Amid tears and laughter, visits resume in nursing homes

BOSTON (AP) — She wore a mask and sat across the nursing home patio from her elderly mother, but Marcie Abramson's emotions were on full display as the two connected in person for the first time in ne...

Aquarium seals must be wondering: Who's that masked trainer?

BOSTON (AP) — Humans can't always recognize each other in face masks, so imagine the confusion that wild animals in captivity must feel. At the New England Aquarium in Boston, worker...

What's in store: Groceries installing barriers amid outbreak

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Grocery stores across the U.S. are installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help keep cashiers and shoppers from infecting one another with the coronavirus. ...

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by th...

Armed with affection, octogenarian is an 'octopus whisperer'

BOSTON (AP) — Wilson Menashi palmed a squid in his left hand and extended his arm into an aquarium tank, watching as a giant Pacific octopus stretched out arms to greet him like a friend. ...

Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Democratic lawmaker poised to lead the powerful tax-writing committee in the House says he'd consider President Donald Trump's proposal for a middle-income tax cut, but o...

A chosen-family portrait: A group that 'needed each other'

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — There's no shorthand to describe all the relationships that bind Wil Darcangelo's family. So he just explains it this way: "We're all kind of misfits who needed each other." ...

Auction of items linked to late Princess Diana winding down

BOSTON (AP) — Online bidding is winding down for dozens of items with direct connections to Britain's late Princess Diana. Eighty items being sold at auction 20 years after her death...

Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

MILTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter. ...

Harvard scholars: Travel ban deprives US of best, brightest

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard Medical School professor Thomas Michel was so excited about recruiting Iranian researcher Soheil Saravi, he put Saravi's name on the door of his Boston lab when his new hire got ...

Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows potential risks

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — It only takes a minute for a crispy Christmas tree to touch off a raging inferno. Researchers who set up a mock living room complete with curtains and an armc...