BOSTON (AP) — The number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts rose by 41 on Tuesday while the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased by more than 2,200.

BOSTON — The state is launching a new pilot COVID-19 testing program aimed at providing on-demand testing to child care providers and the families they serve to ensure easy access to testing when there is suspected COVID-19 exposure, officials said Monday.

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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.

BOSTON — Suicide enablers could face penalties and even prison under a proposal inspired by the case of Michelle Carter, who was convicted more than three years ago of using text messages to goad her boyfriend into killing himself.

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BEVERLY — Beverly Regional Airport plans to lengthen its main runway by 600 feet as part of a $20 million effort to upgrade the city-owned airport in the next few years.

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BATH, Maine (AP) — The commercial fishery for herring has suffered in recent years due to new restrictions, but those same rules could benefit some of Maine's most beloved birds — puffins.

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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 — The owner of a bookkeeping firm formerly on Boardman Street, Newburyport, that provided payroll and tax services to small businesses agreed in federal court to plead guilty to a scheme to defraud her clients by diverting the money set aside by her clients for payroll taxes.

ESSEX — In news taken from the logs of Essex's police and fire departments:

BOSTON — While public transit employees wait for their turn to receive vaccines, COVID-19 cases among MBTA employees spiked in recent weeks to their highest recorded level since the pandemic started last year.

MANCHESTER— In news taken from the logs of Manchester's police and fire departments: 

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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FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — Two trail runners were airlifted from a New Hampshire mountain over the weekend after one man lost his shoes and continued running barefoot through several feet of snow, officials said.

SALEM — A man and a woman are in serious or critical condition Monday morning as police continue to look for the person who shot both of them multiple times Sunday night in a Perkins Street apartment. 

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In China, 2021 is down as the Year of the Ox. In the cold waters off the coast of New England, it is shaping up as the Year of the Whale. The North Atlantic right whale.

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When Dave Lash first moved to Cape Ann over 30 years ago, he was scared to learn that his local lakes, streams and watersheds were at risk of deterioration due to a lack of stewardship.

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We here at FishOn often worry we've allowed baseball its own mission creep into our weekly dispatches. It is our weakness and perhaps a metaphysical longing for a simpler and more egalitarian time. And it's baseball, so feel free to tell our momma on us.

The superintendents and leaders of the teachers' unions for Cape Ann's three school districts are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to move educators into the first phase of the state's vaccine distribution plan. 

BOSTON — President Joe Biden has pledged to provide more support for small businesses hammered by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and while the state's business leaders say they're optimistic that more aid will be coming, they're also worried some of the new administration'…

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Bacon here! I am a 6-year-old former stray looking for a safe space to spend my days. I am still adjusting to indoor living so I would love a quiet, low-traffic home with adults and perhaps some older children. I had some dental care here at the shelter, and it's possible I might need more i…

ESSEX— In news taken from the logs of Essex's police and fire departments:

BOSTON — Lawmakers are revisiting a sweeping climate change proposal vetoed by the Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month, setting the stage for a possible clash over provisions of the bill the governor rejected.

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ROCKPORT —Geralyn "Gerri" Falco has been living life as a retiree for the last week, following more than 15 years on the job as the town's conservation agent.

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One Cape Ann restaurant got highly creative in pivoting to keep its business afloat, using both an indoor pool area and outdoor decking to create a novel dining experience.

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HAVERHILL — Amazon is coming to Haverhill, with plans to open a 142,000-square-foot distribution center as part of the e-commerce giant's "last mile" fulfillment program, Mayor James Fiorentini announced Friday in a joint statement with Eastern Real Estate, which owns the property.

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A bill championed by the late Pete Frates — to ensure that people diagnosed with degenerative nerve disease get immediate access to Social Security Insurance benefits — is now law.

SALEM — A well-known defense attorney was ordered detained until trial following a hearing Thursday after being charged last week with raping an acquaintance in her Boston apartment after a night out. 

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