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Massachusetts official warns AI systems subject to consumer protection, anti-bias laws

Apr. 16, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Developers, suppliers, and users of artificial intelligence must comply with existing state consumer protection, anti-discrimination, and data privacy laws, the Massachusetts attorney general cautioned Tuesday. In an advisory, Attorney General Andrea Campbell pointed...

Right whale is found entangled off New England in a devastating year for the vanishing species

Apr. 13, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A North Atlantic right whale has been spotted entangled in rope off New England, worsening an already devastating year for the vanishing animals, federal authorities said. The right whales number less than 360 and are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 12, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

Portland Press Herald. April 7, 2024. Editorial: Digital privacy should not be a state-level priority A bill that would place novel limits on digital marketing in the name of consumer protection could do more harm than good. Increasingly predatory means...

Massachusetts House budget writers propose spending on emergency shelters, public transit

Apr. 10, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a proposed $57.9 billion state budget for the 2025 fiscal year that would include $500 million for the state’s emergency shelter system and what lawmakers say is a record investment of $555 million for the beleaguered Massachusetts Bay...

US military veteran accused of having explicit images of a child apparently joined Russian army

Apr. 10, 2024 18:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran who fled a charge of possessing sexually explicit images of a child told his lawyer he joined Russia’s army, and video appears to show him signing documents in a military enlistment office in Siberia. Wilmer Puello-Mota, a former elected...

Massachusetts city agrees to $900,000 settlement for death of a 30-year-old woman in custody

Apr. 10, 2024 18:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city will pay a $900,000 settlement to the family of a Vermont woman who died in police custody to settle a lawsuit over authorities' failure to provide adequate medical care. The Springfield City Council voted Monday to approve the...

Explosive device thrown onto porch of Satanic Temple in Massachusetts. No injuries were reported

Apr. 09, 2024 12:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Someone threw an explosive device onto the porch of The Satanic Temple in Massachusetts at a time when no one was inside, and the device and damage it caused were not found until nearly 12 hours later, police said. No injuries were reported. State police bomb...

Massachusetts city is set to settle a lawsuit in the death of an opioid-addicted woman

Apr. 07, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Relatives of a Vermont woman whose obituary drew national attention for its candid and heart-breaking discussion of her opioid addiction have reached a settlement with some of the parties who were sued for allegedly failing to provide adequate medical care. ...

East Coast earthquakes aren't common, but they are felt by millions. Here's what to know

Apr. 06, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — East Coast residents were jolted Friday by a 4.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Lebanon, New Jersey, with weak rumblings felt as far away as Baltimore and the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. No life-threatening injuries or major damage have been reported. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 05, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

Portland Press Herald. March 31, 2024. Editorial: Greater housing opportunities will require lateral thinking New creativity needs to be brought to bear on the housing crisis and the private sector has a valuable part to play. If we’re going to solve...