Alleged sexual assault victim files suit against Hefner and Rosenberg

The civil lawsuit expands the legal trouble for Bryon Hefner, but marks the first court action taken against former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

Boston, MA - 05/08/18 - Hundreds rallied inside the State House for paid leave and a $15 minimum wage. The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rally featured speakers and a march inside the building that passed by Speaker DeLeo's office. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (in caps) Topic: (09rally)

Beacon Hill is close to a grand bargain on minimum wage, paid leave, and sales tax

Activists and business leaders who have been pressing these ballot questions are set to meet with legislative leaders on Wednesday — but they could still walk away and go to voters.

Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in 1995.

Murder trial of Mafia boss Frank Salemme shed light on 25-year mystery, victim’s family says

The DiSarros said they hope for a just verdict, but whatever the outcome, they are grateful that decades of questions have finally been answered.

This 2-year-old Honduran girl was one of 2,300 children separated from parents at the border in the last month.

Child health specialists see lasting harm in family separations

In addition to short-term stress, pediatric psychiatrists worry about long-term effects of border policy on children.

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Tyngsborough police officers rescue woman from house fire

Two officers entered the home on Derby Lane and helped a 57-year-old woman to evacuate, officials said.

Body found in Franklin Park, police say

Boston police received a call at 6:15 p.m. reporting a body found at North Jewish War Veterans Drive and Pierpont Road, a spokeswoman said.


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Elderly lobsterman rescued off Gloucester

The 78-year-old man on the Sea Force One was found bleeding, but conscious, 17 miles off Gloucester, officials said.

Read the DiSarro family’s statement

The family of South Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro spoke out on Tuesday with a statement on the trial of New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh first proposed a municipal lobbying law two years ago.

City Council offers own lobbying bill, straying from Marty Walsh’s proposal

The council proposal differs sharply from Walsh’s version, which mirrors state law and calls for far tougher penalties for violators, but which needs state approval and has languished before the council for two years.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington.

Federal jury awards HIV patient $18.4m in medical malpractice suit

Sean Stentiford alleged his doctors at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington should have tested him for the virus that causes AIDS.

Poppy Sombah (left) and Freddy Sombah listened to an Indonesian community leader at their home in Somersworth, N.H. The couple fled Indonesia to escape harassment from their Muslim neighbors following Poppy's conversion to Christianity after marrying.

Federal officials bar immigrant advocates, translator from government building

Federal officials in New Hampshire have stunned advocates for Indonesian Christians at risk of deportation by barring clergy who support them from a federal building in Manchester.

Nick Bonanno pushed his father, Russ Bonanno, down the hallway at the VA in Bedford.

Lawmakers demand secret VA nursing home data be released after report

Both the Republican-led House and Senate VA committees requested briefings from VA officials following the investigative report by the Globe and USA Today.

Jeff A. Weiss (left) took over as Lesley University president in July 2016.

Citing personal health, Lesley’s president is stepping down

Jeff Weiss, who took over the job in July 2016, will resign on Aug. 31.

Hanover pond shut down indefinitely after inactive explosive discovered

A fisherman at Factory Pond snagged his line on an object last week that turned out to be an explosive device, an official said.

Two men charged with sex trafficking in Boston, on Cape Cod

Two men were indicted last week on charges of sex trafficking of multiple victims in Boston and on Cape Cod, including children, prosecutors said.

More than 20 cars were vandalized in Randolph Monday night.

Police probing car vandalism spree in Randolph

Officials are investigating a vandalism spree in Randolph that left more than 20 vehicles with symbols spray-painted on them Monday night.

Rights group sues Bristol sheriff who detained Salvadoran for ICE

A civil rights group says Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and members of his jail staff violated the immigrant’s civil and constitutional rights by holding him on a civil detainer.

The driver was not injured, and officials quickly cleared away the wire so he could get out of the truck, Brockton officials said.

Tractor-trailer caught in wires in Brockton, briefly trapping driver

A tractor-trailer driving through a Brockton neighborhood got tangled in some electrical wires Tuesday afternoon.

Fish with a ‘big schnoz’ helps UMass scientists understand strange genetic traits

A team of University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers believe they may have discovered a previously unknown route to the development of novel traits – a route that already exists naturally.

Milford MA 6/19/18 Mike Dundas CEO of Sira Naturals, a marijuana cultivation facility that may be the first in Massachusetts to receive a state recreational license in one of their grow rooms inspecting his product. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

The first recreational marijuana license in Mass. could be granted Thursday

The Cannabis Control Commission will vote Thursday on whether to issue a license to a cultivation facility in Milford.

Some of Gloucester’s downtown residents (the humans) say that they feel under siege by the city’s other downtown residents (the gulls). The humans say the gulls have invaded, nesting on roofs, tearing into trashbags like they’re tortillas, and creating an incessant racket that destroys sanity and a good night’s sleep.

The gull next door: Some Gloucester residents can’t stand all the seabirds

Gloucester has a lot of seagulls. But does it have a seagull problem?

Man convicted of operating family stash houses for fentanyl and heroin gets 54-month prison term

Josuel Moises Patrone-Gonzalez was sentenced in US District Court in Boston after pleading guilty in March.

US Border Patrol agents took into custody a father and son from Honduras near the US-Mexico border this month near Mission, Texas. The asylum seekers were then sent to a US Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.


