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Kevin Rokos, right, and his one-year-old son Merritt, both of Boston, attend a drive-in movie screening of the film

8 free COVID-19 test sites to open; new deaths reported

Jul. 8, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities to help monitor the spread of the disease in part by also offering tests to asymptomatic individuals, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The eight communities were chosen because they have a higher number of cases...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Some institutions, including Harvard, have announced that all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

Jul. 8, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Colleges and universities pushed back Wednesday against the Trump administration’s decision to make international students leave the country if they plan on taking classes entirely online this fall, with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filing a lawsuit...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

4 great white sharks detected near Rhode Island shore

Jul. 8, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at the Atlantic Shark Institute detected four great white sharks Wednesday in the waters near Block Island, Rhode Island. Seven acoustic receivers detected the presence of the sharks, which range in length from 8 to more than 13 feet, in the waters near the island, the...

Massachusetts man pleads guilty to role in romance scam

Jul. 8, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who authorities say played a role in scamming two women in their 70s out of a total of more than $75,000 has pleaded guilty to money laundering and visa fraud charges, federal prosecutors say. Fortune Aikorogie, 33, of Lynn, used a counterfeit Zimbabwean passport and U.S....

DA: Dispute over restaurant bill leads to deadly shooting

Jul. 8, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

WORCESTER. Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man shot in a dispute over a restaurant bill last weekend has died, and the alleged assailant is facing a murder charge, authorities say. Joshua Lopez, 24, of Worcester, was shot Sunday while sitting in the back seat of a vehicle and died at the hospital Monday,...

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right, runs past Interim Manager Ron Roenicke during baseball training camp at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox's Bogaerts ready to lead after Betts' departure

Jul. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has grown accustomed to being on big stages during his first seven years in the major leagues. He won a World Series ring as a rookie with the Red Sox in 2013 and became a full-time starter the following season. He's since earned another ring in 2018 and...

A passer-by wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, while walking past an American flag displayed in a window, in Boston. The U.S. stock market has been churning over the last month, with big daily moves up and down keeping it roughly in place. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts receives 59K fraudulent unemployment claims

Jul. 7, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has received almost 59,000 known fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through June 20 and recovered $158 million in fraudulent claims, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Tuesday. The fraudulent claims, part of a...

Memo signed to approve replacing Bourne and Sagamore bridges

Jul. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The daunting effort to replace the aging Bourne and Sagamore bridges connecting Cape Cod to the rest of the state took another step forward Tuesday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation....

7th former eBay staffer charged in harassment campaign

Jul. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A seventh former eBay Inc. employee has been charged with participating in a campaign to terrorize the editor and publisher of an online newsletter because eBay executives were upset about coverage of the company, authorities said Tuesday. Philip Cooke, 55, who was a supervisor of security...