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BOSTON — With the state bleeding revenue, some economists are calling for tax increases to offset the need for layoffs and deep spending cuts.

[Coverage Developing] Three weeks after beginning to bring the state's economy out of its government-induced slumber, Massachusetts will move into the second phase of its reopening plan on Monday, when restaurants can open for outdoor dining, retailers can welcome shoppers back inside their stores and the limit on gathering size (currently at 10) could be "determined based on trends."

New state guidance allows for high schools to hold in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies starting July 19, with certain safety precautions in place and as long as public health data around COVID-19 allows the state to continue along its reopening plan.

BOSTON -- The COVID-19 public health emergency has delayed a lot of things already, and now the industry group that represents convenience stores is asking the Legislature and governor to delay the implementation of restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including mint and menthol cigarettes.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is extending a stay-at-home advisory and a shutdown of businesses by another two weeks as the state continues to battle a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths.

Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts relaxed rules for who can get tested for the coronavirus Saturday in an effort to identify more cases and slow the spread of the outbreak.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, according to a person familiar with her plans. The exit came days after the onetime front-runn…


EASTHAM, Mass. — The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest.


BOSTON — Immigrant advocates are slamming the Trump administration's decision to redeploy tactical units from the U.S.-Mexico border to crack down on illegal immigration in Boston and other "sanctuary" cities.

BOSTON — The offer to serve on President Donald Trump's new opioid commission presented Gov. Charlie Baker with an opportunity to serve at a level he has tried to avoid — the federal level.

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BOSTON — Partners HealthCare, a nonprofit group that includes major teaching hospitals as well as North Shore Medical Center, donated $100,000 toward the referendum campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts, prompting questions from a charter critic about what the ballot campaign has to do with health care.

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SALEM — Before there were the groundbreaking stories and accolades, before Columbia and Tufts universities, there was Rachel Zoll's hometown of Salem, where lifelong friends this week recalled a warm, kind, and fiercely intelligent young woman.