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Boston mascots play musical chairs at Franciscan Children’s hospital

Mascots from Boston's sports teams, professional and college, came together Tuesday to spread joy and cheer to young patients and students at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. The hospital, located in Brighton, specializes in serving children and young adults with medical, mental health and...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:20pm

Self-driving cars allowed on more Boston roads

Self-driving cars have been cleared to tackle more roads in Boston. Cambridge-based autonomous car company nuTonomy has been testing its self-driving vehicles in South Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park since January. The cars, which do have a person behind the wheel in case of...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 4:24pm

Aaron Hernandez lawyers file motion to vacate murder conviction

Updated 3:04 p.m. April 25, 2017: Lawyers for ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are asking Massachusetts's highest court to vacate his murder conviction for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd now that he is dead. A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's office said defense...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 4:21pm

Worcester Polytechnic researchers develop breakthrough malaria treatment for drug-resistant cases

Malaria threatens nearly half of the world’s population, although to many in the industrialized world it may seem like a far-off disease. In Massachusetts, researchers have developed a new medication that offers inexpensive and effective treatment for the mosquito-transmitted disease....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 11:42am

Consumer advocates battle smartphone makers for 'Right to Repair'

As it now stands, two options exist if your smartphone, tablet or other digital device breaks: pay hundreds of dollars for a new one, or pay hundreds of dollars to get the existing one repaired by the manufacturer. Among its features, Apple's iPhone 7 includes one that prevents a consumer from...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:06am

Massachusetts sheriffs see higher pot tax as opportunity to fund addiction treatment

Two sheriffs urged lawmakers on Monday to use the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to invest in substance abuse treatment by raising the tax on pot sales to support public and private addiction treatment programs. "We are searching and starving for resources," Hampshire County...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:45pm

Private funeral for Hernandez to be held Monday in Connecticut

Family and close friends of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will gather in Bristol, Connecticut, on Monday for a private funeral in his hometown. Right before attendees gathered at the O’Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, officials announced that the notes found in...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:05pm

Program fills backpacks with food for needy students, while filling a gap during school breaks

Spring break should be a carefree time for children, but for many, those days spent away from their public schools can mean days spent hungry. Nationwide, nearly 1 in 6 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The need is equally pressing in Cambridge, where a nonprofit...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 5:00am

Judge issues order to protect evidence around Hernandez death

Attorneys for the family of Aaron Hernandez appeared in a New Bedford, Massachusetts, court on Friday afternoon to ask a judge to prevent prison officials from discarding evidence related to the death of the former New England Patriots tight end. The judge ruled in the family's favor Friday...

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:38pm

Lawyer for Odin Lloyd's family calls on Patriots to pay damages

The lawyer for the mother of Odin Lloyd, the man Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2015, has “challenged” the New England Patriots to make a wrongful death payment to the Lloyd family. Douglas Sheff, attorney for Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, told reporters on Friday...

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:49pm

Hernandez hanged himself, DA says; 3 handwritten notes found in his cell

Aaron Hernandez's death in a Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday has been ruled a suicide, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said on Thursday. Officials also released new details on the death, and the minutes after prison officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:22pm

Hundreds of Uber, Lyft drivers successfully appeal license denials

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers who failed state background checks have now successfully appealed their denials, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. Earlier this month, the Baker administration released the results of the first round of state background checks required for ride-for-hire drivers...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:47pm

Lawyer wants state to release Aaron Hernandez's brain for CTE testing

Aaron Hernandez’s attorney is demanding the state medical examiner release the ex-Patriots players’ brain for to see whether he suffered from a traumatic head injury that has been linked to violent outbursts and depression. Hernandez, who was serving life in prison, was found hanging...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:23pm

Will nationwide 4/20 events be how Massachusetts will one day celebrate the ‘high holiday’?

By now you’ve surely heard and seen many memes, posts and wishes about today being the officially unofficial weed holiday of 4/20. While the beginnings of this high holiday are a bit, ahem, smoky, there are no shortages of 4/20 events taking place across the country — both legally and...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 2:56pm

Dorchester educator is National Teacher of the Year

First, Massachusetts recognized her excellence and now the rest of the country has, too. A Dorchester teacher has been named the best educator in the nation. Sydney Chaffee, a teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School, received 2017 National Teacher of the Year honors on Thursday....

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 1:32pm

State suspends plan for 'Rattlesnake Island' in Western Mass

‘Rattlesnake Island’ will not become a reality in Western Massachusetts’  Quabbin Reservoir, state officials announced Wednesday. The controversial project planned to place endangered timber rattlesnakes on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir to help repopulate the species....

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:05pm

3 possible reasons why Aaron Hernandez committed suicide

After Aaron Hernandez was found hanging by a bed sheet in his cell early Wednesday morning, the timing of his apparent suicide has left some scratching their heads. The former Patriots tight end was just acquitted Friday of the double murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, and his lawyer...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:51am

Trump taps Scott Brown to serve as ambassador to New Zealand

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he plans to tap former state and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to serve as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand. If Brown is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, his newest title will be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:20am

Over 21,000 cases set for dismissal following state drug lab scandal

A total of 21,587 drug cases are set for dismissal, according advocates for defendants, a major step in the years-long attempt to clean up the mess left by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan. Tuesday was the deadline for prosecutors to note which convictions involving Dookhan should be...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:11am

Politics and activism will join forces at 'March for Science' on Earth Day

Saturday’s worldwide March for Science rallies will coincide with Earth Day, and that's no coincidence. Organizers formed the March for Science political movement to counter President Donald Trump's efforts to undo many environmental and climate regulations. The scientific community...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:04am