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Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Boston. The Bruins won 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bruins rally past Flyers for 5-4 shootout win in home opener

Jan. 21, 2021 11:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jake DeBrusk scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Boston Bruins won their home opener with a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. In a wild game, the Flyers (3-1-1) led 2-0 and 3-2 but the Bruins (2-1-1) scored four times in the third period on goals by rookie...

Minor carries Merrimack past Fairleigh Dickinson 62-51

Jan. 21, 2021 10:00 PM EST

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Mykel Derring scored a career-high 19 points and Jordan Minor tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds to lift Merrimack to a 62-51 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night. Mikey Watkins added 10 points for Merrimack (2-3, 2-3 Northeast Conference). .Ziggy Reid had seven...

First responders, health care workers and law enforcement personnel line up outside of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to combat the coronavirus. Gillette Stadium opened last week as the first mass vaccination site in Massachusetts. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Massachusetts to ease some pandemic business restrictions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin to ease some of its pandemic restrictions on businesses as spikes in the number of hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have begun to slow, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. Beginning Monday at 5 a.m., the state’s early closure order for businesses and...

Couple indicted for pandemic unemployment benefits fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 5:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman who worked for the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and her husband are facing charges they sought to illegally collect unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Pacheco, 35, and Arthur Pacheco, 47, were indicted Thursday in...

Man charged with killing officer loses bid to move trial

Jan. 21, 2021 4:07 PM EST

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with shooting and killing a police officer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2018 has lost his bid to move his trial off the popular summer destination. The Cape Cod Times reports a judge recently ruled the murder trial of Thomas Latanowich will be held this summer in...

Friendly's restaurant chain sale finalized after bankruptcy

Jan. 21, 2021 2:52 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Friendly's restaurant chain has finalized its sale after filing for bankruptcy in November. The Wilbraham, Massachusetts-based chain known for its ice cream sundaes has been sold to Amici Partners Group, based in Connecticut, the Springfield Republican reported Thursday. The...

Former prosecutor facing new rape charge held without bail

Jan. 21, 2021 2:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston prosecutor and defense attorney facing new rape charges has been ordered held without bail, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. Gary Zerola, 49, of Salem, appeared Thursday in Boston Municipal Court for a dangerousness hearing before Judge Thomas...

Man shot, injured by police charged in his mother's death

Jan. 21, 2021 11:08 AM EST

WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of his mother in Massachusetts, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced Thursday. Timothy Martin, 23, of Manchester, faces murder and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in...

Transportation chief tapped for highway administration post

Jan. 21, 2021 9:58 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is leaving to become deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration under President Joe Biden's administration, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Thursday. The Republican governor said Pollack will step down as MassDOT...

NOAA adds more slow zones to try to protect rare whales

Jan. 21, 2021 3:00 AM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government has added two new “slow zones” to try to protect vulnerable whales from ship strikes. The zones are located off New York City and Nantucket, Massachusetts, and they're designed to protect North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about...