Latest Massachusetts News

Patriots face unknowns in matchup with Bell-less Steelers

Dec. 12, 2018 6:36 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If there's been a blueprint to having success against the Patriots defense this season, it's started with running the football. Seven times in 2018 New England has allowed an opponent to rush for 100 or more yards. On four of those occasions it's ended in a Patriots loss. In...

Utility declares milestone in gas explosions recovery

Dec. 12, 2018 4:57 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The utility company that caused the September natural gas pipeline explosions in Massachusetts says it has reached a "major milestone" in its efforts to restore gas service. Columbia Gas said Wednesday that the restoration process is "substantially complete," with 98 percent of...

Prosecutors: 8th trooper charged in overtime abuse scandal

Dec. 12, 2018 4:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say an eighth Massachusetts State Police trooper has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into an overtime abuse scandal. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says 40-year-old Heath McAuliffe, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was charged Wednesday with embezzlement from...

Boston man gets life in prison for road rage killing

Dec. 12, 2018 3:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man who gunned down another man during what prosecutors called "a stupid traffic dispute" has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Deonarine Ganga was sentenced Wednesday, the day after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the April 2017 road rage...

Rare whales arrival earlier than typical in Cape Cod Bay

Dec. 12, 2018 2:47 PM EST

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Marine scientists say endangered North Atlantic right whales have been spotted in Cape Cod Bay for the first time this feeding season. The Center for Coastal Studies says its aerial surveillance team saw seven right whales in the bay on Tuesday. They are among about 411 left in...

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

Dec. 12, 2018 2:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained. Nearly 70...

YMCA apologizes for threat to report parents smelling of pot

Dec. 12, 2018 1:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A YMCA in Massachusetts is apologizing to its members after a staffer posted a notice threatening to report parents who smell like marijuana. The Boston Globe reports that Greater Springfield YMCA president and chief executive Dexter Johnson said the letter was prematurely sent out by another...

Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries

Dec. 12, 2018 12:58 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state. Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in a statement Tuesday the state's program has been "thoughtfully expanded" to 18 approved dispensaries since its...

Schilling criticizes Ocasio-Cortez, provoking Cicilline

Dec. 12, 2018 12:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has gone after Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, drawing the ire of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline. The Boston Globe reports 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, wrote on Twitter her ideas are being scrutinized because of her age, while Paul...

Former camp counselor faces possible indictment for assault

Dec. 12, 2018 12:29 PM EST

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former counselor at a Massachusetts camp for children charged with indecent assault of a camper now faces possible indictment. Christopher Brayton-Tedesco faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. The Gloucester Daily Times reports he was found dangerous in...