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BOSTON (AP) — Family members and others opposed to solitary confinement urged Massachusetts lawmakers Monday to restrict its use in jails and prisons. Critics say the state has some of the nation’s harshest solitary confinement policies, allowing inmates to be placed in segregated disciplinary...
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says reviving the popular summer sales tax holiday in Massachusetts is an idea “worth consideration.” The Legislature’s Committee on Revenue on Tuesday is scheduled to hear testimony on several bills that call for suspending the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax for...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say two people are charged with concealing the death of a newborn whose remains were discovered in a garbage bag in the woods behind a home. Police say officers found the bag containing the body on Monday in Worcester after talking to a man...
BOSTON (AP) — Gas prices in Massachusetts have dropped by five cents this week. AAA Northeast said Monday that the price of self-serve, regular gasoline is averaging $2.21 per gallon. That’s eight cents below the national average of $2.29. The state was averaging $2.24 per gallon a year ago at...
TOKYO (AP) — Days after a fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a merchant container ship, little information has emerged to explain how it could have happened. As the families of seven American sailors mourn their losses, here’s a look at what we know, and what we don’t: Q. WHAT...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type. Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home’s gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier this month, then scampered up a backyard apple tree at...
This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, left, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, in a scene from "Cars 3."  Disney-Pixar via AP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office. While many worn-out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North American audience...
The Lighthouse Christian Academy is seen on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind. In its brochure the school promises an exemplary education, a caring atmosphere and a service to God -- but not for everyone. The school reserves the right to deny admission to LGBT students because it views their lifestyle as immoral.  AP Photo/Brian Slodysko
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Lighthouse Christian Academy promises to provide an exemplary education, a caring atmosphere and service to God — but not for everyone. The school says in its admissions brochure that it reserves the right to deny admission to LGBT students because their lifestyle is...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A fake architect named Newman has pleaded guilty to fraud after an investigation New York’s attorney general dubbed “Operation Vandelay Industries.” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says Paul J. Newman had rendered fraudulent architectural services since 2010 in...
HYANNISPORT, Mass. (AP) — Eighteen people were injured after a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and began taking on water, authorities said. The U.S. Coast Guard and steamship authority said the ferry Iyanough hit the jetty and grounded on the rocks at the Hyannis...

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