Fall River mayor wins slot on reelection ballot after arrest for alleged extortion

The city has been thrown into the spotlight this month as Jasiel Correia found himself in legal trouble for the second time in a year.

Boston 08/20/19 United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced the arrest of Mass State Police Union President Dana Pullman, and Boston lobbyist Anne Lynch Wednesday morning at the ir homes. The press conference was held at the Moakley Federal Courthouse, where the two will face an afternoon hearing. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro

Settlement means nursing home company will now accept opioid-addicted patients

Advocates and hospital officials around the country have long complained that nursing homes turn away patients taking medication for opioid addiction.

Richard Stallman, shown in a 1999 file photo.

Richard Stallman resigns from MIT after comments about Jeffrey Epstein

Stallman, a pioneering computer scientist, has for years written about a variety of issues, including Jeffrey Epstein and the scientist’s own views on pedophilia.

A man passed a Boston Public Health Commission Police car parked on Atkinson Street in Boston. In early August, Boston police officers arrested 34 people in an area known as “Methadone Mile.” Since then, the neighborhood has remained on edge. Those who work with drug users and the homeless believe the stepped-up police presence creates turmoil for already vulnerable populations. But some South End residents want law enforcement to do more.

‘It’s the worst it’s ever been’: After police crackdown, unease grows in the South End

The Boston police crackdown in the South End, starting in August with a string of raids in which 34 people were arrested, has divided the neighborhood.

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Lizzo worked out at Boston University Fitness Center before concert

Hip-hop star Lizzo was “stayin[g] strong on the road” at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center on Tuesday afternoon before her concert in Boston, according to the 31-year-old rapper’s Instagram story.

Amid tumult, State Police union gets new president

A day after the president for the union that represents Massachusetts State Police troopers and sergeants resigned, the labor group — one of the most powerful in the state — announced a new leader.

Why the vaping lung crisis is exploding now, according to Boston doctors

‘We weren’t asking the right questions,’ says one doctor who treated patients with the lung injury caused by vaping.

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to threatening Massachusetts professor

A Rhode Island man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending threatening emails to a Massachusetts university professor and school officials, the US Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts said.

Swastikas found scrawled inside stall in boys bathroom at Needham High School

Three small swastikas were found scrawled in a stall in a boys’ bathroom at Needham High School on Monday, the Needham schools superintendent said.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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There were injuries after a tractor-trailer and a car collided on the Massachusetts Turnpike ramp at Exit 14.

Four injured after tractor-trailer rolls onto car in Weston

Four people were injured Tuesday after a tractor-trailer rolled over onto a car on Interstate 90 in Weston, Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.

Cambridge man arraigned on drunken driving charges after fatal Acton crash

A Cambridge man was arraigned Monday on drunken driving charges in connection with a fatal single-car crash in Acton early Sunday, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

Boston, MA - 8/13/19 The Boston City Council, chaired by Councilor-At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George (cq), third from right, holds a Working Session on the Opioid Crisis (cq) in the Piemonte Room (cq). The session is open to the public. Listening to Dr. Jessie Gaeta (cq), from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (cq) are, from the left Michael F. Flaherty (cq), Althea Garrison (cq), Timothy McCarthy (cq), Frank Baker (cq), Essaibi-George, Matt O'Malley (cq), and Kim Janey (cq). (Michelle Wu (cq) had left the meeting.) Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14opioids Reporter: Milton Valencia

Boston City Council race reflects an evolving Boston

This year’s races feature the most impressive field of candidates in years — attracted both by the rise of Ayanna Pressley and a significant number of open seats.

Downtown Boston McDonald’s evacuated after pepper spray incident

Authorities cleared a McDonald’s near Boston’s Downtown Crossing after two men allegedly used pepper spray inside the establishment Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

New Hampshire is suing four members of the Sackler family, saying they orchestrated and benefited from Purdue Pharma’s deceptive and unlawful promotion and distribution of opioids in the state.

N.H. sues four Sacklers, saying they orchestrated deceptive opioid distribution

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says the Sacklers “enriched themselves individually while draining Purdue of financial resources.”

Sandra Crispo was last seen Aug. 7, Hanson police said.

