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2 students hospitalized after ingesting e-cigarette

Sep. 21, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — Two students had to be hospitalized and one was physically restrained at a Massachusetts high school after police say several students ingested an e-cigarette pen. Westport Police say they were called to the local high school Friday morning for a report of a student displaying signs...

Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later,...

Man who pointed gun during road rage encounter gets jail

Sep. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Virginia man authorities say pointed a gun at another driver during a road rage incident in Massachusetts has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail. The Standard-Times reports that 56-year-old Michael Couture was scheduled to appear at a hearing Thursday to determine whether...

Ransomware attack locks out New Bedford city data

Sep. 5, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor says hackers demanded $5.3 million from his city in a ransomware attack this summer. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell disclosed Wednesday that a variant of the Ryuk virus blocked access to information on 158 city computers in July. The Standard-Times reports...

Clinic fuels future passion for golf, brings back memories

Aug. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — For the past eight Wednesday afternoons, the mats on the practice range at Whaling City Golf Course have functioned as welcome mats for nearly 50 children who, for $10 apiece, were treated to lessons, practice and actual play under expert tutelage. On Aug. 21, volunteer...

Hip hop festival joins open-air market in New Bedford

Aug. 20, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — If you were walking through Downtown New Bedford on Saturday, you might have been confused by what you saw. 3rd EyE Open Hip Hop Festival not only had break dancers, but also everything from graffiti artists giving demonstrations to farmers selling sunflowers to families playing...

Politicians call for action on offshore wind project

Aug. 20, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts congressional leaders are asking federal officials to move quickly on permits for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. Vineyard Wind has signed contracts to sell 800 megawatts of power a year to three Massachusetts electric utilities. The company planned to begin...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Vineyard Wind CEO says company remains committed to project

Aug. 12, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Vineyard Wind is committed to building the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm off the Massachusetts coast despite a decision by federal regulators to delay issuing a key environmental impact statement, company CEO Lars Pedersen said Monday. But the company will have to...

Woman seeks to save Irish American parish's historic bells

Aug. 12, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — She did it once, but can she do it again? In late 2017, Suzanne Sullivan of Fairhaven, a longtime parishioner at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, led a successful effort to save the historic bells of the first Irish American parish in New Bedford. She raised $75,000 in just 52 days...