Wails of children is the sound of zero tolerance

A dispiriting 27 percent of the country supports the so-called zero-tolerance policy that has led to a sudden, dramatic increase in families being separated at the southern border.

Judge Timothy Feeley (left) in 2015.

Immigration agents arrest Mass. man after criticism of sentence

Immigration agents have arrested a Massachusetts man whose sentence for selling heroin sparked criticisms that the judge in the case was too lenient.

Central American asylum seekers waited last week as Border Patrol agents took people into custody. The families were then sent to a Customs and Border Protection processing center for possible separation.

Attorneys general, former US attorneys blast Trump for separating kids, families at border

A bipartisan group that includes former Mass. US attorneys Carmen Ortiz and Donald K. Stern is calling on the Trump administration to stop separating children from their families at the border.

Boston police apprehend Dorchester road rage suspect in New Hampshire

The suspect, Andrew O’Brien, 29, of Rochester, N.H., was taken into custody in his city on Tuesday, according to a statement from Boston police.

All lanes reopened on I-495 in Westford after electrical fire

Officials have reopened all lanes on Interstate 495 in the Westford area, after an electrical fire caused extensive traffic backups north of Boston Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon J. Lyons is arraigned in his hospital bed at Boston Medical Center, in front of Judge Edmund Matters. Defense attorney Shannon Hinegardner held the sheet over Lyons's face.

‘The man chased me and he grabbed my wrists’: Terrified jogger describes kidnapping attempt

A woman who fought off an alleged kidnapping attempt in Bridgewater described the encounter that turned her jog into moments of terror.

What’s next for Mass. progressives now that the ‘millionaires tax’ has been tossed out by court?

Interviews with key groups and activists suggest things are still in flux, but there are some obvious places where they will make efforts.

Soda industry fires salvo at Harvard researchers over sugary drink study warnings

In a statement, the American Beverage Association decried what it called the “misleading labels” being advocated by a group of Harvard researchers.

Armed robbery reported in Wakefield

A man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in Wakefield early Tuesday morning by two masked men who fled in a minivan and then shot at him as he chased them down the highway.

Attleboro child scales ‘un-climbable’ pool ladder in video

The video, taken by an Attleboro family of their toddler climbing what is supposed to be a gate that keeps children from getting into a pool, has been viewed millions of times.

Got open warrants? Do yourself a favor — don’t evade T fares

Jonathan Walsh was spotted “piggybacking” behind a paying rider Friday and things quickly took a turn for the worse, police said.

Monday’s storm causes roof collapse at Springfield apartment, displacing 100 people

All three floors of the 26-unit apartment building were affected, but no one was injured.

Fans lined up in droves as Boston ‘Hamilton’ tickets went on sale Tuesday morning

They didn’t want to throw away their shot.

Someone’s breaking into homes in the predawn hours in Dorchester

Boston police are warning Dorchester residents to remain vigilant after several recent early-morning break-ins in the neighborhood.

Regular service resumes on Green Line in Brookline

A crash left a car straddling the tracks on Beacon Street during the Tuesday morning commute, officials said.

Florida man killed after being thrown from truck in I-495 rollover in Bridgewater

The 66-year-old was killed after he lost control of his Toyota Tundra on Tuesday morning.

Here are all the stations where the MBTA is raising or lowering parking rates

Is your commute about to get more expensive? Check this list for all the changes.

Power outages, lightning strikes, a funnel cloud - it was just another Monday in Mass.

Roughly 1,200 Mass. customers were still without electricity Tuesday morning following last night’s powerful weather system that brought howling winds and heavy rain.

Natick, MA, 06/18/18 People cool off at Cochituate State Park to escape the early heat wave, and ten year old Armando Majano, cq, of Everett, had his lunch in one of the hammocks set up in the park. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Tuesday will be warm, but not as muggy as yesterday

Clouds will give way to sunshine, with a high near 81 degrees today, but the evening promises to be cooler.

Jim Graham with a picture of the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, who he contends was his father.  Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Body of priest is exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago

For 25 years, Jim Graham has tried to prove he is the son of a deceased Catholic priest. A DNA sample from the priest’s exhumed body should offer a morbid end to his search.

Maine police cruiser crashes into another car responding to call

Maine police officials say a police officer responding to a suspected assault over the weekend crashed into another vehicle.

Officials confirm whooping cough outbreak at N.H. high school

New Hampshire state officials say there are currently 22 diagnosed cases of whooping cough at a school in Exeter.

Conn. police arrest suspected serial arsonist blamed for 30 fires

Connecticut police have arrested a man suspected of setting around 30 fires in New Haven.

Lowell, MA: 6-18-18: Three pedestrians with matching umbrellas stay dry during a rain storm on Aiken Street in Lowell early this evening. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Thunderstorms leave thousands without power in Mass.

The storms that swept across the state last night brought heavy rainfall and strong winds that toppled trees and power lines.

Alison Reeves, 29, took Faith, her late brother’s beloved dog, for a walk in the Blue Hills.

‘We want to shine a light on something no one wants to shine a light on.’ A sister turns her grief into action

After her brother’s suicide, Alison Reeves decided to turn her grief into action.

Fire in Brighton injures 2 firefighters

The firefighters’ injuries were minor, and no other injuries were reported.

Car drives through wall of Lynn apartment building

The incident happened near Chatham Street and Oakwood Avenue, according to a Lynn police dispatcher.