Are Ben & Jerry’s cows actually happy? That question may be settled in court

In a class-action suit, Ben & Jerry’s is accused of falsely claiming the milk used in its ice cream comes exclusively from “happy cows” and so-called humane “Caring Dairy” farms.

Northeastern University ranked third in the 2018-19 school year behind New York University and the University of Southern California with the largest number of foreign students, more than 16,000.

Fewer foreign students coming to the United States

Massachusetts fared better than other states, drawing about 71,100 students from abroad, a 4.3 percent increase from the previous year, making it the fourth most popular destination. Several other states with large shares of foreign student saw their numbers shrink.

Andrew MacCormack (left) and Vanessa Masucci (right).

Husband found guilty of first degree murder in slaying of Lynn elementary school teacher

A Revere man Monday was convicted of first degree murder for killing his wife, a Lynn elementary school teacher, in their Revere home in 2017.

Creating cross-cultural bonds in Lynn

Eight women from Belfast visited Girls Inc. of Lynn on Friday, on the final evening of their 10-day trip, to learn new ways to empower and unify children at home.

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Massachusetts tops nation in new index of economic insecurity for elders living alone

Even in a strong national economy, half of older Americans living alone and nearly a quarter of older couples struggle to afford basic necessities, according to a new report that lists Massachusetts as a leading state for “elder economic insecurity.”

Discuss ‘Seeing red’

We are trapped by some of the nation’s worst rush-hour traffic. Our aging transit system is strained. A booming economy — and thousands of new employees here — are behind this crisis. Who is to blame? What are some solutions? Tell us what you think.

Massachusetts highway exits to be renumbered by January 2022

The shift, which will be complete by the start of 2022, will affect most interstates and state highways.

Athol man arrested in slaying of woman found near treatment plant

Keith Hamel was arrested on a warrant charging him with the Nov. 11 murder of Kelsey Clifford, 26.

Boston police headquarters has window broken by bullet

It was unclear whether the shots were fired at the building intentionally.

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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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BOSTON, MA - 1/14/2019: The bust of John Adams is in background as Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke at Boston EMS graduation of 19 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) recruits in a ceremony at Faneuil Hall held before family, friends and colleagues. This graduating class will be assigned to 9-1-1 ambulances, strengthening the city's emergency medical services (EMS). (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo

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As Marty Walsh prepares to go to Northern Ireland, he knows Boston can play a role on the world stage

When Mayor Marty Walsh visits Belfast next week, the cynics will see a junket. But this stuff matters.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018, a customer packs her shopping into a plastic bag in a supermarket in Chiba. - Japanese retailers including supermarkets and convenience stores will be required to charge for plastic bags ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, a government panel agreed on November 1, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP) (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Massachusetts Senate to debate a plastic bag ban

The legislation represents the work of a coalition of environmental, retail, and municipal groups. 

State will begin screening colleges for closure risk

The new law aims to protect students from sudden closures like the 2018 shuttering of Mount Ida College.

11 taken to hospital with minor injuries after school bus crash in Milford

Police responded to the crash between a school bus and a car at around 3 p.m.

New Orange Line car goes off rails in Wellington yard

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, and an inspection found no significant damage to the vehicle.

Authorities say man fatally shot by police had stabbed wife

The man refused to drop his knife when Westborough police came to intervene, according to prosecutors.

Federal officials, SWAT team arrest 2 men who allegedly brought firearms from Vermont to sell in Boston

A SWAT team and federal officials intercepted a 58-year-old Revere man and a 54-year-old Vermont man in South Boston and arrested them before they could sell or trade firearms, Boston police said.

Man injured when tractor-trailer rolls over on Andover on-ramp between Interstates 93 and 495

A man was injured after his tractor-trailer rolled over on an on-ramp between interstates 93 and 495 in Andover Monday afternoon, Massachusetts State Police said.

Lina Bolanos and Richard Field.

Man charged with killing two doctors in South Boston condo goes on trial this week

Dr. Richard Field, a North Shore pain clinic doctor, and his fiancee, Dr. Lina Bolanos, were slain in 2017 in their condo building, allegedly by Bampumim Teixeira.

