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Actor Sam Waterston to kick off annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Jan. 01, 2022 08:19 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year's Moby-Dick Marathon, the annual cover-to-cover reading of Herman Melville's iconic man-versus whale novel hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, kicks off on Jan. 7. This year's celebrity reader, who traditionally gets things started with the...

Ralph Tavares, eldest brother of R&B quintet Tavares, dies

Dec. 09, 2021 22:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Tavares, the eldest of the five brothers in the Grammy-winning R&B singing group Tavares, whose hits included “It Only Takes a Minute” and “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," has died. Tavares died at his home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts on...

Hospitals start firing workers over vaccination refusals

Dec. 06, 2021 11:21 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Hospital systems in Massachusetts have started firing workers who refused to comply with coronavirus vaccine mandates. New Bedford-based Southcoast Health fired 216 employees last week, a system spokesperson told The Herald News of Fall River. ...

DNA inside conch shell leads to suspect in 2001 homicide

Dec. 03, 2021 11:13 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — DNA recovered from the interior of a conch shell thought to have been used as a weapon in the 2001 killing of a Massachusetts woman has led to the indictment on a murder charge of the victim's half-brother, prosecutors said. David Reed, 53,...

Baker signs Massachusetts' congressional redistricting map

Nov. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation Monday creating new lines for Massachusetts' nine congressional districts. The map avoids any dramatic shifts in district lines, in large part because the state retains the same number of existing...

3 charged following drug-related killing in Maine

Nov. 19, 2021 18:49 PM EST

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Three men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire were charged Friday in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old this month in eastern Maine, officials said. Nathanael Genao, 23, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was arrested at his home...

Investigation into 2019 plane crash points to medical event

Nov. 12, 2021 11:48 AM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A medical event, not an equipment malfunction, mostly likely caused a small plane to crash in a cemetery in New Bedford in 2019, a preliminary government investigation has found. Paul E. Vidal, 74, was piloting the single-engine plane on Nov....

Man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing woman to death

Nov. 10, 2021 14:25 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in the fatal stabbing of a woman in 2018. Robert Viveiros, 50, a New Bedford resident, was convicted last week of murder in the brutal 2018 stabbing of Chantel Bruno....

Massachusetts lawmakers release congressional district map

Nov. 01, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers released a proposed new map of Massachusetts congressional districts Monday. The map avoids any large-scale dramatic shifts in district lines, in large part because the state retained the same number of congressional districts — nine....

Nor'easter cuts power to over half-million homes, businesses

Oct. 27, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A nor’easter that battered the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force wind gusts left more than a half-million homes and businesses without power in New England and forced the closure of bridges, ferries and schools in the region Wednesday. Utility workers...