonsocket, was indicted earlier this week on five counts of sex trafficking...

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman makes a diving catch in front of Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Belichick doesn't think Edelman's surgery is season ending

Oct. 30, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t expect a surgical procedure that Julian Edelman underwent on his ailing knee this week will keep the receiver sidelined for the rest of the season. But it will at a minimum keep Edelman off the field Sunday when the Patriots visit AFC...

FILE -  This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The U.S. State Department has agreed to turn over to Japan Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, who are accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting trial, the men's lawyers said in legal filing on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (DHA via AP)

US calls bid to stop extradition of 2 to Japan 'meritless'

Oct. 30, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice lawyers urged a judge Friday to deny a bid to block the extradition of two American men wanted in Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn sneak out of the country in a box. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink described Michael Taylor and...

Judge frees man from prison due to excluded Black jurors

Oct. 30, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Black man convicted of murder in 1972 is free from prison after a Boston judge reduced his sentence because Black jurors were excluded from his trial. Arnold King spent 49 years in prison for the murder of John Labanara, a mayoral campaign aide who was 26 when King shot him in his car...

Ex-trooper implicated in overtime scandal loses pension

Oct. 30, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A retired Massachusetts State Police trooper convicted in a widespread overtime fraud scheme has been stripped of his pension by the state Retirement Board. The five-member board voted to take away former trooper Paul Cesan’s pension, which would have paid him nearly $80,000 a year for...