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WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets. Retail prices have surged 401 percent since 2009 for brand-name drugs for skin conditions, according to research published in JAMA...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has...
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has rescued a man who suffered chest pains while aboard a fishing boat off the Rhode Island coastline. Petty Officer Second Class Alan Freedman says a rescue crew out of Station Point Judith in Narragansett deployed to arrange a medical...
MELROSE, Mass. (AP) — School officials in a Massachusetts city say they are outraged by a bullying incident in which a group of middle school students kicked other students with red hair during a break in classes. A statement from the school department said it was believed the seventh-graders...
BOSTON (AP) — A former nanny for a Boston family has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $280,000 from her employers and using the money on vacations, jewelry and other luxuries. Stephanie Lee Fox, of Randolph, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say the...
STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — State police say an accident involving multiple vehicles on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike triggered a miles-long backup. Police say the pileup occurred on Interstate 90 around 10:20 a.m. Thursday in the Sturbridge area, fouling traffic just as...
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission this holiday season plans to crack down on bars known to have sold alcohol to convicted drunken drivers. The Sale to Intoxicated Persons program will be in effect through New Year’s Eve. The commission will work with local...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The city of Worcester has given the College of the Holy Cross the go-ahead for a nearly $72 million overhaul and expansion of the school’s indoor athletic center. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the city Planning Board unanimously approved a project that would...
BOSTON (AP) — An organization representing Bay State merchants is optimistic about the holiday season. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is forecasting a 6.5 percent increase in store sales during the months of November and December. The holiday sales period unofficially begins in...
BOSTON (AP) — Police have identified the man killed in a shooting outside a bar near Fenway Park as a commuter rail conductor for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Police say Jephthe Chery was killed and three others wounded early Thursday in the shooting. It happened a few hours...

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