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In this September 2020 photo, an electric fence surrounds a campaign sign for President Donald Trump in John Oliveira's yard in New Bedford, Mass. Oliveira said he installed the fence to protect his sign after several were stolen from his lawn during the summer. (John Oliveira via AP)

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

Sep. 18, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it. John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford School Committee, put the fence up a few weeks ago. Oliveira...

Pats add Folk, Bryant to 53-man; sign 2 to practice squad

Sep. 16, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have promoted kicker Nick Folk and cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Folk handled kicking duties in Sunday's win over Miami, but was sent back down after the game. This is Bryant's first time on the active roster after beginning the...

A sign stands at the road leading to the Raytheon facility in a Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, in Marlborough, Mass.Raytheon Technologies plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year in its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace. Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes announced the revised job cut numbers Wednesday during a Morgan Stanley analysts conference.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Raytheon doubles job cuts to 15,000, citing airline downturn

Sep. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Technologies Corp. plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year at its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace amid the downturn in the airline industry, Chief Executive Officer Greg...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, people stop to record images of Widener Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in a lawsuit alleging that Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process. The plaintiff appealed after a federal judge ruled in favor of Harvard in 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Judges scrutinize suit's claims in Harvard racial bias case

Sep. 16, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A panel of appeals court judges on Wednesday repeatedly challenged the legal claims of a group that accuses Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American students who apply to the Ivy League school. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Feds: Men hacked US sites after killing of Iranian general

Sep. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two computer hackers have been indicted on charges that they defaced websites across the U.S. in retaliation to the killing of Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The men, whom authorities believe to be living in Iran and the Palestinian territories, are accused of...

FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, fans enjoy pre-game festivities outside Fenway Park in Boston. Ballpark area businesses are struggling during the 2020 season while fans are not in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Cheap parking at Fenway? Only during a pandemic

Sep. 15, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The sign says it will cost $60 to park at the Sunoco gas station just beyond Fenway Park’s right field bleachers. These days, though, you can get a spot for $10. Like the other businesses around the ballpark, they are happy to have any customers they can get during a baseball season...

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton signals a first down in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pats embracing 'new normal' of Newton carrying rushing load

Sep. 14, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Dolphins revealed anything, it’s that they will have no problem giving Cam Newton plenty of opportunities to run the ball this season. That’s just fine by him. And if history is any indication, it could translate into a lot...

Clerk quits after long vote count delays in Massachusetts

Sep. 14, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) — The clerk of a Massachusetts town where delays in vote counting held up primary results for days and state officials found 3,000 uncounted mail ballots has resigned. Teresa Burr, town clerk in the Boston suburb of Franklin, formally submitted her resignation over the weekend. The...

New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry, left, fumbles the ball at the goal line in front of Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker, right, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. The ball rolled out of the end zone for a Dolphins touchback. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Same old issues on defense doom Dolphins against Patriots

Sep. 13, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins couldn't like what they saw from their defense on Sunday. It was far too familiar. From a 21-11 loss to the Patriots that revealed some of Miami's same shortcomings from last season — poor tackling to getting off the field on third down, to costly...

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates his rushing touchdown against the Miami Dolphins with teammates in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Newton runs for 2 TDs, Patriots hold off Dolphins 21-11

Sep. 13, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Cam Newton era for the New England Patriots arrived on the ground. Newton looked just fine as Tom Brady's replacement, rushing for two touchdowns Sunday, and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 21-11 to open the season. Newton rushed for 15 times for 75 yards and threw for...