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Video: Shark attacks seal off Cape Cod

Beachgoers who tried to enjoy Cape Cod’s Nauset beach on Monday got more than a summer day on the sand and views of the eclipse. The beach day turned frightening as swimmers saw a shark attack a seal only yards away from the shore. The shark took a fatal bite of the seal, turning the water...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Former Romney aide Beth Lindstrom announces run against Warren

Elizabeth Warren has another challenger vying for her Senate seat. Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Gov. Mitt Romney, announced her run on Monday. In a video posted online Monday, Lindstrom said that she is not a politician, “I’m a mom who cares deeply about Massachusetts and where we...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:51am

Massachusetts has more hate groups than any other New England state: Report

After white supremacist gathered in Charlottesville, Va., institutions of all kinds are clamping down on hate groups, from domain providers to PayPal. But just how much of a concern are hate groups, especially here in New England? The Southern Poverty Law Center has a “hate map” on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:17pm

State announces new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has issued new regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts which target the natural gas distribution network, the transportation sector and the electric sector. The regulations announced out on Friday are the final steps that build...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:16pm

State launches campaign against driving while high

Though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, officials are reminding residents that that doesn’t mean they can drive while high. The state’s public safety office unveiled this week a new campaign aimed at highlighting the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana. “Drive high...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:25pm

All Mass. Pike Allston lanes are reopened ahead of schedule

If you take the Massachusetts Turnpike, your morning commute should be back to normal as of Monday morning. All four lanes in each direction on I-90 are open once again, as of 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Pike was previously whittled down...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:59am

As legal recreational weed gains traction, doctors stay informed through new cannabis curriculum

Now that the recreational marijuana law has finally been signed by Gov. Charlie Baker and the state is shaping its Cannabis Advisory Board, the dream of legal weed is here to stay in Massachusetts. Though medical marijuana has been legal here since 2012, the addition of legal recreational...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:07am

Amanda Knox says Michelle Carter was 'wrongfully convicted'

Amanda Knox made headlines when she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison after being convicted there for the murder of her roommate. After she was acquitted, her case gained attention as an example of a wrongful conviction, and now Knox is speaking out about another case she says was...

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:51pm

Woman guilty of coercing boyfriend to kill himself via text message to be sentenced today

A Massachusetts woman could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on Thursday for goading her teenage boyfriend into suicide with a series of text messages in 2014. Michelle Carter, 20, of Plainville was found guilty in June of involuntary manslaughter for urging her 18-year-old boyfriend,...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:50am

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure

The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names the final five members. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Attorney...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:05pm

Baker files legislation asking for August sales tax holiday

Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation Wednesday declaring a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. "The sales tax holiday gives consumers a much needed break and supports business across the Commonwealth for our hardworking retailers," Baker said in a statement....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:47am

Obama advisors want former MA Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020

Could yet another (former) Massachusetts governor become a presidential candidate? That’s the hope of none other than those in Barack Obama’s inner circle, according to Politico. Former Gov. Deval Patrick is being encouraged to run for president in 2020 by former Obama advisers well-...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:25am

Baker files bill to allow local police to honor some ICE detainer requests

A push from the Baker administration to respond to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling and reinstate a policy allowing state and local police to cooperate, on a limited basis, with federal immigration detainer requests met stiff resistance from civil liberties activists who questioned the...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2:32pm

Mass. hospitals feeling surge in heroin-related visits, data shows

Heroin-related hospital visits in Massachusetts grew by 256 percent from 2011 to 2015, with the sharpest increase among patients between the ages of 25 and 34, according to data set to be released Wednesday. New research by the state's Health Policy Commission found a 56 percent increase in...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:28am

Bristol County jail to replace in-person visits with video calls

Inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction may soon no longer see their visitors in person as the sheriff’s office looks to replace face-to-face visitations with video calls. Currently, the facility has non-contact visits, said Jonathan Darling, a spokesman for Bristol County Sheriff...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:10am

Reps will file bill to counter top court's immigration ruling

After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. In a ruling hailed by civil liberties advocates...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:18am

State officials cannot detain immigrants for ICE, Mass. top court rules

State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:57am

Bill aimed at protecting pregnant workers reaches gov's desk

After passing slightly different versions of the legislation earlier this year, the House and Senate reached a compromise this week on a bill mandating protections for pregnant workers and sent the legislation to the governor's desk Thursday. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act offers pregnant...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:46pm

Reebok creates new space boot for astronauts

Reebok is expanding its reach to outer space with a new boot being tested by astronauts. The Massachusetts-based footwear company announced its Floatride Space Boot SB-01 this week, a lightweight space boot developed in partnership with another Bay State manufacturing business, David Clark Company...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 1:25pm

Sexual abuse bill targets school employees

In 2004, Dudley police investigated what they believed to be a crime: a sexual relationship between a 30-year-old English teacher and a 16-year-old boy who was her student. It was not a crime, Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar told the Legislature's Education Committee on Tuesday. Since 2005...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 9:20am