53 homes evacuated after contractor strikes gas line in Lawrence

Over 50 homes were evacuated in Lawrence Monday afternoon after a contractor struck a gas line, Lawrence firefighters said, triggering flashbacks to last year’s deadly Merrimack Valley explosions and the gas leak that displaced hundreds a year later.

Human skull found by hunter in Blandford

A hunter in Blandford found a human skull in the woods near his house Sunday morning, officials said.

Hands of a woman using her mobile phone while driving.

After it languished for years, lawmakers look set to pass ban on cell phone use while driving

The bill would install stiff penalties for those caught tapping at a phone while driving in non-emergency situations: $100 for a first offense; $250 for a second; and $500 for third and subsequent infractions.

Worcester, MA - The casket of Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard is carried during the procession of the funeral for Menard at St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester, Mass. on Monday, Nov. 18. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 19funeral

‘We’re all brothers’: Firefighters gather for Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard’s funeral

Menard, who died saving the lives of two fellow firefighters in a burning building last week, was praised Monday at his funeral for making the ultimate sacrifice.

View of Moon limb with Earth on the horizon,Mare Smythii Region. Earth rise. This image was taken before separation of the LM and the Command Module during Apollo 11 Mission. Original film magazine was labeled V. Film Type: S0-368 Color taken with a 250mm lens. Approximate photo scale 1:1,300,000. Principal Point Latitude was 3 North by Longitude 85 East. Foward overlap is 90%. Sun angle is High. Approximate Tilt minimum is 65 degrees,maximum is 69. Tilt direction is West (W).

Preserving nature on 50 percent of the planet could affect more than a billion people, research finds

The ambitious new idea of “Half Earth” — sparing 50 percent of the planet for Nature — may be attractive as scientists warn of climate change and mass extinctions in the future. But a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge says the idea would affect more than 1 billion people.

MBTA Red Line delays morning commute after train gets stuck at Davis Square

The MBTA’s Red Line continued to inconvenience riders Monday morning after a partial weekend shutdown as a train with a mechanical problem at Davis Square Station had to be pushed out of service, the MBTA said.

Man, 45, arrested in Tyngsborough on charges of breaking into wife’s N.H., home and stealing gun

Hudson, N.H., police asked residents to shelter in place Sunday afternoon after a 45-year-old man violated his restraining order by entering his wife’s home and stealing a firearm before he fled into the woods and was arrested in Tyngsborough, Mass., Sunday night, Hudson, N.H., police said.

Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) deploys snowflake magic in

‘Frozen II’ is coming — but before ‘Frozen,’ there was the other ‘Frozen,’ for mature audiences

The original movie, beloved by millions of kids under 10, shares a title with an earlier, critically acclaimed play about a child killer that came under scrutiny in 2004 not for its stark content but for plagiarism allegations leveled against the author.

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Holyoke man charged after son allegedly ingests heroin, tells teacher it turns him into Spider Man

A Holyoke man is facing drug and child endangerment charges after his 5-year-old son allegedly ingested heroin, court records show.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a presidential forum at the California Democratic Party's convention Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

What does Cory Booker think of Deval Patrick’s entry into the presidential contest? We asked him

While campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend, Senator Cory Booker weighed in on former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s entrance into the presidential race.

Sleet, freezing rain will affect Monday morning commute

Commuters around New England should watch out for slippery roads on Monday morning, as light freezing rain and pockets of sleet are expected to move into the region.

Audience members held candles during a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance at St. Paul's Church in downtown Boston.

Hundreds fill Boston church for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hope and sadness filled the atmosphere as a crowd of about 300 people filled the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Sunday evening for a Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil.

Infant, father found dead in their home in Hillsboro, N.H.

A 4-month-old girl and her father were found dead in Hillsboro on Sunday morning in what officials are calling an ongoing suspicious death investigation.

Littleton man seriously injured after being struck by vehicle

A Littleton man was seriously injured Sunday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Ayer Road in Littleton.

Worcester firefighters walked in a procession to Jason Menard’s wake Sunday in Worcester.

Hundreds line up to pay respects to fallen Worcester firefighter

Mourners gathered Sunday afternoon to remember Jason Menard, the Worcester firefighter who died in the line of duty after saving the lives of two of his comrades inside a burning building.

