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2 years 2 months ago

Shark bite confirmed in Massachusetts

Massachusetts officials confirm it was a great white shark that attacked a swimmer off Cape Cod last week. The state Division of Marine Fisheries announced the determination Tuesday after speaking with the swimmer, examining his injuries and working with the curator of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida...

3 years 4 months ago

Tornadoes surprise western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - It's an area of the country known more for winter blizzards than for springtime tornadoes, but central and western Massachusetts is cleaning up today from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured about 200. The deaths are the first in the state from tornadoes...

3 years 10 months ago

MA healthcare costs soar

BOSTON (AP) - Four years after Massachusetts passed the nation's most ambitious health care law, Gov. Deval Patrick and lawmakers are working to rein in spiraling insurance costs. Those costs are threatening to undermine the 2006 health care law, which mandated nearly universal health coverage. Supporters say the...

4 years 1 month ago

Parking ticket? Try yoga

Drivers annoyed by parking tickets in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are getting some calming advice from city officials - try yoga. The city's parking tickets include instructions on the reverse on how to bend into some simple yoga positions. The city, which is home to Harvard and MIT, printed 40,000 of...

4 years 2 months ago

Truck-boat makes waves in neighborhood

A Melrose, Massachusetts man came up with a unique creation to get around: a hybrid half-car, half-boat. While it may not be sea-worthy, it is street legal. "It's a pickup truck in a Halloween costume, basically. I use it for everything," explains builder Ron Kilroe. About ten years...

4 years 3 months ago

Fish falling from the sky

John Walsh doesn't fish. In this case, he didn't have to. A 14-inch striped bass landed in his Milton, Massachusetts yard on Monday. "I'd expect it at the beach, but we're a mile and a half, two miles from the ocean," said Walsh. The Walsh family was outside...

4 years 3 months ago

Oppressive heat in eastern US today

The Fourth of July is over, but temperatures are sizzling hotter than a firecracker over much of the country. Temperatures reached at least the 90s from Maine to Texas and into the Southwest and Death Valley over the holiday weekend. Now the mid-Atlantic is embarking on a string of...

4 years 4 months ago

Teacher finds 1792 document in classroom

A Massachusetts teacher cleaning up her classroom in preparation for a move has discovered a Colonial-era document buried in a pile of outdated textbooks and dusty scraps of papers. Michelle Eugenio, a fourth-grade teacher in Peabody, found the yellowed sheet of paper two weeks ago. Dated April 1792 and...

4 years 5 months ago

Heavy rains limit access to Walden Pond

Heavy spring flooding has forced authorities to cut summer access by nearly half at Walden Pond in Massachusetts, made famous by author Henry David Thoreau. The rains raised water levels on the pond 4 feet above average, submerging the beach and parts of a path around the pond in...

4 years 5 months ago

Obama 0-for-4 in endorsements

The White House says it's not worried about four consecutive losses by Democratic candidates President Barack Obama had supported. The latest defeat came Tuesday when Sen. Arlen Specter lost to Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs gave a simple, one-word answer when asked...

4 years 6 months ago

Kerrigan brother pleads not guilty to manslaughter

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault in Massachusetts in the death of their father. Forty-five-year-old Mark Kerrigan entered the pleas Friday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. Prosecutors say 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan died after a violent clash Jan. 24 with his...

4 years 7 months ago

Northeast recovering from drenching

Utility crews in the Northeast continue to chip away at the leftover power outages from the weekend storm. A New Jersey utility says the storm caused more outages than any storm in its history -- affecting more than 400,000 homes and businesses. A low pressure system lingering off...

4 years 7 months ago

Rescuers struggle to save dolphins

Crews worked Friday to save a group of dolphins stranded off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Workers and volunteers waded through hip-deep mud on Thursday to carry eight Atlantic white-sided dolphins from Drummers Cove, but two did not survive. The six rescued dolphins were quickly brought to Provincetown...

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