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Utility-backed natural gas booklets spark backlash at school

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The father of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, elementary school student said Monday he was shocked when he pulled two activity booklets from his son’s backpack that had been distri...

States push back against use of facial recognition by police

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have used facial recognition technology to solve homicides and bust human traffickers, but concern about its accuracy and the growing per...

Anti-Semitic play calling renews push for genocide education

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are renewing a push for mandatory genocide education after a high school football coach was fired following reports that the team used anti-Semitic language, incl...

Boston turns historic page with 1st Black, 1st female mayor

BOSTON (AP) — Kim Janey, who as a child had rocks hurled at her school bus during Boston's desegregation era, marked her historic elevation as the first woman and first Black person to serve as mayor ...

Pandemic takes a political toll on Massachusetts governor

BOSTON (AP) — Early last March, when the COVID-19 crisis still felt like a remote threat, Charlie Baker flew off with members of his family to a ski vacation in Utah. It would be the...

Janey becomes 1st woman, person of color to be Boston mayor

BOSTON (AP) — Boston has a new mayor in Kim Janey, who became the city’s first female and first person of color to take the office Monday. Marty Walsh resigned Monday evening to beco...

'Turning point': Women of color increasingly leading Boston

BOSTON (AP) — For the better part of a century, the iconic image of a Boston mayor typically conjured up the figure of James Michael Curley — the real-life Irish-American city boss elected four times ...

Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary

BOSTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will select Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision, choosing a former union worker who shares his Iri...

Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary

BOSTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will select Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, according to a source familiar with the decision, choosing a former union worker who shares his Iri...

Trump says he'll 'fight like hell' to hold on to presidency

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — With mounting desperation, Donald Trump declared he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss to Joe Bid...

Virus, policing topped 2020 issues in state legislatures

Responses to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality dominated legislative sessions in 2020, leading to scores of new laws that will take effect in the new year. Virus-related ...

Coronavirus deaths surpass 10,000 in hard-hit Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus deaths have surpassed 10,000 in hard-hit Massachusetts, health officials said Thursday, cautioning that the actual toll is likely much higher because of fatalities ...

Transit officials propose service cuts in wake of pandemic

BOSTON (AP) — Greater Boston's transportation agency proposed a series of public transit cuts Monday that officials say are needed after ridership plummeted when the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this...

Contributors to the AP/FRONTLINE probe of supply lines

Associated Press staff from around the world who contributed to the AP/"FRONTLINE" investigation into the failure of medical supply chains and its effect on America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era

BOSTON (AP) — After the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy famously compared his 1,000-day presidency to “Camelot,” a popular Broadway musical about the legend of King...