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File - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing in federal court in Boston. In August 2020, U.S. District Judge William Young ordered Rovinski's early release after his lawyers argued that his medical conditions make him particularly susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

Man guilty in terror plot to be released from prison

Aug. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in a plot to behead a blogger on behalf of the Islamic State group will be released early because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has ruled. The judge ordered Nicholas Rovinski's release this week after his...

Ex-Boston police union boss charged with sex assault of girl

Aug. 13, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of Boston's largest police union has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl and was ordered held Thursday on $100,000 bail. Patrick Rose, 66, a retired officer and the one-time president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, was arraigned on charges...

Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez, left, follows through on his grand slam in front of Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Perez during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Rays pounce on Red Sox, hold on for 9-5 win

Aug. 12, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Blake Snell pitched five shutout innings and the Tampa Bay Rays backed him with a trio of 400-foot homers to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 on Wednesday night and earn their fifth straight victory. Willy Adames, Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo all homered off Zack Godley, and Austin Meadows hit...

Tampa Bay Rays' Michael Brosseau, center, gets the throw at second base on the attempted steal by Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Red Sox put Benintendi on injured list with rib cage strain

Aug. 12, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a right rib cage strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from their alternate training site to take his spot on the roster. Benintendi had started in left field for 12 of Boston's 17...

FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photo, then-Suffolk County District Attorney Democratic candidate Rachael Rollins speaks during a forum in Boston. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, District Attorney Rollins criticized The Massachusetts Bail Fund for paying for the release of a convicted rapist, who has since been charged with a new rape. A statement from the bail fund said Wednesday that it bails out people based on financial need

Bail fund answers criticism over freeing convicted rapist

Aug. 12, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bail fund in Massachusetts that's among many nationwide flooded with donations amid the country's reckoning with racism is defending itself after freeing people facing serious crimes, including a convicted rapist who has since been charged with a new rape. The Massachusetts Bail Fund said...

Boston Celtics' Brad Stevens on during the second half of an NBA basketball game =against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool)

Celtics sign coach Brad Stevens to contract extension

Aug. 12, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have signed coach Brad Stevens to a contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. The Celtics signed Stevens to a six-year deal when they hired him in 2013. They gave him an initial extension in 2016 that would have expired following...

Gen. Belichick? Trump says Patriots coach has military chops

Aug. 12, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick has eight Super Bowl rings. Maybe he should also have four stars. In a call with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt aired Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he thinks the legendary New England Patriots coach — a master strategist on the football field...

FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. On Friday, July 31, 2020, a federal appeals court overturned the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence. (FBI via AP, File)

Feds get more time to weigh Boston Marathon bomber appeal

Aug. 12, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to give prosecutors another month to decide their next step after the court tossed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week said prosecutors can have until Sept. 14 to file a petition asking...

Tampa Bay Rays' Manuel Margot celebrates with Willy Adames (1) after scoring on a ground-rule double by Brandon Lowe during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brosseau's leadoff HR sparks Rays in 8-2 rout of Red Sox

Aug. 11, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Mike Brosseau led off the game with a home run, Yandy Díaz and Hunter Renfroe each had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays continued their offensive onslaught against the Boston Red Sox in a 8-2 win Tuesday night. Brosseau hit Boston starter Martín Pérez’s sixth pitch of the...

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo shows a Dunkin' Donuts logo on a shop in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The Massachusetts-based coffee and donuts empire is teaming with Post Consumer Brands to release two new breakfast cereals based on two of its most popular coffee drinks: Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte. The new cereals are expected to hit grocery shelves in late August 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Some coffee with your coffee? Dunkin' launching cereal line

Aug. 11, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

CANTON, Mass. (AP) — As if 2020 wasn’t weird enough, Dunkin’ is getting into the cereal game. The Massachusetts-based coffee and donuts empire is releasing two new breakfast cereals based on two of its most popular coffee drinks: Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte. The team-up with Post...