Police still searching for missing Hanson woman who disappeared six weeks ago

Police are continuing to search for Sandra E. Crispo, who was last seen almost six weeks ago, but there is no evidence of foul play, police said.

Woman assaulted while walking Mattapan bike path

The attack occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday near Ryan Playground, which is located at 350 River St., police said.

On Feb. 3, 2017, multiple shots were reported inside the Macy’s department store at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

Quincy man sentenced for 2017 South Shore Plaza shooting

The Quincy man who caused chaos when he fired multiple gunshots in the crowded South Shore Plaza in February 2017 was sentenced to five to six years in prison Tuesday, prosecutors said.

If you take a look at temperatures just before sunrise Thursday, some of the models are predicting readings in the upper 20s in the very coldest spots of New England — interior Maine and parts of Northern Worcester and Franklin counties.

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First, New England could see frosty weather. Then, temperatures may be around 80 this weekend. What’s going on?

This time of the year can feature a big whiplash in temperatures, and we are going to see quite the swing between Wednesday and the weekend.

Mike's Pastry will be one of 18 food vendors in a new food hall slated to open this winter on Causeway Street.

A new Boston food hall will feature Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s, and Sullivan’s, among others

Some of New England’s most popular food vendors will come together in a new food hall on Causeway Street this winter.

A great white shark was spotted attacking an animal in the ocean off Orleans Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Shark spotted attacking animal in Orleans

A great white shark was spotted attacking an animal in the ocean off Orleans Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Two separate fatal crashes about six miles apart on Interstate 95 in Southeastern Massachusetts were reported within 16 minutes of each other on Monday night, State Police said.

Two separate I-95 fatal crashes were reported in 16 minutes Monday night in Southeastern Mass.

Two separate fatal crashes about six miles apart on Interstate 95 in Southeastern Massachusetts were reported within 16 minutes of each other on Monday night, State Police said.

Maynard police are looking for a robber who stole cash from a convenience store Sunday.

Maynard police seeking help identifying armed convenience store robber caught on video

Maynard police are asking for the public’s help identifying a convenience store robber captured on video Sunday pointing a handgun at a clerk and demanding cash.

The view of newly developed buildings from a roof deck patio on Fit Row at Assembly Row in Somerville.

These two Boston areas made CNN Money’s ‘Best Places to Live’ ranking

A lot of people in Greater Boston agree that the area is a great place to put down roots. Now, a new CNN Money list reinforces that notion.

A woman in her 60s died after being struck by a boom truck Tuesday morning while she was walking near the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square, officials said.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Harvard Square

A woman in her 60s died after being struck by a boom truck Tuesday morning while she was walking near the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square, officials said.

A United Airlines flight bound for Dublin was forced to make an emergency landing early Tuesday at Logan International Airport after reports of an unusual odor, officials said.

Dublin-bound flight makes emergency landing at Logan Airport because of unusual odor

A United Airlines flight bound for Dublin was forced to make an emergency landing early Tuesday at Logan International Airport after reports of an unusual odor, officials said.

The White Mountains.

Two Mass. men rescued while hiking in the White Mountains in N.H. Sunday

One Massachusetts man got lost after dark and another Massachusetts man was injured in a fall, in two separate incidents in the White Mountains on Sunday, officials said.

Business owner William Rick Singer, who is at the center of the college admissions cheating scandal, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the scam, which sparked heated debates about the often intractable class divide in higher education.

Woman arrested in Spain in college admissions case, bringing total number of defendants to 52

A 48-year-old woman became the 52nd defendant in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that has ensnared celebrities, business executives, and former coaches.

The Queen Mary 2 docked in Boston.

Two passengers fell ill on the Queen Mary 2, so the Coast Guard airlifted them to safety

Members of the US Coast Guard sprang into action Monday in waters off Cape Cod Monday.

Owner to go to court to challenge Quincy police decision to euthanize dog

Quincy police decided last week that the dog that attacked and bit a 30-year-old woman Sept. 2 must be euthanized, police said.

Stewart Weldon was led into Springfield District Court for arraignment on one of the charges in June 2018.

