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This undated image released by Candlewick Press shows the cover of the children’s book “The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune” by Irish illustrator P.J. Lynch. Howland fell overboard into the Atlantic Ocean, was hauled back aboard, and made it through the first brutal winter in the New World. He married fellow passenger Elizabeth Tilley, lived with her into their 80s, and had 10 children and 88 grandchildren. More Americans can trace their roots to Howland than to any other of the first pilgrims. (Candlewick Press via AP)

Lucky Pilgrim is ancestor to millions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON — John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Yet Howland, who boarded the ship as Carver’s servant, probably had a greater impact on the history of the United States than any of them. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will sit …

Officer indicted in fabricated shootout found dead at home

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MILLIS — A former police officer fired and indicted for fabricating a story about a shootout with a mystery gunman in September and calling in a fake bomb threat to the high school was found dead at his home on Thanksgiving. Bryan Johnson, 24, was pronounced dead early Thursday, the Norfolk district attorney’s office said in a statement. Police said they were called …

State parks free this weekend

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Those whose Thanksgiving weekend plans include a trip to a state park in Massachusetts will be able to put away their wallets. The state has announced that all entry and parking fees will be waived at state parks from Thursday through Sunday. Gov. Charlie Baker said the fees are being waived in honor of veterans and those still serving in …

Baker adjusts child welfare protocols

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is making changes to the state’s child welfare department following a series of high-profile cases, including the death of a toddler who became known as Baby Doe after her remains turned up on a Boston Harbor beach over the summer. The girl …

State education board approves new hybrid test

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will soon be facing a new standardized test after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to combine elements of the existing MCAS test with another test aligned with Common Core state …

Teen refuses to continue with murder trial

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SALEM (AP) — The murder trial of a teenager charged with killing his math teacher ended early Tuesday when he told his lawyer he was “about to explode” and refused to go back into the courtroom. Denise Regan, …

Mental illness cited in boy’s killing of teacher

Monday, November 16, 2015

SALEM — A teenager killed his math teacher and did “unspeakable things” to her body, but he was driven by severe mental illness, his defense attorney told jurors at his murder trial Monday. Philip Chism, 16, is charged …

Baker: Opioid bill designed to ‘disrupt the status quo’

Monday, November 16, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is acknowledging his opioid abuse bill likely won’t reach his desk until sometime early in 2016. But Baker said Monday he hopes lawmakers will continue to work on the legislation even after formal sessions end this week so they can get the measure …

Baker aims to ‘set bar really high’

Monday, November 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s opposed to allowing Syrian refugees into the state in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Republican said Monday the safety of Massachusetts residents is his first priority. He said he would have to know a lot more …

Boston rallies for Paris

Monday, November 16, 2015

BOSTON — A crowd in Boston waved French flags and consoled each other Sunday during a rally supporting the people of Paris in the aftermath of attacks there that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350. A …

State’s leading Democrats lining up behind Clinton

Sunday, November 15, 2015

BOSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is picking up strong support among top Democrats in Massachusetts, while fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders of neighboring Vermont has failed to catch fire among the party higher-ups. The Associated Press attempted to contact all 25 of the state’s Democratic superdelegates to …

New England, Quebec officials urge hydropower push

Saturday, November 14, 2015

BOSTON — Quebec and New England officials called Friday for stepped up efforts to deliver hydropower across the U.S.-Canada border to the six-state region, arguing it would lower energy costs and help tackle climate change. Philippe Couillard, the …

As AG reviews fantasy sports, Governor Baker says its a game of skill

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says he does not consider daily fantasy sports to be a form of gambling. The Republican, responding to a reporter’s question, said he believes it’s a game of skill. He says he played a free game online to get a sense of what …