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Facing criticism for the state's vaccine rollout, Gov. Charlie Baker detailed plans Monday to move residents 65 or older higher up the priority ladder and substantially bolster the state's distribution infrastructure in the coming weeks.

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The number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths rose by 45 on Monday while the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased by nearly 3,500.

BOSTON — As frustration with the state's vaccination efforts grow, Gov. Charlie Baker detailed plans to Monday to have 103 public vaccination sites open by the end of the week with an online map and registration portal ready for eligible residents to make appointments.

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Straining under record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates. Many of the facilities are clustered in the South and West.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is lifting a "stay at home" advisory and curfews on businesses, citing improving conditions in the state's battle against the coronavirus.

BOSTON — The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been painfully slow in Massachusetts and elsewhere, but medical experts expect things to ramp up in coming weeks.

BOSTON — The state is dropping a new requirement that school-age children be vaccinated for influenza, citing a mild flu season and the need to focus on fighting the coronavirus.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden is making his entrance in the nation's capital for Wednesday's inauguration, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The College Board said Tuesday it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The National Guard has responded to a Berkshire County nursing home where there have been more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and staff, authorities said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has begun its confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary-nominee Janet Yellen with Democrats and Republicans squaring off immediately over how much more support the economy, hammered during the pandemic, requires.


BALTIMORE (AP) — The $1.9 trillion rescue plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden offers the chance to sculpt the U.S. economy toward the Democrats’ liking: a $15 minimum wage, aid to poor families and federal dollars going to public schools.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Getting 100 million shots into Americans' arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by …


ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.

BOSTON — The Baker administration is touting grants to businesses struggling amid the economic fallout of the pandemic, but business leaders say more relief is needed.

BOSTON — New claims for unemployment benefits in Massachusetts ticked up again last week as as the coronavirus continues to hammer the state’s economy.

BOSTON — Two inmates at a Massachusetts medium and minimum security prison that focuses on mental health have recently died of COVID-19 complications, officials say.

BOSTON — The state is trying to recoup nearly $190 million in “overpayments” from jobless workers who received unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is preparing to open its first mass vaccination site this week at Gillette Stadium as the state ramps up efforts to get shots into arms and help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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NEWARK, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, three weeks after getting his first one with television cameras rolling in an attempt to reassure the American public that the inoculations are safe.

BOSTON — Citing an increase in eviction cases, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday issued a tenant rights advisory to help ensure that people at risk of losing their homes are aware of their rights and ways to access assistance.

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