Latest Massachusetts News

After underwhelming first year, can casino improve fortunes?

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Aerosmith, New England Patriots cheerleaders and a five-tier birthday cake: Massachusetts' first Las Vegas-style casino is throwing itself an indulgent birthday bash Saturday. But one year after opening in western Massachusetts, MGM Springfield has underperformed its lofty revenue promises...

As Gannett, GateHouse merge, newspaper cost-cutting persists

Aug. 23, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a week after announcing its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett , GateHouse Media was again laying off journalists and other workers at its newspapers, possibly foreshadowing the future awaiting employees of what will become the largest U.S. newspaper company. GateHouse and Gannett say...

The Latest: Harris gets warm welcome at California meeting

Aug. 23, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in California (all times local): 2:35 p.m. California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting a rousing hometown welcome at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in San Francisco. Harris is looking to California as a...

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79

Aug. 23, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles poured a fortune into right-wing causes, transforming the American political landscape and shaping U.S. policies on such issues as climate change and government regulation, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was...

MIT says Jeffrey Epstein donated $800K over 20 years

Aug. 23, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The president of MIT says the university took about $800,000 from Jeffrey Epstein over 20 years and is offering an apology. Rafael Reif also says in an email to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community posted online Thursday night that the school will investigate and...

'Peace park' removes United Nations flag after objections

Aug. 23, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

SHERBORN, Mass. (AP) — Who knew a "peace park" could be so contentious? The Pacifist Memorial in the Boston suburb of Sherborn has been forced to take down a United Nations flag after residents objected. Memorial founder Lewis Randa removed the flag and its flagpole last week because residents of the...

Today in History

Aug. 23, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2019. There are 130 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 23, 1927, amid worldwide protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery....

Brady passes, scrambles Patriots past Panthers 10-3

Aug. 23, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady did just enough in his first preseason action of his 20th NFL season to keep other teams guessing as they prepare to face the 42-year-old, six-time Super Bowl champion. Brady completed 8 of 12 passes for 75 yards in three offensive possessions, leaving after driving the...

Newton injures foot, Brady solid in Patriots' 10-3 win

Aug. 23, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This was not the return to the field that Cam Newton was hoping to make. The Carolina Panthers quarterback left Thursday night's 10-3 exhibition loss to the New England Patriots in the first quarter with a foot injury that left him grimacing on the sideline. The 2015 MVP was...

Panthers QB Newton leaves exhibition game with foot injury

Aug. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton left Thursday night's exhibition game against New England in the first quarter with a foot injury. The team announced that he would not return. The 2015 NFL MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for...