Boston, MA - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh waves during the Veterans Day Parade in Boston, Mass. on Monday, Nov. 11. The parade started at Charles and Boylston Streets and ending at City Hall Plaza. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 12bakerphoto

Mayor Walsh responds to Boston police overtime fraud investigation

In light of Friday’s Globe report that a federal grand jury is investigating accusations of overtime fraud in the Boston Police Department, Mayor Martin J. Walsh responded in a short interview with WBZ Radio.

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick speaks as he kicks off his presidential campaign at the California Democratic Party 2019 Fall Endorsing Convention in Long Beach, California on November 16, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Patrick will accept Super PAC support, pledges intraparty civility

In his most potentially controversial statement Sunday, Patrick told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that he wouldn’t discourage Super PACs from supporting his candidacy, acknowledging that after his late entry into the race, “we need to do some catchup.”

Emily Stein, president of the Safe Roads Alliance, placed yellow flowers on the steps of the State House on Sunday.

Vigil to end motor vehicle crashes highlights safety measures, distracted driving legislation on Beacon Hill

Several people shared stories of loss as part of the fifth annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims memorial vigil held in Boston.

A sign outside of Malden District Court.

Officials acknowledge health concerns at Malden District Court played role in its temporary closure

They say employees had been expressing concerns, and an environmental assessment showed dust, chemicals, and other irritants had been found in the building.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Driver injured after crashing into Upton store

The operator of the truck, who has not been identified, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, police said.

For Marshfield voters, a time to pay more?

Voters are deciding whether to approve a tax hike that would allow the town to borrow about $41 million toward building a new police station and public works facility, adding on to the senior center, and repairing some sea walls in the South Shore town.

Auditing company investigating RMV is keeping records private

Grant Thornton LLP, which has already been paid nearly $2 million by the state, argued the documents are confidential under its agreement with Massachusetts.

Major General Maria Barrett (left) and Brigadier General Paula Lodi are the first sisters to become generals in US Army history.

Franklin natives are first sisters to become US Army generals

Major General Maria Barrett and Brigadier General Paula Lodi said the lessons they learned growing up helped them reach this unprecedented position.


Maine man charged with causing double-fatal crash

A married couple, 48-year-old Derek Trudeau and 40-year-old Stephanie Trudeau, of Litchfield, were killed as they were travelling to pick up their 9-year-old child.

Police release name of 22-year-old Mass. woman killed in R.I. crash

Police have released the identity of a female passenger who was killed in a crash that resulted in drunken driving charges for the driver.

David K. Njuguna enters Worcester Superior Court in Worcester, Massachusetts next to his lawyer Michael Hussey and waits for Judge Janet Kenton-Walker's finding Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Njuguna was found guilty Tuesday by Judge Kenton-Walker of involuntary manslaughter in the March 2016 death of Trooper Thomas Clardy. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

Man convicted in death of State Police trooper faces sentencing on Thursday

David Njuguna, who was convicted last Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter in the March 2016 death of Trooper Thomas Clardy, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

In this Aug. 28, 2019, photo, a man exhales while using an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year. The industry and its lobbyists urged lawmakers to leave mint and menthol alone. A proposed ban that President Donald Trump outlined Wednesday, Sept. 11, would supersede any state inaction and includes a ban on mint and menthol. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Massachusetts Senate to debate ban on flavored tobacco

The Massachusetts Senate is poised to debate a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75 percent excise tax on nicotine vaping products.

17-year-old killed in crash in Brewer, Maine

Police say a teenage driver was killed and a passenger was injured in a crash in Brewer, Maine.

Driver busted for hitting 126 m.p.h. on I-95 in New Hampshire

The driver, a 19-year-old Maine man, told troopers he was running late for work Sunday morning.

Pall bearers carry the casket of Worcester firefighter Lt. Jason Menard into his funeral mass in St. John's Church in Worcester, Mass. Monday Nov. 18, 2019. Mourners from fire departments across the region are expected at the funeral of the fire lieutenant who died after saving two colleagues. (Ashley Green/The Telegram & Gazette via AP, Pool)

Photos: Hundreds of firefighters attend funeral for Lt. Jason Menard

Worcester fire Lieutenant Jason Menard died last week in the line of duty.