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In this July 2, 2014 photo, vacationer Mark McCurdy, of Everett, Mass., examines shark-themed clothing at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham, Mass. Growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs as residents and tourists seek a glimpse of the offshore predators -- or purchase their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Shark sightings off Cape Cod boost tourism

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more … 0

JetBlue pilot arrested in Boston drug bust

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common. Police said John Manwaring, 42, of Maitland, Florida, and a woman with him were charged with heroin possession. Police said Manwaring told them he … 0

Resurgence of gray seals spurs calls for hunt

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century because of hunting, with Massachusetts keeping a seal … 0

Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate … 0

Bill on tap to strengthen abortion clinic safety

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A bill intended to address the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law is expected to be filed this week. The high court last month tossed out the law that established 35-foot protest-free “buffer zones” around the entrances of abortion … 0

State probation trial final arguments set

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON — The federal trial of former state probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies could be heading to the jury soon. The prosecution rested its case Friday and the defense opted not to call any witnesses, including O’Brien. O’Brien and two deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, … 0

Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was … 0

Lowell fire leaves 7 dead

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOWELL — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. Authorities … 0

Director named for UMass’ Springfield center

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield native on Thursday was named to lead the new University of Massachusetts downtown Springfield satellite center. William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Tower Square. Davila is a 1996 graduate of UMass-Amherst who holds advanced degrees from Boston … 0

Mohegan Sun, Boston strike deal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Mayor Martin Walsh and Mohegan Sun announced a deal Thursday that would provide the city with at least $300 million in investments over 15 years if the casino company wins a state gambling license. The American Indian tribe-owned company proposes a $1.3 billion resort casino at … 0

Massachusetts Senate approves environmental bill

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $1.9 billion, four-year environmental bond bill. The legislation is intended to help preserve and improve land, parks and renewable energy resources. During Thursday’s debate, senators added $200 million to the bill. Among the dozens of spending projects is … 0

Compounding pharmacy oversight changes signed

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Two years after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed a law he said would address a “gray area” between state and federal oversight of the pharmacies. The measure includes new licensing and labeling … 0

State reports progress in fixing hobbled health website

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — State officials are offering an upbeat assessment of efforts to repair the state’s hobbled health insurance website. Maydad Cohen, special assistant to Gov. Deval Patrick, told the state’s health connector board on Thursday that new software purchased by the state passed initial tests with flying colors. … 0