Accused serial killer Stewart Weldon asks for separate trials for his ‘three dead alleged victims’ and ‘eight living alleged victims’

Lawyers for the accused serial killer want his 52-count indictment broken up into separate trials.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Will a Florida appeals court give prosecutors more time to hone their arguments in the Kraft case?

The Fourth District Court of Appeals has not yet publicly responded to request by the Florida attorney general and Palm Beach County State’s Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Worcester man arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap girl after she got off school bus

Jose Palau of Worcester was arrested near 582 West Boylston St. around 2:20 p.m. Monday after the girl ran into a business and called the police.

Lowell, MA, 09/17/2019 -- The home where intruder, Hoeup Honn, killed a man on the first floor before making his way up to the second floor and raping a woman. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18lowell Feature:

Man allegedly assaulted another, who later died, and raped a woman during Lowell home invasion

Hoeup Honn, 38, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on charges of rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, legal filings show.

A flag-draped body was moved to a coroner’s vehicle at the scene of the explosion Monday.

In a tiny Maine town, nearly everyone feels the impact of deadly explosion

The remains of Fire Captain Michael Bell, killed in an apparent propane explosion, were brought back to the small, close-knit community he served for 30 years Tuesday.

Man fatally shot on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester

The man succumbing to his injuries after collapsing in the lobby of a neighborhood hotel Monday night, according to Boston police.

Woman scratched by coyote in Reading

Police believe the woman and her dog may have come across a hidden coyote den.

Mass. State trooper arrested in R.I. placed on leave

Brian Richard Kilfoyle, 31, of Berkeley, was “immediately relieved of duty,” and a hearing on his status is scheduled for Wednesday, according to David Procopio, a State Police spokesman.

A man works at the scene of a deadly propane explosion, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, which leveled new construction in Farmington, Maine. (Jacob Gage via AP)

Firefighter dies, 7 others hurt in Farmington, Maine, gas explosion

The propane gas explosion leveled a home for people with developmental disabilities after firefighters had responded to the scene.

According to the lawmakers, two Massachusetts lobster-related businesses have ceased operations, leaving more than 250 workers out of a job.

Chinese tariffs are taking a toll on Mass. lobster businesses, and lawmakers are speaking up

Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts are urging the US trade representative to “explore new markets for American lobster exports” following a year-plus of heavy Chinese tariffs on the imported crustacean.

State Police investigating two fatalities on I-95 in Attleboro

A man was found dead lying in the road of the southbound side of the highway near exit 1 around 9:45 p.m. At about the same time, a vehicle traveling north crashed into the woods near exit 5, and the occupant was killed, officials said.

Ninth North Atlantic right whale found dead

The whale was found dead Monday in waters off Long Island, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks during a town hall hosted by the NAACP on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. The congresswomen talked about their backgrounds and how they were disruptors who challenged conventional wisdom and assumptions about how to get elected, among other topics. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Ayanna Pressley to submit resolution calling for an impeachment inquiry of Brett Kavanaugh

“We must demand justice for survivors and hold Kavanaugh accountable for his actions,” said the Massachusetts Democrat in a statement.

Death investigation underway in Lowell

The Middlesex District Attorney’s office and the Lowell Police Department announced the investigation on social media on Monday night.

City breaks ground on new $23.5 million firehouse in Roxbury

The $23.5 million building will replace Engine 42, Rescue 2, District 9 Firehouse, which was built in 1952.

State Police announces new policy for tow companies

“This initiative represents many months of work to identify improvements for our tow service procedures,” Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin said in a statement.

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Bill to ban certain flame retardants will get another chance in Legislature

A bill to ban certain flame retardants that died on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk in January returns to the Senate floor Thursday.

Mass. State Police union president resigns

Facing a recall vote this week, Sergeant Mark Lynch has resigned in the latest leadership change to roil the union, one of the state’s most powerful labor groups.

Deb Goldberg moves toward congressional run

The state treasurer on Monday filed a statement of candidacy for the seat currently held by Joe Kennedy III.

Smoke in 2 Red Line stations, delays caused by malfunctioning breaker

Passengers on the MBTA’s Red Line saw delays up to 20 minutes after a malfunctioning breaker caused smoke on a southbound train, Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesman, said.