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A passer-by uses a mobile device near a window featuring a likeness, left, of chef and social media star known as Salt Bae outside the Nusr-Et Boston restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Boston. The restaurant opened by the Turkish restaurateur, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, was ordered closed Sunday, Sept. 27, because officials said it posed a

Salt Bae's restaurant apologizes after coronavirus closure

Sep. 29, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Boston steakhouse opened by the chef and social media star known as Salt Bae apologized Tuesday after the restaurant was shut down for violating coronavirus safety rules. Dennis Quilty, a lawyer for the Nusr-Et Boston restaurant, told officials on the city License Board that...

Black leaders: Lawmakers must OK police accountability bill

Sep. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 Black leaders and organizations from across Massachusetts are pressing state lawmakers to act on a stalled police accountability bill. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved separate versions of the bill. A conference committee has been working to hammer out a final...

Protesters push bill to expand access to driver's licenses

Sep. 26, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Protesters are planning to gather on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse on Saturday to call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would let all those living in Massachusetts to obtain driver’s licenses, including those in the country illegally. Supporters say many families...

Baker activates members of Massachusetts National Guard

Sep. 24, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an order Thursday activating up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as cities across the country prepare for possible protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. In the order, Baker said guard members will be...

Gov. Baker defends tradition of peaceful transfer of power

Sep. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday defended the nation's tradition of peaceful power transfers following elections, a day after President Donald Trump again declined to commit to such a transfer if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. Honoring the will of voters is a fundamental part of the...

Restaurants to be allowed to use bar areas for food service

Sep. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts restaurants will soon be able seat up to 10 people at a table and use their bar areas to serve food, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The moves that take effect Monday are intended to help the industry, which has faced severe restrictions intended to help slow the...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

In-person learning draws ire of teachers; 11 COVID-19 deaths

Sep. 22, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A major Massachusetts teachers union is accusing the state's top education official of pressuring more than a dozen school districts for asking them to come up with plans for in-person learning. “In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening...

Judge invalidates firing of Holyoke Soldiers' Home boss

Sep. 22, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration wrongfully fired the head of a home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened with the coronavirus have died, a judge has ruled. The Hampden Superior Court judge's ruling on Monday invalidates the firing of former Holyoke...

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Massachusetts congressional members mourn Ginsburg's passing

Sep. 19, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and the Republican governor are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and urging the Senate to wait to vote on a replacement until the election. “Any attempt by the GOP to push through a rushed...